New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (43-28-12) at New York Rangers (54-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -185 / Pittsburgh Penguins +165 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers look to sweep the first two games at MSG against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t given much of a chance in their opener with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden but the Penguins made New York work in a 2-1 loss on Thursday night. The Pens looked like they were sleepwalking in the first with the Rangers looking to make short work of them with a 2-0 lead but the defense tightened and controlled the scoreboard but unfortunately the offense didn’t join the party. Blake Comeau provided the visitors with their lone goal just over six minutes into the second but never lit the lamp again. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 36 stops in defeat as his friends on offense did not generate many chances.
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The New York Rangers are looking to eliminate Pittsburgh from the postseason for the second consecutive season and took step number one with Thursday’s win. The Rangers appeared to be heading for a rout when Derick Brassard knocked home a rebound of a Rick Nash shot just 28 second in for a 1-0 lead before the fans were able to down their first hot dog. The home team finally scored with their thid power play of the opening stanza when Ryan McDonaugh’s slap shot beat Fleury with under five minutes left in the first. The offense never found the back of the net but Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 24 shots to preserve the lead. The NYR allowed five shots in the first and nine in the third so they kept the rubber away from the net.
The under is 5-0-1 in Penguins last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Penguins are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 3-1-1 in Rangers last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and is 6-0-1 in Rangers last 7 vs. Metropolitan while going 6-0-1 in Rangers last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. I knew I was bucking the odds when taking Pittsburgh in the opener but the alternative was high juice on the Rangers and I don’t do that. The line has not been released but it will be unplayable I’m sure…