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Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers scores his hat trick goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 02, 2022 in New York City.
Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers scores his hat trick goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 02, 2022 in New York City. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AFP.

A pair of playoff teams from opposite sides of the country face off when the Las Vegas Golden Knights visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Read on for our best Golden Knights vs. Rangers pick based on top odds.

The Golden Knights have one win in their past six games and lost their lead in the Pacific Division. They're tied with the Kraken Seattle, as both teams have 61 points, but Vegas played two more games than Seattle.

With a 7-2-2 record in 2023, the Rangers have 60 points in 48 games and are settling into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Here is our best Golden Knights vs. Rangers NHL pick (odds via BetMGM; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Golden Knights vs. Rangers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Golden Knights vs. Rangers Odds

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Golden Knights vs. Rangers Odds Analysis

FanDuel's moneyline opened with the Rangers favored at -160, compared to the Golden Knights at +132. With 61% of the consensus moneyline wagers on the Rangers, the line moved, with the Rangers to -146, but now the Rangers are -162 with the Knights at +134.

The total remained steady at 6, with little odds movement. The opening price was -112 for the Over and -108 for the Under. With 61% of the consensus action on the Under, the price for the total to go Under 6 is now -118, while the Over is -104 at FD.

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Golden Knights vs. Rangers pick

Rangers ML (-154)

The Rangers’ season started to turn in early December. They are 15-4-3 in their past 22 games and goaltender Igor Shesterkin is showing more of his Vezina Trophy form, with a .922 SV% in 18 starts during that stretch.

Even as the Rangers mix and match lines, trying to find the right linemates for star winger Artemi Panarin, the Blueshirts continue to get results.

Depth has been crucial for the Rangers. Naturally, Panarin, fellow forward Mika Zibanejad, and defenseman Adam Fox scored during the Rangers’ resurgence, but center Filip Chytil leads the team with 11 goals in the past 22 games.

D-man K’Andre Miller has 17 points, and right winger Kaapo Kakko enjoys 15 points in that span, too, so the supporting cast is making a difference.

That poses a problem for a Vegas team that's suddenly struggling at the top end of the lineup. Hockey isn't typically a sport where one player makes or breaks a roster, but it sure looks like captain Mark Stone’s absence has been too much for the Knights to handle.

Vegas has several regulars injured but in six games without Stone, the Golden Knights have a 1-4-1 record, and they're getting just 44.6% of five-on-five score-and-venue-adjusted expected goals. They're a Top 10 team in that metric over the full season but rank 28th since their captain was injured.

Stone’s loss also sabotaged the production of first-line center Jack Eichel, as he has just one assist and 11 shots on goal in the past six games.

While the Knights try to figure out how to deal with their injuries, they're not ready to handle a Rangers team that's on the way up.

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Golden Knights vs. Rangers Best Odds

BetMGM (-154)

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There's enough pricing variance at the top-rated sportsbooks to make it worth your while to shop for the best price.

Catching the Rangers moneyline at BetMGM gives you an 11% edge compared to Caesars, a significant factor when deciding where to place this bet.

Golden Knights-Rangers pick made 1/27/2023 at 2 p.m. ET.

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