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Kings vs. Rangers - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers (39-23-7) at Los Angeles Kings (42-22-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -170 / New York Rangers +153 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG, FSWHD

The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings meet late Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.

The New York Rangers look for another win after winning 13 of their last 20 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 25 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 31 assists and J.T. Miller has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 127 goals on 1,637 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 37 goals on 422 shots. Lundqvist has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.

Kings vs. Rangers - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 26 goals, Anze Kopitar has 40 assists and Jeff Carter has 195 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 119 goals on 1,504 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 26 goals on 373 shots. Quick has allowed five goals in his last three games.

The Rangers are 57-28 in their last 85 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-8 in their last 26 vs. a team with a winning record. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.

The Kings are coming off a long and physical game Wednesday against the Ducks and now have to play a hot and rested Kings team at home. When you add the fact Los Agneles has beaten New York in seven of the last nine meetings, and you have to like the home team here. 

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Los Angeles Kings -170

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