Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -110 / Dallas Stars +100 — Over/Under: 5.5
Tuesday night will be an active night in the NHL this week. In one interesting game, the Dallas Stars will be in New York to take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The game will be played following a precedent-setting occurrence in the Dallas Stars’ season – they recently lost back-to-backs for the first time all year.
The Dallas Stars suffered a rare loss against the New York Islanders in their last outing and will look to salvage a split against the Rangers on Tuesday and put up their league leading 29th victory of the season. Dallas is known for their offensive prowess but they were dealt a taste of their own medicine on Sunday as the Isles put up six goals on them as they fell by a 6-5 final in what was their ninth regulation loss of the year. The Stars will look to get back on track here though and improve their road record to 13-5-4 but will be up against Henrik Lundqvist who needs to snap the Blue Shirts out of their funk that currently has them on a 3-6-1 stretch and sitting in a very congested Metro division.
The Rangers meanwhile have been up and down this season and much of their success has come at home while they have looked pedestrian most of the year on the road with a 7-9-3 mark outside of MSG. The Rangers remain a serious threat in the East but until they get some of their big dogs back in action they will be hard pressed to keep up offensively with the likes of Washington and Dallas and that is exactly the scenario they find themselves in here.