Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jan 30, 2021

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After a cold start to his NHL career without a point in his first six games, Alexis Lafreniere is looking to turn a corner after picking up his first NHL goal in overtime against the Sabres on Thursday.

Pittsburgh
27-13-2
AT
January 30, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
20-16-4-2
Puckline -1.5 +215
Moneyline -114
Over / Under o +6

65%

Betting Action

35%

Puckline +1.5 -259
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6

65%

Betting Action

35%

After a pair of lacklustre showings against the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins would love to go back to what they were doing before that two-game mini-series: beating the New York Rangers. The division rivals meet Saturday night for the third time this season, with the Pens holding a pair of victories over the host Blueshirts. The Rangers are looking to avenge those defeats, and this time will have the benefit of home ice.

Penguins vs. Rangers Betting Analysis

Oddsmakers have this one as a near-toss-up, with the visitors at -115 and the Rangers at -105. That presents some interesting puckline plays, with the Penguins -1.5 sitting at a whopping +218 and the Rangers -1.5 paying out at -264. The Penguins come in having lost their last six road games dating back to the end of last season, but they’ve beaten the Rangers five times in the previous seven head-to-head meetings between the teams.

The total for Saturday’s encounter is set at 6, with the Over and Under at an identical -110. And 85 percent of Sports Interaction respondents are siding with the O6, no doubt drawn at least in part by the recent history between the teams. The Over has connected in four of the past five meetings at Madison Square Garden, and the teams averaged exactly six goals in their two games in Pittsburgh, last week.

Pittsburgh Penguins

A Pittsburgh offence that had produced 14 goals over the course of a four-game winning streak had next to nothing left for its trip to Boston, scoring just three times in those two defeats. Even more alarming, the Bruins were deftly able to expose the Penguins’ deficiencies on special teams, going 2-for-5 with the man advantage while holding Pittsburgh scoreless in nine on the power-play chances of their own (while adding a short-handed tally for good measure).

New York Rangers

It’s far too early to start comparing Alexis Lafreniere to Alexandre Daigle, but his ice-cold start to his NHL career certainly has Rangers fans and backers concerned. The 2020 first-overall pick has just one goal and zero assists through his first seven games despite ranking sixth on the Rangers in ice time among forwards (15:29 per night). On the plus side, that goal came in the Rangers’ last game, and he set a career-high in shots on goal in that contest (four).

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