Free Game 1 Prediction: Rangers vs Penguins Odds
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(0-0-0) NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)
Date: Wednesday, April 13th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -158
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Game 1 of what should be one of the bigger letdown series starts up Wednesday night in steel town.
The Rangers were far from limping into the playoffs, but their play took a significant downturn for the second part of the season, exactly the time when the Penguins turned their year around.
This series will most likely be ‘the kid’ vs ‘the king’, with Hendrik having to hold the Fort if NY wants to make this a series.
New York Rangers
In their forever chase for Lord Stanley, the Rangers did what they do most years. They play well, they rely too heavily on their goaltending and at the trade deadline, add ‘the missing piece’ to the puzzle.
It didn’t work last year, or the year before that and I’m near 100% positive it won’t even get them out of the first round this year.
Injuries to Staal, McDonough, Zuccarello and Girardi will play heavy on a team that wasn’t very good away from Madison Square Gardens.
Ask anyone at Christmas if the Pens would make the playoffs, and most would tell you “probably not” or “bubble team”.
Instead, they put together the best record of the second half and half home ice advantage, a real key for a team that lost only a handful of games at CONSOL in 2016.
The loss of Fleury, Malkin and Maatta doesn’t make the path easy, but the team has found ways to win under MVP calibre play from Crosby and a resurgent Kessel.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0-5 in NYR last 9 games following a win.
- Over is 4-0-4 in NYR last 8 vs. Metropolitan.
- Over is 27-12-14 in NYR last 53 overall.
- PIT are 17-5 in their last 22 home games.
- PIT are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Metropolitan.
- Over is 6-2-1 in PIT last 9 overall.
- Road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
- NYR are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
Free New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
The Rangers will have a real test when they play the Pens at MSG, at CONSOL, a split would be highly unlikely and a NY Sweep would be a miracle.
The stats line tells me this should be a tight, we’ll matched series, my gut tells me the Pens Take it in 5 or 6 if Hendrik and company play to near 100%.
Are the Pens that much better? No, but for the past 3 weeks have been nearly unstoppable.
Their defence has played it right, with very little mistakes being made, while their offence has been the toast of the league averaging 4.07GPG since January in a league where the average sat at 2.85 in the same amount of time.
Their PK sits at over 84% for the season, while their PP has also been effective. Having won 9 of their last 11 at home, and 9 of their last 10, Crosby and company are the team to beat and maybe a dark horse to make it to the eastern final.
3* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
Defensive GPG, Offensive GPG, penalty killing, face off %.
The Pens lead any and all stat lines with the exception of PP where the Rangers were a bit better. NY holds a 6-4 advantage in their last 10 meetings but the Pens have taken the last 3 of those.
Expect a very good Defensive game from both sides, one that might even head to OT, but with Pittsburgh prevailing.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 3-2
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