Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/9/21

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/9/21 Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (10-10-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (14-9-1)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:00 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 the PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.

The New York Rangers will look to bounce back from their 5-1 loss to the Pens in their last matchup. Pavel Buchnevich leads the Rangers with 19 points coming on 7 goals and 12 assists and Artemi Panarin has 18 points however Panarin continues to miss time due to an off-ice matter. Ryan Strome sits 3rd with 17 points with 8 goals and 9 assists while Chris Kreider has 16 points with a team-leading 13 goals and Adam Fox has 14 points with 12 of the 14 coming as assists on the year. Igor Shesterkin’s seen the majority of the action in goal for the Rangers, putting up 6 wins and a 2.31 GAA in 15 appearances while Alexandar Georgiev has 4 wins and a shutout in 11 appearances with a 3.03 GAA.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their huge win over the Rangers last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring wih 22 points including 8 goals and 14 assists while Jake Guentzel is right behind with 21 points on 7 goals and 14 helpers. Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin each have 18 points with Rust contributing 8 goals and 10 apples while Malkin’s got 6 goals and 12 assists. Kris Letang has 17 points with 12 assists and Kasperi Kapanen has 6 goals and 10 assists for the Pens this season. Tristan Jarry has taken the crease 17 times for the Penguins, posting a 9-8 record with a 3.12 GAA on the year.

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New York is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 4-13 in their last 17 games as an underdog while the under is 13-2-1 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 11-2 in their last 13 games as a favorite while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. New York is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh.

The plus money with the Rangers is always intriguing because you never know when the Rangers are going to show up, but that’s why I’m going with Pittsburgh here. I can’t figure out this Rangers team for the life of me and it’s frustrating when you think there’s value and then they get their doors blown off. I’ve bashed the Penguins all season long but this team is finally starting to look like they’ve turned a corner and maybe we’ll see some signs of life from the Penguins going forward. It’s more juice than I’d like to lay for this spot, but the Penguins have to be the play here.

 

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -155

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

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