On their third of a four-leg West Coast road trip, the New York Rangers head to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Kings in this big city matchup. Both of these teams are having solid years so far, with the Rangers entering with a 9-6-4 record while the Kings enter with a 11-8-2 record.
The Rangers are 1-1 on their current road trip, and the Kings return home following their own four-game road trip. Will the Rangers enter their final game with a winning road trip record, or will the Kings give them trouble on their return home?
Rangers Hope to Get Offense Going
Despite their winning record, the New York Rangers have not been as good as they would like to be as they are currently fourth in the Metropolitan division and have been quieter on the offensive end.
So far this season, the Rangers are averaging 2.95 goals for per game which is 21st in the league. Following their 8-2 win just four games ago, the Rangers have since scored nine goals in their last four games and look to find that offensive spark again.
In the defensive end, the Rangers have the seventh best goals against average of 2.68 with the help of their Vezina winning goalie, Igor Shesterkin, who has the 8th best GAA in the NHL amongst starting goalies.
Look for leading point scorer Artemi Panarin to get involved, as he has been held without a point so far during this road trip and has not scored a goal in nine games.
Los Angeles Kings Hope To End Losing Streak
Following a rough end to their four-game road trip with back-to-back losses and losing three of four games, the Los Angeles Kings look to get back in the right direction as they play on home ice again.
This year, the Kings’ offense has had its ups and downs and currently sits 16th in scoring with an average of 3.14 goals for per game. The Kings started off their road trip with five goals in the first game but only a total of six in the remaining three games. They will need to find some consistency on offense to get going.
On their end of the ice, the Kings have struggled with the 13th worst goals against average of 3.38. Both Jonathan Quick (3.15) and Cal Peterson (3.49) have struggled this year despite finding ways to win as a team.
Keep an eye on team point leader Kevin Fiala who has been held without a point in his last three games.
New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings Betting Prediction
The battle of New York vs. Los Angeles continues with tonight’s matchup between the Rangers and the Kings. The Rangers will be playing their third of four road trip games while the Kings return home following their own four-game road trip.
The moneyline has constantly been moving for this game as the odds are set pretty close to each other for two teams pretty evenly matched.
Where this game will come down to most likely will be goaltending which leans to the Rangers with Shesterkin. With both offenses pretty evenly matched, back the team with the better goaltending in this one. Take Rangers ML (-115).