Rangers, Flames look to stay on right track
Saturday, 11.07.2009 / 8:00 PM
Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer
RANGERS (10-6-1) at FLAMES (9-4-1)
Last 10 -- New York 4-5-1; Calgary 5-4-1
Season series -- This is their first meeting of the season. In their only meeting last season, the Flames beat the Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden.
Big Story -- Both teams are feeling good thanks to recent success after some tough times. The Flames are coming off back-to-back road OT wins after losing two straight at home. The Rangers defeated the Oilers 4-2 on Thursday after losing 3 of their previous 4 games.
Rangers -- There's nothing quite like three power-play goals to help a team struggling to score goals lately. After scoring just 5 goals in their previous 4 games, the Rangers scored three times on the power play against Edmonton. Coach John Tortorella likes what he's seeing from his team.
"I think the last two or three games that the effort has been there, we just found a way to score some goals tonight," Tortorella said Thursday. "Getting three on the power play really helped.
"Our forechecking was much better and we played smart through the neutral zone. We found a way to score a few goals and win a game.
Flames -- Momentum can be a cruel mistress. It's great when things are going great, but the snowball effect when a team is losing can be a season-killer. That's why the Flames are feeling so good after winning two straight on the road.
"To be able to get two of them in a row, in overtime like this, it's a great feeling," captain Jarome Iginla said. "It's good for momentum."
Who's Hot -- For the Rangers, winger Ales Kotalik broke a four-game point drought with a goal and two assists against the Oilers. Marian Gaborik has 2 goals and 1 assists in 3 games since missing two games with an undisclosed injury. For the Flames, no one has been as hot as Iginla. He has 4 points (3 goals) in his past 2 games, and 5 goals and 3 assists in his past 5 games.
Injury Report -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist missed Thursday's game with a thigh problem, but he's expected back in net against Calgary.
Stat Pack -- Iginla has 8 goals and 3 assists in his last seven games against the Rangers. Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr has 8 points in 14 games this season. He had 8 points in 75 games last season.
Puck Drop -- The Rangers would like to cap their three-game road trip with a winning record, while the Flames are hoping to return to their winning ways at home.