New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (11-5-3) at New York Rangers (14-5-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, MSG, TVA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Wednesday night in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back on track after splitting their last 10 games. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Evgeni Malkin has nine assists and Patric Hornqvist has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 43 goals on 461 shots faced and Matt Murray has allowed nine goals on 165 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost all seven games when scoring less than three goals.
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The New York Rangers look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Rangers are averaging 4.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 12 goals, Kevin Hayes has nine assists and J.T. Miller has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 32 goals on 389 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 12 goals on 192 shots. The New York Rangers have scored at least two goals in 16 straight games.
The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games and 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Penguins have gotten the better of the New York Rangers recently and that includes four straight vicories in Madison Square Garden. However, the Rangers have been an offensive machine all season long and the Penguins have yet to win a game this season when scoring less than three goals. I have to side with the offense here and back the Rangers at home.