The New York Rangers (28-14-2) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (21-13-8) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN+. Both the Rangers and Kings will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 ET.
Rangers vs Kings
The New York Rangers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 44 games, the Rangers are 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 28-14-2. On the road, New York is 13-8-2 this season and has lost three straight games away from home. In games against other Eastern Conference opponents, the Rangers have gone 15-9 this season.
Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone just 4-6, and they have lost three of their last five games overall. As the underdog, New York has gone 5-2-1 this season, and they have been the underdog in just eight of their 44 games.
On the road this season, the Rangers have a puck line record of 12-11, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.2 goals per game. So far this year, New York has been the underdog in seven games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 7-1.
Overall, the Rangers have gone 20-24 against the puck line, and their puck line record over their last ten games is 3-7. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6.
Following a 5-1 loss on the road to the Golden Knights, the Rangers are eager to bounce back. In the first and second periods, the Rangers didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with one goal in the third period. The team’s one goal came when they were in power play. Overall, they took 30 shots on goal and had 3 giveaways.
New York took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The combined total of 6 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals for the game.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Kings have gone just 7-8-5 and are currently on a two-game losing streak. In their last ten games, Los Angeles has gone just 1-9 and are currently in 8th place in the Western Conference. For the year, the Kings have gone 21-13-8.
Against other Western Conference teams, Los Angeles has gone 13-8 this season and are 4th in the Pacific Division. When favored, the Kings have gone 15-10-5 this year and have been favored in 30 of their 42 games.
Los Angeles comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-22 on the year and 16 wins by multiple goals. The Kings have gone 2-8 against the puck line in their last ten games and have dropped their last two games vs. the puck line.
This season, the Kings have gone 11-19 against the puck line when favored and have a puck line mark of 8-12 at home. In their last ten games at home, the Kings are just 3-7 vs. the puck line and have gone 1-4 against the puck line in their last five.
Following a 2-1 loss at home to the Predators, the Kings are eager to bounce back. On the offensive front, the Kings failed to score in the first or third periods against the Predators, but they found the net one time in the second period. The team’s one goal were the result of a power play. Throughout the game, they managed to register 34 shots on goal and committed 6 giveaways.
Los Angeles took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
New York Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 13th in the league. The Rangers went 20-10 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-3.
The Rangers’ over/under record this season is 23-18-3. For the season, they have had 27 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 5.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.2 goals per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Kings have an average of 3.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 7th in the league. So far this year, the Kings are 14-11 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Kings have posted an over/under record of 16-25-1 so far this season. During last season, they participated in 29 games that did not exceed the over/under line set at 5.5. On average, their games had 6.5 goals per game.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 26th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.7 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Los Angeles defense takes on the Rangers ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.6 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 9th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Rangers vs Kings Trends
- Through their last ten road games, New York has an puck line record of just 4-6. However, their overall record was 3-7 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Across the Kings last three home games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Los Angeles has an puck line mark of 3-2 while going 2-3 straight up.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Rangers have an overall record of 2-1 while going 1-2 against the spread.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Rangers to come out with a win against the Kings while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at -101, I’m placing my bet on the Rangers to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Rangers winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Rangers straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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