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Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers - 1/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (+112) / Vegas Golden Knights -270 / New York Rangers +210 / New York Rangers: 1.5 (-139)
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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night.

The New York Rangers will look for a road win to snap a 3-game losing skid after being shut out by the Arizona Coyotes by a final score of 5-0 in their last outing. Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 9:19 into the opening period with a pair of goals two minutes apart. The Coyotes made it 3-0 early in the 2nd and scored another pair of goals 1:26 apart to make the score 5-0, resulting in the pulling of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and that was that as none of the Rangers’ 23 shots in the losing effort found the back of the net by the final horn. Lundqvist took the loss after allowing all 5 goals on 32 shots in the losing effort to fall to 12-11-7 this season.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to keep on rolling after making it 6 wins in a row following a 3-2 win over New Jersey in their last outing. New Jersey opened up a 2-0 lead just before the midway point of the opening period but Vegas would close the door after that as Ryan Reaves cut the deficit in half by the end of the first. Brayden McNabb and Max Pacioretty scored 4:29 apart to give the Knights a 3-2 lead that Vegas would hold onto the rest of the way as none of New Jersey’s 27 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods, including 20 in the final 20 minutes. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 2-5-0 this season after stopping 36 of 38 shots faced in the winning effort.

New York is 4-12 in their last 16 games overall and 15-37 in their last 52 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.

I feel bad for a goaltender like Lundqvist, who’s one of the best in the world but just isn’t getting the support around him, and that’s why the Rangers are as bad as they have been. Now, running into a Vegas team that’s rolling right now and beating up on teams that they should beat won’t help matters. The Golden Knights have carried over their home success that carried them to the Stanley Cup finals last season, and given how poorly the Rangers have played on the road, I think Vegas has to be the play here and to negate some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Vegas on the puck line here.

Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (+112)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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