Rangers at Penguins Game 2- 4/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (46-28-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (49-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / New York Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play game two of their playoff series Saturday afternoon.
The New York Rangers hope to tie the series up before heading back to New York. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Derek Stepan leads New York with two goals, Dan Boyle has one assist and Derick Brassard has five shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal on 11 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up three goals on 19 shots. Lundqvist has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Patric Hörnqvist leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Sidney Crosby has two assists and Trevor Daley has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Jeff Zatkoff has allowed two goals on 37 shots faced. Zatkoff has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Penguins are 2-4 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 18-5 in their last 23 home games. The Rangers are 4-2 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 11-6 in the last 17 meetings overall.
The Rangers are an experienced team in terms of the playoffs and knows how important it is to split. The Rangers have also had great success against the Penguins in the past. I like New York to find a way to tie this series up.