New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 6 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 12, 2022

The New York Rangers were able to fend off elimination in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
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May 13, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
PPG PAINTS Arena
Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
Puckline -1.5 +192
Moneyline -126
Over / Under o +6

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Puckline +1.5 -231
Moneyline +105
Over / Under u +6

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The Rangers are -125 road favourites on the NHL odds for Game 6 on Friday.

Rangers vs. Penguins NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

You might be asking yourself why Pittsburgh is a home underdog for Game 6 when it won its first two home games of this series by a combined score of 14-6. It’s in part because the Pens might not have superstar Sidney Crosby. More on that below. If there is a Game 7, it would be Sunday back at Madison Square Garden.

With Pittsburgh up 3-2, the Penguins are -227 on the series line and Rangers +183. On the series correct score prop, Pittsburgh in six is +110, followed by New York in seven at +185 and Pittsburgh in seven at +280. To win the East, the Pens are +880 and the Rangers +1461.

The Rangers are 1-7 in their past eight in Pittsburgh.

New York Rangers

New York’s season looked over more than midway through the second period of Game 5 on Wednesday trailing 2-0, but then the Rangers scored three times in 2:42 of game time — the fastest three goals in a potential elimination game in franchise history – starting at 15:11 of the second. The Pens would tie late in that period, but Filip Chytil’s first goal of the series, on the power play, at 2:53 of the third proved the winner and Ryan Lindgren, back from injury, had an empty-netter to clinch the 5-3 victory.

Former No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner. He is the fourth player in Rangers history to score in consecutive playoff games at age 20 or younger. New York overcame a multi-goal deficit to stave off elimination for the fourth time in franchise history. Likely Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin wasn’t great but at least better than he had been in the two games in Pittsburgh. The Rangers are 0-4 in their past four after scoring at least five goals in their previous game.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Goals by Jake Guentzel (sixth of series) and Kris Letang (first) had given the Pens the 2-0 lead in Game 5 and then Guentzel (seventh) tied it late in the second before New York took charge in the third. Guenztel’s five-game playoff goal-scoring streak is the third-longest in franchise history (Mario Lemieux had one of seven and one of six). Letang’s seven career goals in potential series-clinching games are fourth in NHL history among defencemen.

However, the big story is the status of superstar Sidney Crosby, who has nine points in this series. He took a high hit from Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba in the second period. Crosby finished his shift but then didn’t return to the game. The Pens think the hit was dirty and the Rangers of course don’t. Not clear if there will be a suspension but there was no penalty on the play. We may not know Crosby’s status until Friday afternoon. We are going to play this as if Crosby will be in the lineup. If he’s not, flip the score and take New York. The Penguins are 14-5 in their past 19 as home dogs.

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