Never really had to sweat the Habs, but got a little fortunate with the Stars in overtime. We’ll take the 2-0, though.
Moving on to Tuesday…
Rangers -1.5 +135
The Vegas Golden Knights’ five-game winning streak came to a halt last night against the New York Islanders as they were hammered 6-3. In the process, Vegas lost Oscar Dansk (3-0, 1.78 GAA, .946 SV%) to an injury. Already without Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban, Vegas needed Maxime Lagace to make a relief appearance. It was not pretty for Lagace, as he stopped just seven of 11 shots. Lagace is an undrafted rookie who made 32 appearances in the American Hockey League last year, posting an abysmal .883 SV% and 3.56 GAA. He will struggle at the professional level, especially on the road and after making an appearance the night before.
The New York Rangers’ start to the season (3-7-2) is a head scratcher, as they have good talent up front and on the back end in Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk. The Rangers’ adjusted xGF/60 of 2.69 at 5-on-5 ranks fifth best in the National Hockey League. Much of the Rangers’ struggles can be attributed to the poor goaltending, as they have allowed the seventh-most goals per game (3.50). Nonetheless, Henrik Lundqvist is still one of the better netminders out there. "The King" is fresh and ready to get the Rangers into the win column. Over the past week in practice, some adjustments and issues concerning his game have been addressed by goalie coach Benoit Allaire.
In all three of the Rangers’ wins this season, they have won by at least two goals, while the Vegas Golden Knights have lost by three goals in both of their defeats. Predicting how much a team will win by is difficult, but it is a bad spot for an overachieving Vegas team. Motivation will not be an issue for the Rangers here, and in the end, we are optimistic that winning in regulation will not be a problem, and hopefully it will be by two or more goals.
Fair Odds: Rangers -1.5 +115
Nothing else on the ice for Tuesday.