Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Rangers versus the Golden Knights? The puck drops at 10:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The Rangers are favored in this non-conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 5.5 goals.

NEW YORK RANGERS VS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Vegas Golden Knights +1.5

This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:

  • The Rangers enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Golden Knights (+1.5)

Pressure Builds for New York as Away Favorites

With a record of 28-13-2, the Rangers are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 1st place in the Metropolitan Division. On the road this season, New York has gone 13-7-2 and has dropped their last two games away from home. Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 4-6, and they have won two straight games when they have been favored. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, New York has gone 15-9 this season.

Over their last five games, the Rangers have gone 2-3, and they have gone 2-1 in their last three games. This season, New York has been favored in 35 of their 43 games, and they have gone 23-11-1 as the favorite. Overall, the Rangers have won two straight games, and they have gone 7-4 against other teams in the Metropolitan Division.

On the road this season, the Rangers have gone 12-10 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin is +.4 goals per game. They have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line in their last ten games and are 1-2 vs. the puck line in their last three road games.

So far, the Rangers have gone 13-22 vs. the puck line as the favorite. They have 16 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin when favored is +.4 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the Rangers have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line.

For the season, New York’s games have finished with an average of 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Rangers have an over/under record of 22-18-3.

Across the Rangers last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 0-3 straight-up.

On the offensive side, the Rangers are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 11th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 13th in the league. This season, the Rangers have a 20-9 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 8-3 record.

New York will be looking for a good game from Artemi Panarin who leads the team in scoring with 27 goals, ranking 4th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 33 assists so far.

Vegas defense takes on the Rangers ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vegas. They also are 13th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 28 games this season. His current record stands at 18-10, and his save percentage is 0.893%.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen at Home?

At home this season, Vegas has been dominant, going 16-5-2 and winning three of their last five games. In the Western Conference, the Golden Knights are in 5th place with a record of 25-14-5. Against other teams in the West, Vegas has gone 18-11.

Over their last ten games, the Golden Knights have struggled, going just 4-6. As the underdog this season, Vegas has gone 7-5-1.

When playing at home, the Golden Knights have gone 12-11 against the puck line this season and have an average scoring margin of +1.1 goals per game. So far, Vegas has been the underdog in 13 games and has a puck line record of 9-4 in those contests. Overall, the team’s puck line record sits at 21-23, including a mark of 4-6 in their last ten games.

Across their last ten home games, the Golden Knights have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their puck line record for the season is 12-19 when they are favored. So far, Vegas has won 15 games by multiple goals compared to 10 wins by just one goal.

For the season, Vegas’ games have finished with an average of 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Golden Knights have an over/under record of 19-25-0.

Across the Rangers last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 0-3 straight-up.

On offense, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 6th in the league. Looking at how the Golden Knights’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 10th in power play goals and 11th in shorthanded goals.

Vegas’ leading goal scorer is Jack Eichel. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 27th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 25 assists so far.

The Golden Knights defense is currently 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vegas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Logan Thompson comes into the game having made 25 starts this season. So far, his record is 14-9 and he has a save percentage of 0.825%.