Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Rangers Odds
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(35-24-8) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers (39-22-6)
Date: Sunday, March 13th
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
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Two Metropolitan rivals square off in the Big Apple as the New York Rangers look to continue their home dominance against the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Friday night, but it came at a steep price after Evgeni Malkin left with a wrist injury in the 2nd period.
The extent of Malkin’s injury is still unknown, but the Penguins can’t afford to be without him for very long. Pittsburgh is a much better team with Malkin and Sidney Crosby on the attack.
Malkin is second on the team with 58 points and has 7 points over his last 5 games.
The Pens haven’t played great hockey over the last month. In fact, they’ve alternated wins and losses over their last seven games, and only once in the last month have they been able to win back-to-back games.
Playing in Madison Square Garden is no easy task, so the Pens will need all of the offense they can muster, especially if Malkin isn’t able to go.
New York Rangers
The Rangers remain a Stanley Cup-contending team in the Eastern Conference, especially with the way they play at home. New York boasts one of the NHL’s best home records with a 23-7-3 mark inside Madison Square Garden.
Despite the reliable Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, it’s been the Rangers’ offense that has led the team this year. New York’s 2.82 goals per game are 6th-best in the NHL, and the Rangers are also 3rd in shooting percentage.
Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard are the only two Rangers with 50 points, and both have made their presence known as of late. Brassard has logged 4 points in his last 3 games, and Zuccarello has 5 points in his last 5 games, including his 3-point night against Buffalo on Tuesday.
New York also has a favorable record on back-to-back games this year. The Rangers are 8-5 in back-to-back games and have won their last three.
They’ve scored 13 goals in those three games.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Penguins are 4-3-2 on the road vs. Metropolitan Division.
- Penguins are 3-3 in their last 6 road games.
- Rangers are 21-8-3 as favorites vs. Metropolitan Division.
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. Penguins.
- Rangers are 23-7-3 at home.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction
The Penguins have played .500 hockey over the last month and are now without their second-best scorer. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are 8-5 on back-to-back games.
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The Rangers will leave Madison Square Garden with two big points as they keep pace in the heavily-congested Eastern Conference.
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