Vegas Golden Knights (18-14-2) at New York Rangers (14-13-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers +110 / Vegas Golden Knights -135 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 13 goals, Reilly Smith has 17 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 76 goals on 820 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 18 goals on 128 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The New York Rangers could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 14 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 17 assists and Kevin Hayes has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 68 goals on 795 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 25 goals on 248 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in their last six games.
The Golden Knights are 16-2 in their last 18 Sunday games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Rangers are 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The over is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Golden Knights last 6 overall.
The New York Rangers are a complete mess right now, while the Vegas Golden Knights are starting to snap out of their funk and are piling up the victories with an improved defense. This is a spot where Vegas should be favored, however, this is an extremely early game and even earlier for a west coast team on the east coast. The form of both clubs doesn't suggest the Rangers are going to win this game, but I like them at home with the plus money.