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Penguins at Rangers - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-12) at New York Rangers (53-22-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -190 / Pittsburgh Penguins +171 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Thursday in the first round of the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended the season losing five of their last six games. The Penguins are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last four games and have won five of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for 56 goals, Patric Hornqvist has 26 assists and Brandon Sutter has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 146 goals on 1,831 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 50 goals on 546 shots.  

Penguins at Rangers - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers ended the season winning six of their last seven games. The Rangers are averaging three goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 14 straight games when scoring at least three goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 42 goals, Martin St. Louis has 31 assists and Chris Kreider has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.3 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 103 goals on 1,329 shots faced and Cam Talbot has given up 77 goals on 1,038 shots.

The Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Rangers are 20-9 in their last 29 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. 

To me, this series is the most interesting. And while I think the Rangers will win the series, the value in this game is all on the Penguins. Pittsburgh is too talented to be this doubted in a single game. I'll take the Penguins given the insane plus money. 

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