New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/9/14
New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -140 / New York Rangers +130 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to wrap up their series with the New York Rangers on Friday night.
The Penguins took a commanding 3-1 series lead on the strength of a 4-2 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Game three was a must win for New York and to some extent this statement was true for the Penguins who didn't want to return home with the series tied andup for grabs. That turned out to be a non worry as the home team continued to struggle offensively and on the power play. The Pens never trailed and spread out the wealth with four players scoring.
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Pitt led 1-0 after one and 2-1 heading into the final 20 minutes but the Rangers were never able to get over the hump as they fell behind 3-1 before getting as close as 3-2. Brandon Sutter might have broken the back of the NYR with a shorthanded tally in the second with Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen also finding the back of the net. That was enough support for Marc-Andre Fleury who recorded only 13 stops to pick up the win.
The Rangers received goals from Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin but their issue was getting opportunities and make Fleury move about and work which didn't happen and has been a recurring problem with shots and scoring being tough to come by. Henrik Lundvist allowed all four goals on 27 shots in the loss and hasn't been at the top of his game in this series which combined with a lack of scoring has his team facing elimination.
I don't think the Rangers odd schedule and lack of rest can be blamed here as I have watched this team and their offense and power play aren't getting it done because they have looked almost confused and disorganized all to often. No shots=no scoring which has me leaning Penguins in game five which means advancing to the conference semis. Please check baxk when the line is released because I expect sizeable chalk...