Golden Knights vs. Rangers NHL Pick – December 16th





<p>For the second time in two games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers blew a 3-goal lead to lose by 1. The first was bad enough against the Winnipeg Jets, and then they went and blew a 3-0 lead to the Arizona Coyotes. The Jets are a good team, in fact they’re at the top of the Western Conference. The Coyotes on the other hand are not a good team. They seem to be heading in the right direction, but nobody should be blowing a 3-goal lead to the Coyotes. </p>
<p>The Rangers stopped playing in the 3rd period, again, and Henrik Lundqvist did not play his best in net. He plays like he knows how to play and the Rangers win that game. Wins and losses don’t mean all that much to the Rangers this season. After all, they’re in rebuilding mode and going to blow it up some more at the trade deadline. </p>
<p>Henrik didn’t play his best game against the Coyotes, but he certainly deserves better than this team. Despite his willingness to stay on this team and not waive his no-trade clause, presumably because he likes it in NYC, the only team he has known in his career. If he wants to go win a Stanley Cup before retiring, it’s not going to happen here, though. By the time the Rangers have rebuilt their roster, he’s going to be on the way out. </p>
<p>The Vegas Golden Knights didn’t need any time to build their roster into a contender. They went from 0 to the Stanley Cup Final in a year. Vegas provides hope to Seattle that they can be a contender right out of the gate as well. It’s highly unlikely we see a repeat of what happened with the Golden Knights, though. Vegas are coming off a tough 5-4 loss to the Devils. Just like the Rangers, they blew a 3-goal lead and had to accept a frustrating loss. Marc-Andre Fleury was more frustrated than anyone, who allowed 4 goals in regulation, but his team didn’t help out. Get our free Golden Knights vs. Rangers pick below.  </p>
<h2 class=Vegas Golden Knights vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick

The Golden Knights earned a point on Friday, so they got that at least. They had previously won nine of eleven games. In other words, the Knights have notched a point in ten of their last twelve games. Not bad for a team who looked like they were still thinking about last season for the first month. Vegas quickly found out that this season isn’t going to be as easy as that special run in their first year.

The most glaring change from the beginning of the season to now has been their offence. Notably, William Karlsson has broken out of his early season shell. Karlsson has recorded 4 goals in 3 games and 8 in the last 10. Don’t expect him to match his totals from last season, but he appears to be back on track.

And with that, the Knights have been scoring easily. They have scored 4 goals per game in their last ten games. Meanwhile, the Rangers have been getting gashed defensively. Lundqvist was playing well, but depending on him to carry the load is getting difficult.

The Rangers have allowed at least 4 goals in five straight games. In their last ten games, they’ve given up 3.6 goals per game, so what was a positive for them earlier in the season is turning into a liability. If the Knights overwork Fleury, they’re going to start to be in the same territory as well.

Fleury has started the last twelve games. Malcolm Subban has gotten the start in only four games this season. Subban has a 4.03 GAA and 0.859 save percentage, so it’s understandable why they are shy about going to him. The Knights have given up 3.5 goals per game on the road this season. They’re on a back-to-back Monday with the Blue Jackets tomorrow. Subban is going to start Sunday or Monday, and if it’s tonight, I like the OVER even more.

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