New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Mar 07, 2021

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The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet for the fifth time this season on Sunday, with the Pens holding a 3-1 advantage in the season series.

NY Rangers
27-23-4-2
AT
March 07, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
PPG PAINTS Arena
Pittsburgh
37-16-2-1
Puckline +1.5 -197
Moneyline +125
Over / Under o +6

28%

Betting Action

72%

Puckline -1.5 +164
Moneyline -150
Over / Under u +6

28%

Betting Action

72%

Both clubs have kept their head-to-heads tight in 2021, with three one-goal games and the other a two-goal game after a buzzer-beating empty-net tally by Artemi Panarin.

As both East Division clubs jockey for playoff spots, each game is becoming all the more important. Puck drop at PPG Paints Arena is slated for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Rangers vs. Penguins 3/7/21 Betting Analysis

Fifteen of the last 19 Rangers–Penguins head-to-heads have gone over the total, indicating these teams tend to push offence when they face off. The over is only 2-2 in these teams’ four head-to-heads in 2021, but Pittsburgh’s been an over team overall — hitting 14 times in 23 games.

The Pens, 13-9-1 overall, have been lights out at home in 2021 winning nine of their 11 games in Pittsburgh. The Rangers enter at 5-3-1 on the road, making for a battle of strong trends. Pittsburgh enters as a -133 moneyline favourite on the NHL odds.

New York Rangers

At 10-9-3 the Rangers have kept themselves in the East’s playoff race. In fact New York’s won three in a row, most recently taking a pair from the New Jersey Devils. The three-game heater has allowed Pavel Buchnevich to take the team lead in scoring with 18 points in 22 games. The fifth-year Ranger is currently tied with Panarin for most points, with the latter on a team absence.

On the back end New York’s goalies have picked up the slack. Igor Shesterkin, who is supposedly nearing a return from a groin injury, is posting a .921 save percentage despite a 6-7-1 record, while Alexandar Georgiev collected the Rangers’ most recent win and now has a 4-2-2 record. If both youngsters continue to shine, the Rangers could squeak into a playoff spot.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Thanks to some recent struggles from their instate rivals, the Penguins are tied for the final playoff spot in the East. The return of captain Crosby has certainly provided a boost to Pittsburgh’s lineup as they recently took two of three from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Crosby remains the centrepiece in Pittsburgh’s lineup, but a key difference has been Evgeni Malkin who’s recorded points in three straight games to get back to his normal self.

Malkin still ranks behind teammates Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Bryan Rust in points but it’s an encouraging sign for the 15th-year Penguin after a slow start to the season. One thing is for sure, is Crosby and Malkin are going — Pittsburgh remains a dangerous team to face.

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