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New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (22-20-4) at New York Rangers (30-16-1)
Date & Time Monday January 23, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -126 / Los Angeles Kings +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings look to snap out of their road losing ways as they head into Madison Square Garden to face off with the New York Rangers.

The Kings look to pull off the upset as they skate into MSG on Monday night looking to take down the New York Rangers but they will have their work cut out for them against a group who scored a big 1-0 road win against the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. The Kings have had a disappointing season by their standards and they need to right the ship in a hurry as they are falling out of the race in the Pacific division, and while they are getting a sensational season statistically from Jeff Carter it’ll take a lot more than one player’s goal scoring to send his team to the playoffs. Los Angeles is likely to send Petr Budaj to the crease as they have done for most of the season thanks to an injury to Jonathan Quick as he will face off against Antii Raanta who is slated to start after Henrik Lundqvist got the call last night.

The Rangers are coming off a big win against the Wings yesterday as they scored an overtime goal to edge out a 1-0 win and now they return home looking to shake off their disappointing effort of late at MSG. New York has cooled off considerably since their red hot start and now they are fighting tooth and nail with the Blue Jackets, Capitals, and Penguins for bragging rights in the Metro division and that is one that will certainly be exciting to watch down the stretch. New York has had their way against the Pacific division though as they are 25-9 in their last 34 against that group of teams that includes the Kings and they are slight favourites at home here against them.

The Kings are 1-4 in their last five on the road and 0-5 in their last five against the Eastern Conference while the Rangers are 50-22 in their last 72 home games but just 1-4 in their last five at MSG. The Kings are in need of a big win but the Rangers are in a better position here returning home and I like them at this price.

New York Rangers -126
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