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New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (21-12-6) at New York Rangers (17-14-7)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers +131 / Pittsburgh Penguins -145 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBCS
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NHL | Pittsburgh Penguins (21-12-6) at New York Rangers (17-14-7)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 18 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 28 assists and Phil Kessel has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 46 goals on 489 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 54 goals on 733 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed two or less goals in each of their last six games.

The New York Rangers could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 20 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 23 assists and Kevin Hayes has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 82 goals on 937 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 30 goals on 298 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The Rangers are 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 overall. The Penguins are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in New York and 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. The over is 9-3 in Rangers last 12 overall. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 road games.

We're getting a pretty cheap price with the Pittsburgh Penguins, arguably the hottest team in hockey at the moment and a team that's beaten up on the New York Rangers over the years. The Rangers just aren't consistent enough to trust against quality teams, and that defense gets lit up more times than not. Based on what the Pittsburgh Penguins have done over the last month, taking them and favorable prices has to be the play until further notice.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins -145

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