Penguins at Rangers Game 4 - 4/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (50-27-8) at New York Rangers (47-29-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -110 / Pittsburgh Penguins +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Thursday night at Madison Square Garden for game 4.
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to really take control of this series by winning and taking a 3-1 lead. 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 Phil Kessel has 17 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 six goals on 65 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up one goal on 17 shots. Zatkoff has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers hope to tie this series up before heading back to Pittsburgh. 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, Derick Brassard has two assists and Keith Yandle has eight 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 five goals on 72 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up three goals on 19 shots. Lundqvist has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 9-1 in their last 10 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 18-7 in their last 25 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Rangers are an experienced playoff team that has come up big in must-win games over the years. I expect a big game from Lundqvist and for the Rangers to tie this series up.