New York Rangers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Preview

Two teams that have put themselves squarely in the playoff picture, the New York Rangers and the first-year franchise Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West showdown. This one gets underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 7 and it will be showcased live on Sportsnet 360.

New York Rangers at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas is 28-12 straight up (SU) and has netted 20.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 40 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 17-3 SU at home this year.

The Golden Knights have converted on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Golden Knights have been whistled for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their past five outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 5.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

With a .918 save percentage and 25.6 saves per game, Malcolm Subban (12 wins, two losses) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas this year. If head coach Gerard Gallant chooses to rest him, however, the team may go with Marc-Andre Fleury (8-3-3 record, .944 save percentage, 1.80 goals against average).

The Knights will continue to look for offensive production out of Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault (39 points) has tallied 16 goals and 23 assists and has recorded multiple points 11 times this year. Karlsson has 21 goals and 14 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 22 games.

New York is 22-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 21 of its contests have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the away team, the Rangers are 7-9 SU so far.

The Rangers have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully defended 83.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

New York’s players have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Henrik Lundqvist (29.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for New York. Lundqvist owns a 19-16-4 record, while registering a .924 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average this year.

Mats Zuccarello (eight goals, 23 assists) has been one of the most vital offensive playmakers for the visiting Rangers.

New York Rangers at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Four of New York’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-2 in those games and 3-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The under has hit in three of Vegas last five games.
  • Over Vegas last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-0 in those games).