New York Rangers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Prediction 12/8/19

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Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, and the New York Rangers will face off against Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 8, and fans at home can view the game live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

New York Rangers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

The Golden Knights (-220) are the favorite over the Rangers (+180) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-105 over, -115 under).

Losing 9.7 units for moneyline gamblers, Vegas is 15-16 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (43-39). Through 31 regular season matches, 15 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while another 15 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 7-8 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on 22.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all penalties.

Sporting a .919 save percentage and 27.8 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (11-9-2) has been the top goalkeeper for Vegas this season. If the Knights, however, decide to give him the evening off, head coach Gerard Gallant could turn to Malcolm Subban (4-7-7 record, .909 save percentage, 2.86 goals against average).

On the other bench, New York is 14-14 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 28 regular season outings, 18 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. The Rangers are 6-6 SU as the road team this season.

The Rangers have converted on 19.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Henrik Lundqvist (31.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for New York. Lundqvist has seven wins, 10 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .910 save percentage and 3.21 goals against average this year.

New York Rangers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in each of New York’s last five games.
  • New York has managed 27.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas is averaging 35.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • The Knights this season have dished out the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.6), but the team’s averaged 39.6 over their past five home games.