How to Bet on NY Rangers vs LA Kings

Written by on February 11, 2016

The Los Angeles Kings take the ice in Madison Square Garden this Friday night when they face the New York Rangers. The Kings (32-17-3) will be finishing a back-to-back in the Big Apple, as they face the Islanders on Thursday night. The Rangers (31-18-5) are coming off a convincing 3-0 win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. This game features the first place team in the Pacific Division and the second place team in the Metropolitan Division. Remember to check more NHL odds by clicking here.

LA Kings @ NY Rangers Game and TV Info

When: Friday, February 12, 7 PM ESTWhere: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New YorkTV: Fox Sports WestRadio: 98.7 FM ESPN New YorkStream Option: MSG NetworksOpening NHL Odds: TBA

Why Should You Bet on the Rangers?

The schedule is certainly on the Blueshirts’ side in this one, as the Kings will have played a scrappy Islanders team the night before. Also, the Rangers have augmented an offense that is already strong (#5, 2.9 goals per game) with an increasingly stingy defense, which has moved up to #12 in the league, permitting only 2.5 goals per contest. When you think about the Rangers, you think about Henrik Lundqvist, and the steely netminder has been playing out of his mind lately, icing the Devils in a 2-1 defensive battle and then blanking the Penguins with 34 saves, shutting down a seven-game goal-scoring streak for Sidney Crosby. If you combine a weary-legged Kings squad with a tough Rangers team, the table is set for a big win for New York.

Why Should You Wager on the Kings?

The Kings just dropped nine goals on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, and while they are still #10 in the NHL with 2.8 goals per game, if their offense can keep producing, they will climb that ranking. They definitely have a huge advantage over New York in special teams, as the Rangers are near the bottom of the NHL in both power play percentage and the penalty kill, while the Kings are #3 (23.4%) and #9 (82.4%) respectively. Milan Lucic just came to the Kings in a trade from Boston, and he lit the lamp once and assisted on another goal in the rout. Lucic’s addition gives the Kings yet another scoring threat to put goals in on Lundqvist.

Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Kings are having a fantastic season, but I don’t see them coming out of Madison Square Garden with a win. I’m picking the Rangers to win this, 4-2.