Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers - 4/13/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (46-27-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (48-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -125 / New York Rangers +105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rangers and Penguins meet up for the first game of their Metropolitan division semi-final series in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
The New York Rangers head into Pittsburgh on Wednesday night looking to steal home ice advantage away from their divisional rivals form Pittsburgh in one of the more anticipated first round matchups between two of the marquee franchises in the NHL. The Blue Shirts haven’t had quite the season many had anticipated and while they did add some pieces at the trade deadline and have a handful of others that have been around for a long time ready to push them back to the Cup final but they face a very tough Penguins team in the first round. The Blue Shirts were a modest 19-17-5 on the road this season and while they always seem to show up and get it done at MSG they are going to have to steal a game in Pittsburgh and the earlier they can do so the better position they will be in moving forward. Henrik Lundqvist is slated to get the start as he will face off against Matthew Murray unless Marc-Andre Fleury returns early from injury.
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The Penguins meanwhile head into the playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams and if not for a crazy first half from the Washington Capitals they could have made it interesting for the Metro division crown with some stellar numbers in the second half. Pittsburgh is loaded offensively and while Evgeni Malkin may not be back until the second round the Pens have enough to get through without him and will certainly boost their Cup chances if he does return to full health and gets thrown on a line with Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh has an underrated blue line as well and with so much depth up top they should be able to dictate the pace of this series and while New York has been among the league’s best over the last five years or so I just don’t see it from them this year. In game one I like the value on the home team even if it is Murray in goal and I think the Penguins get it done.