NHL Free Pick – Monday, December 2

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The New York Rangers host the Vegas Golden Knights at the Madison Square Garden in our NHL free pick for Monday. The Rangers are coming off a 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. They have been playing well and in form, having won four of their last five matches. On the other hand, the Golden Knights are on a two game winning streak and will look to grab a third win in a row tonight. Before we get into our NHL free pick for today’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NHL picks are now available for purchase. You can get today’s picks for only $5.

New York Rangers vs Vegas Golden Knights

Monday, December 2 – 19:00 EST – Madison Square Garden

The New York Rangers enter the month of December in positive form. They are currently sitting on a four game winning streak at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are also posting the 11th best home offence in the league with an average of 3.57 goals per game. However, their main concerns lie with their defensive displays. New York concedes an average of 3.14 goals at home. This ranks them in 26th place when it comes to home defence. Artemi Panarin is the main player to watch in the Rangers. He has accumulated a total of 33 points so far in 25 games (8th best in the league). New York will most likely start Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes. The goaltender is 7-5-2 this season with a goals against average of 3.15.

On the other hand, the Vegas Golden Knights have been shaky on the road lately, winning only one of their past six matches. Despite their poor form, the Golden Knights have managed to keep games relatively tight. Vegas are also having trouble scoring goals away from home. They score an average of 2.62 goals, which ranks them 20th in the league for best road offence. However, their strength lies in their defensive displays. The Golden Knights hold the 5th best defence on the road in the NHL, conceding an average of 2.77 goals per game. Max Pacioretty is enjoying his second season in Vegas. He has already accumulated 25 points, half of what he managed to do throughout the entire season last year. Malcom Subban is most likely getting the start tonight. The goaltender is 2-4-2 this season with a goals against average of 3.08.

Overall, the Rangers are in better form at the moment, however they will need to play well defensively to get the win. The Golden Knights don’t score much on the road so this should ease the task. If the Rangers could break down their opponent’s defence, they should have no trouble winning this contest. This team is on the back of four consecutive wins at home and the bookmakers are offering them at plus value. Back the Rangers to get the job done!



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