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New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (20-9-3) at New York Rangers (16-12-3)
Date & Time Friday December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -120 / Los Angeles Kings +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-West, MSG+
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The Los Angeles Kings visit the New York Rangers in a Friday night NHL matchup.

The Los Angeles Kings continue their east coast road swing looking to begin another hot streak. Los Angeles had won eight in a row before the good times ended in a 5-1 defeat at the New Jersey Devils where nothing went favorably. The surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.

The New Jersey offense received a pair of goals from Taylor Hall, one on the power play in the first and an unassisted tally in the second. Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also lit the lamp for the Devils while Gibbons also posted an assist to make a winner of Cory Schneider and his 16 save performance.

The New York Rangers know losing streaks have to be avoided in a competitive Metropolitan and the team needs to get back in the win column after dropping three of four. New York comes in off of a 3-2 loss at the Ottawa Senators where a 3-1 deficit just eight seconds in to the third entering period was too much to overcome.

The Rangers scoring came from Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich with Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci and Zack Smith finding the back of the net for the Senators. Henrik Lundqvist absorbed the loss for New York with 30 stops as he fell to 14-8-2. Ottawa received an assist from Bobby Ryan to complete a two point night and help Craig Anderson and his 27 saves end a five game skid.

Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 6-0 in Kings last 6 Friday games and under is 3-0-1 in Kings last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 vs. Pacific and over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 vs. Western Conference.  

There aren’t many  trends to lean on because these teams to see each other often so perhaps a small play on the over…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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