New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 08, 2021

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New York is looking for a better showing on Tuesday, after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Pens on Sunday.

NY Rangers
27-23-4-2
AT
March 09, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
PPG PAINTS Arena
Pittsburgh
37-16-2-1
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +148
Over / Under o +6

20%

Betting Action

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Puckline -1.5 +146
Moneyline -177
Over / Under u +6

20%

Betting Action

80%

The first game on Tuesday’s NHL schedule features the New York Rangers visiting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are favoured on the NHL odds. The total opened at 6 goals.

Rangers vs. Penguins Betting Analysis

Tuesday will be the sixth meeting of the season between the clubs and they play just twice more in the regular season: April 6 and 8 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers remain without their best offensive player in Russian winger Artemi Panarin as he remains on an indefinite leave of absence due to an unusual off-the-ice situation that may or may not involve Russian president Vladimir Putin. Panarin (five goals, 13 assists) hasn’t played since Feb. 20, and it’s anyone’s guess when he returns.

In addition, No. 1 goaltender Igor Shesterkin suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against New Jersey and was clearly in serious pain after stretching for a save. He is 6-7-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season.

Pittsburgh lost superstar Sidney Crosby to COVID protocols early last week but it only lasted one game. Winger Jason Zucker (lower body) is on long-term injured reserve. Zucker has four goals and three assists in 17 games, but hasn’t played since Feb. 23.

The home team is 5-1 in the past six meetings. The total has gone over in 10 of the previous 13 games in Pittsburgh.

New York Rangers

New York jumped out to a 1-0 lead early Sunday in Pittsburgh but they wouldn’t score again in a 5-1 defeat. Mika Zibanejad has been a disappointment so far this season but had the lone Rangers goal on Sunday, his third of the year. Top blueliner Jacob Trouba had an assist in his return to action after missing almost three weeks with a broken thumb. Alexandar Georgiev allowed three goals on six shots before being pulled for Keith Kinkaid. It’s possible that Igor Shesterkin is ready by Tuesday. The Rangers are 5-2 in their past seven road games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh scored three times in about a one-minute span (1:01 to be exact, the fastest three-goal stretch by any team in the league this season) late in the first period Sunday to take control and then added two more in the third. Sidney Crosby had his eighth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin had his sixth, Kasperi Kapanen his sixth, Zach Aston-Reese his fifth and John Marino his first. Kapanen added two assists and was the No. 1 star. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in eight games since being benched by coach Mike Sullivan in the third period of a Feb. 20 game versus the Islanders. Casey DeSmith allowed one goal on 24 shots, but it likely will be Tristan Jarry starting in net on Tuesday. Winger Jared McCann missed the third period with a possible upper-body injury. He has five goals and five assists in 17 games. The Penguins are 6-2 in their past eight on Tuesday.

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