Not sure how anything in the cement jungle is low key, but somehow the New York Rangers six-game winning streak has been relatively quiet. Look for that to change and Blueshirts to be aggressive.
The Rangers had everyone’s attention early, with 13-4 start to the season and money was being made by those following them making NHL picks. The New York developed defensive issues both in goal and in their own defensive end and from Dec. 20th until the end of January they were a pedestrian 8-8 SU.
After losing the games right before and after the All-Star break, the Blueshirts tightened up the defense and kept scoring at usual rate which has them at third in the league.
New York is currently tied for second place (as of 2/14/17) with Columbus and Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division and if they want to stay in that position, they will have to keep winning as both teams have played a game or two less.
In thinking about the NHL odds both now and at futures odds for the Rangers, virtually all their scoring comes from centers and wingers. They have only tallied 23 goals from defensemen and at least this season, none has been a factor in the power play. If they can find a defenseman that can score and improve run of the mill power play by March 1 trade line, this becomes a far more formidable team, especially given Washington playoff history.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com