Penguins at Rangers Game 3 - 4/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (49-27-8) at New York Rangers (47-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, USA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers play game three Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to regain home ice advantage by stealing this road win. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Patric Hörnqvist leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Sidney Crosby has two assists and Phil Kessel has 11 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. Jeff Zatkoff has allowed six goals on 65 shots faced. Zatkoff has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers hope to take a nice 2-1 lead and inch closer to advancing. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Derek Stepan leads New York with two goals, Derick Brassard has three assists and Keith Yandle has five 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 three goals on 42 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up three goals on 19 shots. Lundqvist has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rangers are 12-6 in the last 18 meetings overall.
The Rangers now have the momentum of the series and have history on their side after beating the Penguins in 12 of the last 18 meetings. Expect a nasty home crowd for New York and Lundqvist to put on another show. I like the Rangers to take the 2-1 series lead by getting a tough victory here.