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#9 Vegas Golden Knights -135 vs.
#10 N.Y. Rangers 6
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Philly Flash



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Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers

Where: Madison Square Garden

When: Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:000 pm ET

We have non-conference National Hockey League action to consider when the Vegas Golden Knights meet the New York Rangers for game one of their two-game season series. Vegas is 13-11-4 this season and enters this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. New York is 13-9-3 on the season and looks to continue a one-game winning streak.

Vegas Two Game Winning Streak

Vegas is riding two-game winning streak compliments of victories over the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes. Those consecutive wins broke a three-game losing streak, leaving Vegas fifth in the Pacific Division with 30 points. The Golden Knights are five points away from Edmonton, and they can make some headway on this three-game road trip beginning Monday with the Rangers, followed by contests with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. The Rangers are up first, and this would be a massive win for Vegas.

The Golden Knights power-play unit is ninth in the NHL with a 21.8 percent success rate while the penalty kills unit is sixth in the National Hockey League with an 84.6 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Marc-Anthony Fleury is likely tending to the twin on Monday night. The veteran netminder is 11-6-2 this season with a 2.54 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Fleury stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on November 23 and hasn’t played since with an undisclosed injury. Fleury is listed as day-to-day for Monday night.

Rangers Shut Out Devils

The Rangers are playing good hockey and have won four of their past five games. Solid victories over Montreal, Minnesota, Carolina and New Jersey alongside a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins leave New York in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division and 14 points behind division leader Washington. New York has Vegas at home, Columbus on the road and Montreal at home before heading out for a four-game West Coast road trip and these next three games are important if the Rangers want to move up in the Metropolitan standings.

New York has a 20.8 percent power-play success rate that ranks eleventh in the NHL and a 76.8 percent penalty kill rate that ranks twenty-third in the NHL this season.

Alexandar Georgiev is scheduled to guard the cage against Vegas and he’s 6-4-1 this season with a 3.07 GAA along with a 91 percent save percentage. Georgiev stopped all 33 shots he faced in his last start against New Jersey for his first shutout of the season.

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I like the Rangers in this one. They are playing great hockey and are 8-4-2 at Madison Square Garden this season. Plus, they have a hot goaltender who's coming off a shutout win on Saturday night. Vegas is 6-6-1 this season away from T-Mobile Arena, and I'm not a huge fan of the Golden Knights on the road. Vegas does have the superior special teams, but all signs point to a Rangers win on Monday night. I will side with New York in this one.

Prediction: Rangers

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I don't see many goals scored in this matchup. Georgiev has been solid and Fleury is one of the best in the business. He's hasn't played in a week or more but he's still one of the best. I think the Vegas special teams are better but the Rangers special teams have been decent recently and I don't expect to see more than one power-play goal in this matchup. I see a 3-2 game and I will be playing the UNDER in this contest.

Prediction: Under

Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.