Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 06, 2021

New York has struggled against the Pens this season.  Pittsburgh has won five of six meetings between these teams and outscored the Rangers by a combined 22-15.

Pittsburgh
27-13-2-1
AT
April 06, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
21-16-4-2
Puckline +1.5 -244
Moneyline +102
Over / Under o +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

Puckline -1.5 +202
Moneyline -123
Over / Under u +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

The Penguins and Rangers are set to kick off a two-game set in New York on Tuesday.  Both teams are looking to get back in the win column after Saturday losses that saw Pittsburgh fall 7-5 to Boston and the Rangers drop a 3-2 shootout decision to Buffalo.

The Rangers are -126 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.0.

Penguins vs. Rangers Betting Analysis

New York has struggled against the Pens this season.  Pittsburgh has won five of six meetings between these teams and outscored the Rangers by a combined 22-15.

The Penguins haven’t been strong on the road this year, posting an 8-9-1 record outside of PPG Paints Arena.  They’re 17-21 against the spread and have covered in seven of 18 road games.  The total has gone Under in nine of the Pens’ last 12 games and four of their last five on the road.

This season hasn’t gone exactly the way New York would like, but with a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 games, they’re clearly making a late playoff push.  They’re 24-13 ATS and have covered in 11 of 18 home games.  The Rangers have had no issues finding the back of the net.  They’ve hit the Over in four of their last five home games and they’re the only current non-playoff team to have a positive goal differential (+18).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh has a comfortable six-point lead over Boston for third place in the East Division, so there shouldn’t be any desperation from this team despite their injury issues.  Forwards Evgeni Malkin (lower-body), Kasperi Kapanen (lower-body), Brandon Tanev (upper-body) and Teddy Blueger (upper-body) are all out indefinitely.  Defenceman Mark Friedman is also out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.  On the positive side, it looks like No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry will be good to go, after he missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury.

Despite the injury issues, Sidney Crosby has been having one of his best seasons in years.  Crosby is ninth in NHL scoring with 43 points (15G, 28A) in 37 games.  Jake Guentzel has also been having a big year.  He leads the Pens with 16 goals and is playing at a point-per-game pace with 38 points.  Pittsburgh has 17 goals over their last four games and have five wins in their last six outings.  Regardless of who is injured, if Crosby is on top of his game, this is a dangerous Pens team.

New York Rangers

New York has been playing better lately, but they still have some work to do.  They’re five points back of the Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East Division and need to start stringing together some wins.  They have the third-most goals in the East and they average 3.14 goals per game.  Mika Zibanejad has been the biggest reason for the offensive resurgence.  After putting up six points in his first 19 games this season, Zibanejad has 22 points in his last 18 games, including two different six-point performances against Philadelphia.

The Rangers also look like they’ve definitively found the heir to King Henrik Lundqvist‘s throne.  Igor Shesterkin is establishing himself as a true No. 1 goalie.  He has posted a 9-8-2 record this year with a 2.27 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.  Shesterkin has the sixth-best save percentage in the NHL among goalies with at least six games played.  If the Rangers keep scoring and Shesterkin shuts the door, New York could be primed to go on a late season run.

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