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New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (46-19-11) at New York Rangers (46-26-5)
Date & Time Friday March 31, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
ROOT-Pittsburgh
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The Pittsburgh Penguins go on the road to face the New York Rangers in an NHL hockey match up.

The Pittsburgh Penguins obviously didn’t like their performance in Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Chicago Blackhawks but there is a reason and the Penguins won’t use it as an excuse; injuries and a lot of them. The Pens have an All Star team in street clothes and need to get healthy in time for the postseason or they won’t be around to defend their Stanley Cup title. The Penguins lone goal was scored by Bryan Rust with Marc-Andre Fleury absorbing the loss despite 31 saves as the team is not going to catch the Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan. The Blackhawks took full advantage of the banged up Pens with balanced scoring from Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Richard Panik and Tanner Kero with Corey Crawford making 31 saves for the win.

The New York Rangers have been road warriors for the majority of the season so they were foaming at the mouth when taking the ice at the struggling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. The Sharks were the team rising to the occasion with a 5-4, overtime win that ended their six game slide and secured a playoff berth as well. The Sharks won it on a Brent Burns power play tally 3:10 in to the extra session with Chris Tierney scoring twice while Melker Karlsson and Patrick Marleau also lighting the lamp in support of Martin Jones and his 24 stops. New York received a pair of goals from JT Miller with Derek Stepan and Jesper Fast also scoring. The Rangers did struggle between the pipes with Henrik Lundqvist charged with all five goals on 35 shots.

The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 overall and the Penguins are 0-6 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 5-1-1 in Penguins last 7 following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and the Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference while the Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Penguins are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New York and the over is 7-1-3 in the last 11 meetings while the  Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Penguins have been outstanding when facing the Rangers and the over has done even better which is my pick pending goalies…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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