Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Rangers vs. Penguins Odds
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(0-1-0) New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)
Date: Saturday, April 16th
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -165
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The opener of this series went according to plan for the Penguins, and there weren’t many surprises. One thing was for sure, I didn’t foresee the high score, but then again I didn’t foresee Lundqvist leaving the game early.
If the Rangers want to see their post season continue, this is a make or break game.
As good as the Rangers have been at MSG all year, heading back to the big Apple down 2-0 will be pretty hard to come back from.
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The Rangers kept the first game pretty close until the Pens ripped it open in the 3rd. They escaped a major blow with the apparent injury to their star goalie being minor as Hendrik is expected to start Saturday afternoon.
The offence needs to find a way to get it going, they had 37 shots on Wednesday, but many were from bad angles and didn’t amount to being very good.
That’s pretty much were the good news ends as most of the Rangers injured players remain out for game 2.
No Fleury, no problem. Zatkoff has done a premium job in minding the crease in the absence of the #1 and will be looked on again Saturday. The Penguins played a by the numbers game Saturday and caught some lucky breaks.
They fought for pucks, crashed the net and although they were out shot, maintained the tempo for most of the game.
They got offence from the usual suspects, mainly Crosby and Hornqvist, but had strong games from Kessel and Letang as well.
As an added bonus, it looks like Malkin may be back for game 2.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Over is 6-1-4 in NYR last 11 road games.
- Over is 6-1-4 in NYR last 11 vs. Metropolitan.
- Over is 28-12-14 in NYR last 54 overall.
- PIT are 20-6 in their last 26 overall.
- PIT are 9-3 in their last 12 Sat. games.
- Over is 17-6-6 in PIT last 29 home games.
Free New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
All that offence in game one for Pittsburgh, and that was without Malkin in the lineup and Kessel held to no goals. If those 2 get onto the action, New York will have no answer.
The only way the Rangers make a game here is the double down on the defence and wait for an error, which is a kind of game the Rangers can play and play well.
The Penguins will conform to the game tempo set and I believe they will want to slow this one down as well and attempt to limit NY on the scoring chances.
The one error the Pens made in game one was giving the Rangers too much wiggle room to get back into it.
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I see the Penguins taking game 2, but I expect a much tighter game Saturday afternoon. If it hadn’t been for a sudden burst, this game would have probably ended 3-2 in game one.
There’s no reason to expect Zatkoff to regress in this spot and King Henry will bring his A-game and put on a clinic. This one goes down to the wire in a well fought matchup.
Expect the unlikely hero in this one as NY will do everything possible to immobilize Crosby, Hornqvist and Kessel.
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