Preview: NY Rangers at Winnipeg

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Matchup Edge
NYR Edge in: WIN
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The New York Rangers will try to avert their first three-game losing streak since mid-November when they open a two-game road trip at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers were shaping up as the team to beat in the race for the Presidents' Trophy before dropping back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 27-29. New York had limited opponents to two goals or fewer in 10 straight games before coughing up 13 in the past three losses.

While the Rangers have already clinched a playoff slot, they will be facing a desperate team in Winnipeg, which is trying to hold off reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Winnipeg is coming off a 4-3 defeat to Chicago in which it surrendered two third-period goals, including the game-winner in the final minute. “We know how to handle it," goaltender Ondrej Pavelec said. "We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else feels sorry for you.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), TSN3 (Winnipeg)

ABOUT THE RANGERS (47-21-7): Henrik Lundqvist had a rocky outing in his return from a vascular injury that sidelined him since Feb. 2, allowing three first-period goals in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Boston. Coach Alain Vigneault said his team didn't provide Lundqvist with much help, but a more pressing issue is a power play that failed on all five chances in Sunday's 5-2 defeat to Washington and has converted once in 12 games. “It’s not nearly good enough without a doubt," Vigneault said "We're going to look at some tape and make the adjustments we need to make."

ABOUT THE JETS (39-25-12): Mathieu Perreault was back in the lineup Sunday after sitting out six weeks and now Winnipeg is hoping for the return of center Bryan Little, who has been sidelined for the past 11 games due to an upper-body injury. Little, who is tied for second on the team in goals and third in points despite the lengthy absence, said his availability will be determined at Tuesday's morning skate. “They’re really huge right now,” Little said of the last six games. "It’s not easy watching a team battle for a playoff life when you’re sitting in the press box."

OVERTIME

1. Lundqvist is 11-7-7 against Winnipeg following a 1-0 home shootout loss on Nov. 1

2. Jets F Drew Stafford is riding a nine-game point streak.

3. Since sweeping a four-game season series in 2011-12, the Rangers have lost four of six to Winnipeg.

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Jets 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Rangers 47-21-2-5 L2 23-10-1-4 24-11-1-1 5-3-1-0 42-18-1-5 19-6-0-1
Winnipeg 39-25-7-5 L1 21-12-3-2 18-13-4-3 3-2-2-0 36-23-5-5 14-8-2-2

Last Meeting

NY Rangers Winnipeg
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/1/14 WIN 1 NYR 0 38 25 0-5 25 38 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NYR C. Allen 0
WIN J. Albert 0
Goals Player  
NYR C. Allen 0
WIN J. Albert 0
Assists Player  
NYR C. Allen 0
WIN J. Albert 0
Saves Player  
NYR H. Lundqvist 25
WIN O. Pavelec 38
Season
Total Points Player  
NYR R. Nash 65
WIN A. Ladd 61
Goals Player  
NYR R. Nash 40
WIN B. Wheeler 25
Assists Player  
NYR D. Brassard 39
WIN A. Ladd 37
Saves Player  
NYR H. Lundqvist 1058
WIN O. Pavelec 1115

Quickchart Matchup

NY Rangers Off vs  Winnipeg Def
2.99 GF
2.58 GA
31.4 Shots
28.8 Shots
35 PP
54 PK
Winnipeg Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.74 GF
2.29 GA
29.5 Shots
29.5 Shots
47 PP
35 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -105 -115
110
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -105 -115
110
5.5
Sportsbook.ag -105 -115
110
5.5
5Dimes 100 -110
120
5.5
GTbets.eu -105 -115
115
5.5
Top Bet -105 -115
110
5.5
BetOnline.ag
102
-113
120
5.5
BetDSI -110 -110
110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -111 -121
115
5.5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -110 -110
110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 100
-110
110
5.5
Wynn Las Vegas OFF OFF OFF
Boyd Gaming OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

NY Rangers Overall Winnipeg
47-21-2-5 W/L 39-25-7-5
39-36 ATS 45-31
35-32 O/U 40-32
2.99 Goals For 2.74
2.29 Goals Agnst 2.58
NY Rangers A/H Winnipeg
24-11-1-1 W/L 21-12-3-2
26-11 ATS 21-17
16-16 O/U 20-16
3.00 Goals For 2.97
2.27 Goals Agnst 2.42
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