New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins 5/5/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Thursday in game 2 of the East First Round NHL Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another road win to take a 2-0 series lead. The New York Rangers need a win here to even up the series at 1-1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 4 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 2 goals, Bryan Rust has 2 assists and Kasperi Kapanen has 8 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 0 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Louis Domingue has allowed 0 goals on 17 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 3 goals on 51 shots.

The New York Rangers are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 100 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 1 goal, Mika Zibanejad has 2 assists, and Ryan Strome has 8 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 4 goals on 83 shots faced.

The Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Rangers are 50-19 in their last 69 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 12-5-1 in Penguins last 18 road games. The over is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 games as a favorite. The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

Conditioning will be key here after a marathon game one, and you could make a case for the Pittsburgh Penguins, given that it’s huge to be on the winning side of a game that goes into three overtimes. The New York Rangers took a punch to the gut, getting nothing out of playing five hours. With that said, that opener was even for the majority of the time and the Rangers actually probably should have won given they were the more physical team, and they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The home team has won 10 of the last 14 meetings between these clubs. Give me the Rangers to even things up.

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