New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 13, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -162 / New York Rangers +147 --- Over/Under: 5
The New York Rangers fought back and forced a game seven on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
The Rangers went from having a hard time scoring goals to scoring eight goals in their last two wins. Martin St. Louis got four shots on goal in the game six win and actually scored his first goal of the series in the first quarter. While the Rangers offense is playing more aggressive, goalie Henrik Lundqvist is also playing with more consistency, allowing just one goal each in his last two games. The Rangers have won nine straight games when scoring at least three goals. The New York Rangers are also 28-17-1-1 on the road this season.
The Penguins have struggled to find any success on the offensive end as of late, scoring just one goal in each of their last two games. Sidney Crosby has just one goal and two assists in this playoff series and one goal in all of the playoff games this season. With the Penguins offense struggling, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has also had a difficult time, allowing seven goals in his last two games after back-to-back shutouts earlier in the series. The Penguins are 1-6 in their last seven games when scoring less than three goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also 31-10-3-3 at home.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 73-30 in their last 103 home games and 60-28 in their last 88 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rangers are 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in Pittsburgh.
I like the value we're getting with the Rangers in this spot. Not only are the Rangers one of the better road teams in the league, but they've also been playing inspired hockey since the death of St. Louis' mother. The Rangers are red hot right now and should have just enough in the tank to beat an inconsistent Pittsburgh squad.