Pittsburgh Penguins (40-26-4) at New York Rangers (31-32-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers +148 / Pittsburgh Penguins -200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Wednesday NHL action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have jumped to second in the Metropolitan and have their sights se on first place Washington. Pittsburgh has won four of five after downing visiting Dallas 3-1 on Sunday where Alexander Radulov scored on the power play in the second.
The Penguins received first period goals from Patric Hornqvist and Jamie Oleksiak before Evgeni Malkin secured the win with an empty net tally with 44 seconds remaining. Sydney Crosby added a pair of helpers for Pittsburgh and Casey DeSmith made 17 saves to get the win while Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots in the loss.
The New York Rangers are not going to the postseason and are hoping to take a few teams with them. New York snapped a three game slide with a 6-3 win versus Carolina who received goals from Teuvo Teravainen, Lee Stempiak and Victor Rask.
The Rangers offensive explosion featured a hat trick from Jimmy Vesey while Mas Zuccarello scored twice. Vladislav Namestnikov also found the back of the net while Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich posted three assists each to make Alexander Georgiev’s 41 saves a winner with Scott Darling stopping 17-21 in defeat.
Over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and over is 8-0 in Penguins last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 Wednesday games. Over is 6-0 in Rangers last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and under is 7-0 in Rangers last 7 games following a win and Rangers are 1-9 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. Penguins are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in New York and over is 11-2-3 in the last 16 meetings and over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
The respective offenses take over when these teams take the ice so I’m looking at the over here…