Rangers at Penguins - 4/20/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (54-23-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (44-28-12)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +100 / New York Rangers -120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, NBCSN
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Monday night with their playoff series tied at one.
The New York Rangers look to recapture home ice after losing game two. The Rangers have scored five goals and have won nine of their last 10 when scoring at least three goals. The New York Rangers have two power play goals in the series. Derick Brassard leads New York with two goals, Keith Yandle has two assists and Rick Nash has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers have allowed five goals and have allowed two power play goals in this series. Henrik Lundqvist has given up all five goals on 47 shots.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win here to really put pressure on the Rangers. The Penguins have five goals in this series and have won five of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins have two power play goals in this series. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Chris Kunitz has two assists and David Perron has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins have allowed five goals and two power play goals. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up all five goals on 64 shots faced.
The Rangers are 25-7 in their last 32 road games and 41-16 in their last 57 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 7-3 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-20 in their last 27 vs. Metropolitan. The Rangers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Penguins know that they can really take control of this series with a victory, and they have the experience to get the job done on their home ice. In a toss up game, I'm going to side with the home team and the even money. Pittsburgh has the value heading into this matchup.