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Road Warrior Rangers Open as Underdogs Against Clambering Kings

Saturday’s late show will feature a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup final when the Rangers face off against the Kings in Los Angeles. This road game will be a sight for sore eyes for the Blueshirts as they’ve lost seven straight games on their home ice at Madison Square Garden and with a 26-10 straight-up record away from New York this season, the Rangers are an interesting bet as a slight moneyline underdog.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 10-1 SU and 11-0 on the puckline in road games against teams in the West this season.
  • The Kings are 15-17 SU against teams from the East this season with a 6-9 puckline record at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rangers' last 5 games against the Kings.

LA’s chances of making the playoffs are approaching zero and a loss on their home ice tonight would be absolutely detrimental to their postseason bid. Don’t expect the Kings to give up the throne laying down tonight but considering they’ve given up an average of 34.8 shots per game in the month of March, the 2014 Stanley Cup champs could be in trouble against the best road team in the NHL that averages more goals away from home than any other club.

New York is a good bet tonight with Antti Raanta in the starting crease. The Finn has been excellent since taking over the Rangers’ starting gig in Henrik Lundqvist’s stead and has earned an 11-2-1 record with a .931 save percentage in his 15 away starts this season.

The Rangers are still chasing one of the three divisional playoff spots in the Metropolitan so expect them to come out of the gates firing. If the Kings’ goalies aren’t sharp tonight, this game could be over by the time the horn sounds to signal the end of the first.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Kings were listed earlier today as -125 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.6 win for the Rangers on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 45-25-4 this season, while the Kings are 35-31-7. New York is 36-32-6 on the totals; Los Angeles is 22-33-18. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs New York injuries news.

This game puts the Los Angeles Kings, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the New York Rangers, who rate a No. 23 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 26-ranked offense (2.47 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 19.81% rate while the Rangers have a 79.31% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Islanders. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Jets on March 23. Bettors who backed the Kings at -178 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 7-18 ATS in its last 25 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Anaheim, Sunday, March 26th
Los Angeles at Edmonton, Tuesday, March 28th

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