New York Rangers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Preview (12/08/2019)

The New York Rangers will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Rangers will be looking for their second win in three games following a 1-2 loss at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. The Golden Knights will also be looking to avoid back-to-back losses after losing 3-2 in overtime against the Islanders in New York their last time on the ice.

 

The New York Rangers are now 14-11-3 on the season following a 1-2 loss at home against the Canadiens. The Rangers were outshot 30-33 in the game while winning just 17 of 43 faceoffs. New York was unable to score on either of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net the only time they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 11 blocked shots and four takeaways in the game.

 

The Rangers have been good for an average of 3.14 goals per game this season while giving up 3.21 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 28.9 shots per game while allowing 35.9 on the defensive end of the ice. New York has scored 19 power-play goals for a 19.0 conversion rate to go with a 76.6 penalty kill percentage.

 

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are now 15-11-5 on the season following a 3-2 loss against the Islanders in New York. Las Vegas was able to outshoot the Islanders 33-31 in the game while winning just 23 of 54 faceoffs. The Golden Knights were unable to score a goal on their only power-play opportunity while defending the net one of the two times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 14 blocked shots and six takeaways in the game.

 

Las Vegas has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.90 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.84 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 33.5 shots per game while allowing 31.8 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 22 power-play goals this season for a 22.9 conversion rate to go with an 85.1 penalty kill percentage.

 

The Golden Knights will take the ice as -220 favorites with the Rangers skating in as 184 underdogs. The total is sitting at six and a half on the game. These two teams last faced off against each other on December 2nd with the Knights winning 1-4 in New York. I’m looking for a similar result on Sunday. Las Vegas might not score as much this go around, but they are very strong on the defensive end of the ice. I’m liking the Golden Knights to win at home.

 NHL Stats and Trends

  • New York is 1-12 in their previous 13 games vs. the Pacific division.
  • Las Vegas is 5-2 in their previous seven games as a favorite.
  • Las Vegas is 4-1 in their previous five games over all.

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