CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers are trending in opposite directions.
The Rangers have dropped three of their last four games and are 3-6-1 in their last ten. The Flames meanwhile, have been streaking, winning their last four games. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten.
The Rangers still sit fourth in the NHL and second in the Metropolitan division. Their 39 points places them 13 points ahead of the Flames.
One strength for the Rangers this season has been their goaltending and defence. Henrik Lundqvist has been outstanding and with the help of the defence, they have managed to allow only 58 goals on the year. That is the second lowest mark in the NHL.
Special team’s could play a factor in the contest as the Rangers possess top 10 units for both power play and penalty kill.
The Rangers will come into the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night after losing a barnburner to the Edmonton Oilers 7-5 on Friday night.
2015-16 vs. the Flames: 1-0-0
All-Time vs. the Flames: 43-54-0
Vs. the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome: 14-30-0
Notable Injuries: F Derek Stepan, D Kevin Klein
Who’s HOT: Henrik Lundqvist
King Henrik has been a stalwart in the Rangers net over the past 11 years. 2015-16 is no different. In 23 starts, Lundqvist has recorded 14 wins (third in the NHL), a .933 save percentage (4th in the NHL), and a 2.14 GAA (8th in the NHL). In his last four starts, the Swede has made 110 saves on 119 shots, yet has only a 1-1-1 record to his credit. He will be a major factor for the Rangers on Saturday.
Honourable Mention: Mats Zuccarello
The diminutive forward has been a star offensively for the Rangers. In 29 games, the 28-year old has tallied 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points to lead the Blueshirts. At his current rate, he should surpass his career high in points with 65.
Who’s NOT: Chris Kreider
In 2014-15, Kreider netted 46 points (21g, 25a). In 2015-16, the 6-foot-3 forward has only managed 14 points (5g, 9a) and is on pace for 38 points. The 24-year old winger has found his name on the scoresheet only four times in his past 12 games. He has still managed a plus-5 rating on the season.