Penguins vs. Rangers - 3/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (37-20-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (32-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -127 / New York Rangers +115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, ROOT
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 22 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 26 assists and J.T. Miller has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 117 goals on 1,540 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 28 goals on 318 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 25 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 27 assists and Phil Kessel has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 107 goals on 1,367 shots on goal and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 43-19 in their last 62 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 17-36 in their last 53 vs. Metropolitan and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Rangers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Rangers are in better form than the Penguins and have been tearing things up on the road lately. However, the Penguins are still mighty tough on the road and need a nice win to kind of get back on track. Give me the home team in this big game.