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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers - 4/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers +240 / Pittsburgh Penguins -305 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
MSG, ATTP
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The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New York Rangers could use a victory here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 30 goals, Chris Kreider has 24 assists and Jimmy Vesey has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 158 goals on 1,699 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 86 goals on 977 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 39 goals, Sidney Crosby has 64 assists and Kris Letang has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 125 goals on 1,564 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 89 goals on 1,060 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.

The Rangers are 32-68 in their last 100 games as an underdog, 19-46 in their last 65 games as a road underdog and 3-14 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest. The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 115-50 in their last 165 games as a home favorite and 121-53 in their last 174 home games. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 15-5-1 in Penguins last 21 overall.

There's no reason to consider the New York Rangers when you consider the history between these two teams, and the fact the Rangers have been playing awful hockey overall and have no success on the end of back to backs. This should be a routine victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins on their home ice, but I'd take the PL for added value, as the ML is simply ridiculous. 

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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