New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/1/21

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/1/21 Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-3-1) at New York Rangers (2-4-2)

NHL Hockey: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -110 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Monday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with four goals, Bryan Rust has five assists and Jake Guentzel has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 21 goals on 149 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 12 goals on 96 shots.

The New York Rangers need a win after losing four of their last five games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with four goals, Phillip Di Giuseppe has five assists and Mika Zibanejad has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 12 goals on 113 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 12 goals on 105 shots.

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The Penguins are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The under is 9-3 in Rangers last 12 overall. The Penguins are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in New York and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins are getting disrespected with this line being what it is. Yes, the Rangers hung with the Penguins a couple days ago and past meetings usually go to overtime, but the Penguins are simply the better team and usually get the best of the Rangers when it's said and done. The New York Rangers have had some bad breaks this year, but at some point they have to start winning for me to consider backing. Give me the Penguins once again. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -110

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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