Rangers at Penguins - 4/13/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (46-27-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (48-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -125 / New York Rangers +105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play game one of the playoffs Wednesday night.
The New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot after splitting their last 20 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 27 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 35 assists and Derek Stepan has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 156 goals on 1,944 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 43 goals on 530 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the playoffs hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 36 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 274 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 132 goals on 1,665 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 34 goals on 408 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 17-5 in their last 22 home games. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 11-5 in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Penguins are probably the hottest team entering the playoffs, as they finished extremely strong with wins in eight of their last nine. While the Rangers have owned the Penguins over the years, it's hard to bet against the Penguins in their current form, especially at home.