The Rangers have been scoring in bunches and have won four of their first past five games to vault into first place in the Metropolitan Division. New York has scored exactly four goals during each victory in that stretch. Los Angeles has gone 6-3-1 over its past ten games, improving its record to 17-13-5.
Rangers at Kings Betting Analysis
On the New York side
Left wing Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with 36 points, collecting ten goals and 26 assists. New York has also gotten major contributions from center Mika Zibanejad, who has 11 points over the past ten games. The Rangers have been an excellent team away from home, compiling a 13-6-2 record away from home.
New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin has a 15-4-2 record this season. Shesterkin is tied for first in the league with a .936 save percentage. He ranks fourth in the league with a 2.09 goals against average. Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with 12 power play goals.
The Rangers are excellent on special teams. New York kills 84.3 percent of power plays, which is the fourth-best percentage in the league. The Rangers also convert 24.5 percent of its power play opportunities, which is the eight-best mark in the league.
On the Los Angeles side
The Kings are one of the most disciplined teams in the league. Los Angeles averages 7.6 penalty minutes per game, which is the fewest in the league. Playing solid defense has helped the Kings play a strong game in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick ranks 10th in the league with a .921 save percentage and has recorded two shutouts this season.
Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar leads the team in points with 29. The Kings have two players who have double digits in goals. Right winger Adrian Kempe leads the team with 15 goals, while fellow right winger Alex Iafallo has pocketed ten goals.
The Kings rank fifth in the league in generating shots on goal, putting 35.9 pucks on net per game. Los Angeles, however, struggles to score on the power play, ranking 25th with a 15.06 percentage.
Rangers at Kings Prediction
Top sportsbooks have the Kings as a -109 favorite on the moneyline, including the overtime and shootout, while the Rangers are -107. The over/under is set at 5.5. Los Angeles is 22-13 against the puck line this season, while the total has gone under in 22 of the Kings’ 34 games this season. The Rangers are 19-17 against the puck line this season, while the total has gone under in 22 of their 34 games.
New York is in the third of a four-game West Coast swing. The Rangers have been playing good hockey but will need to find a way to break through against a structured Los Angeles attack. The Kings will pick up a solid win on the road and slow down a hot Rangers squad.