Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Game 5 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 10, 2022

The New York Rangers are headed back home to Madison Square Garden as they look to keep their season alive when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 5 of this first-round playoff series.

Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
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May 11, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
Puckline +1.5 -207
Moneyline +119
Over / Under o +6.5

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Puckline -1.5 +172
Moneyline -142
Over / Under u +6.5

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It appears the New York Rangers have a goaltending problem as they look to save their season in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. New York is a -135 home favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.0 goals.

Penguins vs. Rangers NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

Well, our pick of Rangers in seven is still a possibility but not looking great with New York down 3-1 despite having what was supposed to be a mammoth edge in net with sure-fire Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin against Pittsburgh third-stringer Louis Domingue. It has not worked out that way in stunning fashion.

On the updated series line, the Penguins are -667 (were -161 entering Game 4) with the Rangers at +461. For exact series score, Pittsburgh in five is +115, followed by six at +225, Rangers in seven at +475 and Pens in seven at +550. That it ends in five games is +115, seven +215 and six +225. To win the East, Pittsburgh is +656 and New York +1889.

Pittsburgh is 2-5 in its past seven in New York.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins dominated in the two games at home in this series, following a 7-4 win on Saturday with a 7-2 rout on Monday. Sidney Crosby had his sixth straight playoff game with multiple points vs. the Rangers on Monday with a goal and two assists and became the sixth player in NHL postseason history with 200 career points. Evgeni Malkin scored the 66th postseason goal of his career to move into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s all-time list and a share of 21st in league history. Jake Guentzel became the first player in Penguins history to score at least one goal in each of the team’s first four games from the start of a postseason. Seven different players scored a goal. The Penguins scored seven goals in consecutive playoff games for the first time in franchise history and became the fourth NHL team to do so in the last 28 years. Domingue allowed two goals on 24 shots. Pittsburgh is 3-7 in its past 10 following a win. It is 15-3 all-time in a series when leading 3-1.

New York Rangers

This writer simply doesn’t have an explanation for the disintegration of Rangers star netminder Shesterkin in this series. He was pulled for the second straight game Monday, allowing six goals on 30 shots in just under 40 minutes of action. Yet coach Gerard Gallant said that the Russian will start Game 5:

“He’s probably real frustrated. It’s a team effort and he’ll be back in there and be ready to win the next game. I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him. I’m more disappointed in our team than him. At least three pucks were deflected by him. But we just played a soft game.”

New York actually took an early 1-0 lead on Monday before imploding. Alexis Lafreniere (20 years, 210 days) became the 11th Rangers player to score a postseason goal before age 21. New York is 2-18 all-time in a series when trailing 3-1. The Rangers are 8-3 in their past 11 following a loss of three or more goals. Shesterkin was better at home during the regular season, so we are going to back the Blueshirts to force a Game 6.

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