The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 17 goals, Sidney Crosby has 29 assists and Bryan Rust has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 70 goals on 743 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 35 goals on 412 shots.
The New York Rangers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 17 goals, Adam Fox has 31 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 46 goals on 603 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 33 goals on 319 shots.
The Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite. The under is 9-4 in Penguins last 13 overall. The over is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 home games. The Penguins are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in New York and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
You could make a case for either side here and the Rangers probably do have the edge playing at home. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a solid two weeks and have actually cashed five of their last seven games as an underdog. The Penguins have also won five of the seven meetings this season against the Rangers. The New York Rangers just dominated the Penguins on Tuesday and have played well in the favorite role, but we’re getting a really good and consistent team for the cheaper price. I’ll take it.