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New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (44-29-13) at New York Rangers (56-23-7)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -180 / Pittsburgh Penguins +160 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a road win in game five against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were given little chance of upending the Rangers in the quarterfinals and now must prove the doubters wrong after a 2-1, overtime loss to New York on Wednesday left the Penguins staring at a 3-1 series deficit heading back to New York for game number five. Game three might have been do or die and the Pens came out and drew first blood a mere 2:22 in to the opening frame when Patric Hornqvist deflected a Ben Lovejoy shot past Henrik Lundqvist. Unfortunately that was the highlight of an offense that managed just 23 shots. The pressure of winning fell on Marc-Andre Fleury who gave up both goals on 24 shots to absorb the loss. 

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers haven’t steamrolled Pittsburgh as many experts had expected but at the end of the day the Rangers own a commanding 3-1 series lead despite a very tough and tight series. The Rangers faced the prospect of a 2-2 series when they took the ice at the Consol Energy Center Wednesday but overcame the shock of a quick Pittsburgh goal when rookie Kevin Hayes scored his first playoff goal just over three minutes in to overtime to send the series back to MSG with a huge 3-1 series lead. Derick Brassard picked up his third goal of the series in the second period to knot the score at a goal apiece while Henrik Lundqvist recorded 22 stops in the victory.

The Penguins are 1-9 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record and are 2-12 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference while the under is 6-1-1 in Penguins last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 3-0-1 in Rangers last 4 Friday games while New York are 26-5 in their last 31 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and  5-1 in their last 6 Friday games. The Penguins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York. I lead New York but will look at the total when goalies are confirmed… 

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