New York Rangers (1-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -155 / New York Rangers +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from PPG Paints Arena on Friday night.
The New York Rangers will look to bounce back after falling to 1-2 on the year with a 4-3 loss to New Jersey in their last matchup. Pavel Buchnevich and Atremi Panarin each have a team-high 4 points with two goals and two assists while Adam Fox has a team-high 3 assists. Mika Zibanejad and Filip Chytil each have a goal and an assist with Zibanejad logging a team-high 10 shots on goal while Phil Di Giuseppe has a pair of assists this season. Alexandar Georgiev has seen the larger share of work in goal with a 1-1 record and a shutout with 4 goals against on 43 shots against while Igor Shesterkin has a 3.09 GAA after his lone start, giving up 4 goals on 41 shots against.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on back-to-back extra time wins over Washington following a 5-4 overtime win last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Pens in scoring with 3 goals and 5 points so far this season while Jake Guentzel has a goal and three assists for his four points. Bryan Rust, Mark Jankowski, Brandon Tanev and Teddy Blueger all have 3 points with Rust logging 3 assists while Jankowski and Blueger each have a goal and two assists and Tanev has two goals and a helper so far this season. Casey DeSmith’s had the bulk of the success so far this season in goal, going 2-0 with 8 goals allowed on 62 shots against for a 2.76 GAA while Tristan Jarry has an 0-2 mark with a 7.57 GAA including 9 goals allowed on 33 shots against this season.
New York is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 6-13 in their last 19 games overall and 147-69 in their last 216 home games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games following a win. New York is 7-15 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.
These are two teams with definite question marks in goal this season, but I sort of worry about the Penguins just a little bit more here. The Pens traded away Matt Murray and pushed all of their chips in on Tristan Jarry and that’s proven to be a catastrophic decision so far this season and I have to also wonder if DeSmith’s early success is sustainable. Georgiev was the better goaltending option over Henrik Lundqvist last season and you have to think Shesterkin turns things around shortly. I just think there’s more positive vibes with the Rangers right now, so I’ll take a shot with New York and the plus money here.