Knights Hope To Keep Pushing Rangers Down
The New York Rangers are trying to break out of a rut. They got a big 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night but have still lost five of seven games.
They are going to have their hands full once more as they visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday as Vegas has been one of the better teams in the league all season long.
The Golden Knights went 3-1-0 on their four-game road trip, with their latest victory snapping the Boston Bruins’ record home winning streak to open a season at 14.
Which of these two teams is the best option versus the NHL betting odds? Let’s take a closer look.
Rangers Hitting Road Again
When the Rangers visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, it will the opener of a stretch in which they play seven of their next 11 games on the road.
Road games haven’t been so much of a challenge for the Rangers, who are 7-4-1 in away games. For whatever reason, they’ve been better on the road than at home where they are 5-6-4 (or 5-10 to those who bet online).
One possible explanation for it is the play of goaltender Igor Shesterkin. At home, he’s 5-4-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. On the road, he’s 6-0-1 with a 2.43 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
Keep those splits in mind if you’re making your NHL picks here.
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Knights Stingy on Defense
Vegas is one of the better defensive teams in the NHL. The Golden Knight currently rank as the sixth-best in terms of goals allowed and both goaltenders have had great production in the crease.
Logan Thompson is 13-5-0 as the starting goaltender with a 2.55 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Adin Hill is 6-2-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Thompson has been the primary starter in the net. The Knights played an overtime game in Boston on Monday and Thompson started. There’s a chance he could get the night off.
Rangers vs Golden Knights Game Injuries
Rangers vs Golden Knights Head-to-Head
These two teams met up twice a season ago, with Vegas coming away with both wins.
Rangers vs Golden Knights Game Information
- Game: Rangers (12-10-5) vs Golden Knights (19-7-1)
- Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 10 p.m. ET
- Rangers vs Golden Knights Live Stream: NHL.TV
Rangers vs Golden Knights Betting Lines
Rangers vs Golden Knights Picks & Prediction
The Rangers could be a good value play in the sportsbook here. Both teams are actually better on the road than at home. Vegas is 12-2-1 on the road and just 7-5-0 at home.
Meanwhile, we went over Shesterkin’s splits and he’s yet to lose in regulation on the road this season (6-0-1). If the Knights opt to start Hill, the Rangers look like a solid value play.
The Vegas Golden Knights are listed at -155 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Vegas Golden Knights, you have a chance to win $65. The New York Rangers are +135, offering a chance to win $135 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Vegas Golden Knights a 60.78% chance to win, with the New York Rangers at 42.55%.