NHL Picks Of Day: Do Calgary and Colorado Close the Gap on Those Above?

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Calgary is trying to catch San Jose in the Pacific, while Colorado really has to pick up the pace to reach the playoffs but face a very beatable team.

Calgary Heats Up the Rangers at Home

N.Y. Rangers (28-29-13, 28-42 SU) at Calgary (43-20-7, 43-27 SU)

Calgary has won its last two contests, yet, is 6-4 in the last 10 tries, which is not good enough when looking at San Jose. The Sharks have won eight of 10 and six straight to take over the lead in the Pacific Division and claim the best record in the Western Conference.

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The Flames will look to close their narrow lead and have an opponent the NHL odds say they should win with ease. Depending on the sportsbook or bookie of choice, Calgary is a chalk-laden -290 to -300 money line favorite against the New York Rangers.

The Blueshirts were expected to have a tough season and delivered in spades, at 14-games below .500 when looking at true wins and losses. The Rangers are not a threat to finish last in the Metropolitan, as New Jersey has a strong grasp on that placement, but at -32 in goal differential, this is not close to a good club.

Unless you are feeling especially reckless or downed multiple 5-hour energy bottles, taking the Rangers on the money line is at best risky. Instead, we look into the puck line, with New York at either +1.5 (-110) or Calgary at -1.5 (-110).

The Rangers have only beaten the Devils in their last nine games. Yet, in their eight losses, six were by a single goal, which gives credence for taking them for NHL picks. Nevertheless, after scoring 14 goals over an eight-game stretch, the Flames offense has torched opposing goalies for 15 goals in their last two contests.

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