Rangers at Penguins Game 5 - 4/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (47-30-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (51-27-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -185 / New York Rangers +165 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play game five Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.
The New York Rangers need a big road victory to extend this series to a potential sixth game. 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 two assists and Keith Yandle has 12 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 nine goals on 90 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up four goals on 33 shots. Lundqvist has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins advance to the next round by getting this victory on their home ice. 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 four goals, Sidney Crosby has four assists and Phil Kessel has 19 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 and Matt Murray has given up one goal on 48 shots. Zatkoff has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 9-0 in their last 9 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 11-1 in their last 12 vs. a team with a winning record and 19-7 in their last 26 home games. The Rangers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Rangers have been downright outplayed this entire series, so there's little reason to think they can stop Pittsburgh from clinching at home. Look for the Penguins to end this series.