The Rangers entered the All-Star break on a dud of an offensive performance, losing as -145 favorites at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. But it was another strong performance for Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 24 of the 26 shots that he faced and allowed two or fewer goals with a .920 save percentage or better for the fourth straight time.
Lundqvist is 10-5 all-time against Columbus with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in those 15 starts.
In 25 games at home this season, the Rangers are just 14-11 per the OddsShark NHL Database. New York is the best road team in the NHL this year with a 17-7 record away from Madison Square Garden.
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The looming expansion draft and tight playoff race might try to convince you that the deadline will be a quiet affair, but don¡¯t let that lull you into a false sense of news security. Every day, there are hints that the league¡¯s trade machine is starting to churn as teams move pieces around the board to prepare for the floodgates to open.
They¡¯re not hard to miss, but with a little practice you can learn what to watch for so you¡¯re not caught off guard when your favorite team trades your favorite player.
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This is the most telling sign. Why? Because it¡¯s in the hopes that someone picks that player up and clears up cap space for them.
As Cap Friendly pointed out on Wednesday, the Kings have been at this game for awhile now. They have $6.89 million in deadline space that jumps up to to $8.48 million if Gilbert is claimed or assigned. That¡¯s a lot of wiggle room that lets GM Dean Lombardi snag one expensive player or two impactful players at a cheaper cost.