Golden Knights vs Rangers Prediction NHL Picks 1/26/24

New York Rangers (29-15-3) vs Vegas Golden Knights (28-14-6)

Game Info: Friday, January 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -160 / Vegas Golden Knights +132 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vegas Golden Knights will play the New York Rangers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Vegas has won four of their last five games, while New York has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Golden Knights vs Rangers prediction.

Golden Knights Preview

The Vegas Golden Knights are 28-14-6 this year after they defeated the Islanders by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Vegas led 3-1 heading into the third period and they were able to hang on for the win in the third. The Golden Knights were out shot by a total of 42-27 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Vegas lost to New Jersey by a score of 6-5 in the game prior to New York, but did beat the Penguins, Rangers, and Predators before that. The Golden Knights are scoring 3.17 goals per game and they are allowing 2.71 goals against per game, while going 20.6% on the power play and 80.7% on the penalty kill. Mark Stone has led Vegas with 15 goals, 34 assists, and 101 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Vegas is Logan Thompson, who is 16-9-4 this year with a 2.73 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 

Vegas Golden Knights Player Prop Facts

  • William Karlsson has recorded at least one point in each of his last five appearances with his team as an underdog against the Rangers.
  • William Karlsson has recorded an assist in each of his last five appearances with his team as an underdog against the Rangers.
  • Jonathan Marchessault has scored at least one goal in four of the Golden Knights' last five games.
  • Ivan Barbashev has scored two goals against the Rangers this season - most against any opponent.

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 29-15-3 this season after they lost to San Jose in overtime by a score of 3-2 in their last game. New York led 2-0 in the third period, but allowed the Sharks to tie the game and win in overtime. The Rangers out shot San Jose by a total of 31-22 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. New York defeated the Ducks by a score of 5-2 in the game prior to San Jose, but lost to LA and Vegas before that. The Rangers are scoring 3.21 goals per game and they are allowing 2.83 goals against per game, while going 28.1% on the power play and 83.1% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led New York with 29 goals, 34 assists, and 188 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Igor Shesterkin, who is 19-11-1 this year with a 2.82 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Mika Zibanejad has scored at least one goal in eight of the Rangers' last 10 home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers' last 10 home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Artemi Panarin has recorded at least one assist in nine of the Rangers' last 10 home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Chris Kreider has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Rangers this season (2).

Golden Knights vs Rangers Betting Prediction

New York comes into this game with the home ice advantage, but they have really struggled recently. The Rangers have lost seven of their last ten games and they lost to Vegas by a score of 5-1 on January 18th. Vegas has won four of their last five games and they have allowed two goals or fewer in those four wins. New York is 15-6-0 at home this season and even though they have not played well recently, I am still going to take them here. The Rangers are still very talented and Vegas is very average on the road. Take New York here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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