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Penguins vs. Rangers - 1/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers (25-13-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-11-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -140 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Sunday at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The New York Rangers have won six of their last eight games and end a three-game road trip. The Rangers are averaging three goals per game and have scored two goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers haven’t scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won 11 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Rick Nash leads New York with 26 goals, Derick Brassard has 22 assists and Martin St. Louis has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games. Cam Talbot has allowed 21 goals on 284 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 74 goals on 918 shots. The Rangers have won five of their last six road games.

Penguins vs. Rangers - 1/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to break out of their funk after splitting their last eight games. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored four power play goals in their last three games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 36 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 78 goals on 1,026 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 21 goals on 258 shots.

The Rangers are 12-2 in their last 14 vs. Metropolitan and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 74-34 in their last 108 games playing on 1 days rest and 89-39 in their last 128 home games. The Rangers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Rangers have gotten the best of the Penguins in recent memory and are actually playing the better hockey as of late. In a toss up game that's very early in the morning, I like the value of the Rangers and the plus money. 

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New York Rangers +120

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