Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) at New York Rangers (1-5-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 17, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -112 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look continue their domination of division opponents as they head into MSG to face off with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Penguins look to extend New York’s misery to start the season as the two Metro division rivals face off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in a place that is usually quite friendly to the Blue Shirts but has been anything but to start this campaign. Pittsburgh are the two time defending Cup champions and have had a decent start to the season as they have resume wins and a few tough losses but overall they are looking like a group that is capable of going on another deep playoff run, and if they can add another body at the trade deadline to push them over the edge they will be tough to slow down. Matt Murray is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Henrik Lundqvist who has looked like anything but “the King” lately as he and the Rangers have lost five of their first six games.
The Rangers’ struggles extend back to last season as they are a paltry 2-9 in their last 11 games against divisional foes and while the Metro remains one of the toughest divisions in hockey with some of the league’s best teams, including the Pens, good teams need to find a way to win against teams in their division. New York has dropped seven of their last eight games and while they did bring in some key pieces in the offseason they aren’t looking like a group capable of staying in the discussion as one of the league’s elite and until they can play out of this funk they may not even stay in the discussion as a playoff threat.
The Pens are 2-5 in their last seven road games and 47-19 in their last 66 against the Metro while the Rangers are 1-5 in their last six against the East and 5-12 in their last 17 Tuesday games. Pittsburgh is the better team here and are getting a nice price and while New York will turn it around soon I don’t like this as the spot to do so.