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Preview
Calgary at NY Rangers
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Rangers have been a longtime nemesis for Calgary, sweeping the two-game series in each of the past two seasons and owning an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) against the Flames. Calgary will attempt to halt a losing streak of nearly 10 years at New York's Madison Square Garden when it visits the Rangers on Sunday night.

New York is in the midst of a major rebuilding after trading away a number of its top players, but is 2-1-1 during a run of four straight one-goal decisions. "I liked our reaction to our loss the other night, the overtime loss - guys weren't happy," Quinn told reporters after Wednesday's 4-3 defeat at defending Stanley Cup champion Washington. "It wasn't like we were high-fiving each other because we got three out of four points. ... You can definitely feel the confidence level starting to rise a little bit." Calgary, which last won in New York on Dec. 7, 2008, handed Nashville its only loss of the season earlier this month but lost a rematch to the visiting Predators 5-3 on Friday night. Elias Lindholm scored his team-high fifth goal in the defeat, but he was held off the scoresheet in four meetings with the Rangers last season as a member of Carolina.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet One (Calgary), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE FLAMES (4-3-0): Veteran forward James Neal has yet to get untracked offensively in his first season with Calgary but had one of his better games Friday on a line with Sam Bennett and Derek Ryan, registering four shots on goal. Bennett scored for the second time in three games and missed a tying attempt in the third that he said will give him nightmares. "Sam's game has been good," said Neal, who has one goal and one assist. "He continues to get better every night. He's on pucks, making good plays."

ABOUT THE RANGERS (2-4-1): Rookie defenseman Neal Pionk acknowledged he had to play better after he was a healthy scratch for back-to-back games and he did just that by collecting three assists against the Capitals for his first points of the season. "Neal played outstanding. He probably was our best player," Quinn told reporters. "He did a great job on the power play, does a great job on the first goal. He's a big piece of what we've got moving forward." Jimmy Vesey has notched three goals in the last five games.

OVERTIME

1. Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is 8-3-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average versus the Flames in his career.

2. Flames co-leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau needs two points to reach 300 and two assists to hit 200.

3. The Rangers were 12-4-0 against Pacific Division foes last season.

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Flames 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Calgary 4-3-0-0 L1 2-1-0-0 2-2-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-3-0-0 1-1-0-0
NY Rangers 2-4-1-0 L1 2-2-0-0 0-2-1-0 0-2-0-0 2-2-1-0 0-1-1-0
Last Meeting
Calgary NY Rangers
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/2/18 NYR 3 CAL 1 51 24 0-3 27 50 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Calgary M. Frolik 1
NY Rangers R. Spooner 2
Goals Player  
Calgary B. Kulak 1
NY Rangers P. Buchnevich 1
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Frolik 1
NY Rangers T. DeAngelo 1
Saves Player  
Calgary J. Gillies 24
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 50
Season
Total Points Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 16
NY Rangers P. Buchnevich 10
Goals Player  
Calgary E. Lindholm 7
NY Rangers P. Buchnevich 5
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Tkachuk 12
NY Rangers K. Shattenkirk 7
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 207
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 250
Quickchart Matchup
Calgary Off vs  NY Rangers Def
3.71 GF
3.43 GA
32.9 Shots
34.7 Shots
6 PP
7 PK
NY Rangers Off vs  Calgary Def
2.43 GF
3.29 GA
32.9 Shots
28.7 Shots
4 PP
5 PK