The Pittsburgh Penguins have already clinched a berth in the NHL playoffs and need the last weeks of the regular season to heal up. In the Pens’ last game against the Chicago Blackhawks, they had eight players out with injury, including Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. The Penguins look to end a four-game slump when they travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers on Friday.
– Shark BITES
- The total has gone OVER in the past 4 games between the Penguins and Rangers.
- The Penguins are 5-0 SU and against the puckline in their last 5 games at MSG.
- The Rangers are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games at home.
The Penguins have taken two of three meetings with the Rangers this season while scoring at least six goals in both wins. With the rash of injuries, it is obvious that Sidney Crosby needs to do his best to carry the Pens. Sid the Kid notched three goals and two assists in Pittsburgh’s two wins against the Rangers this season but was held scoreless while posting a -4 rating in the loss.
The Rangers are facing their own issues but it comes in the form of goaltending. Since returning from a hip injury, Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 10 goals while posting a miserable .852 save percentage. King Henrik started once against the Penguins this season but was pulled just after the midway mark after allowing four goals on 17 shots.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, New York sat as -125 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.
Odds – Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.5 win for the Rangers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Pittsburgh Penguins have seen them go 46-19-11 so far this season, while the Rangers are at 46-26-5. In totals betting, the New York Rangers are 38-33-6, while the Penguins are 44-27-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the New York Rangers rated this week at No. 20 and the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting at No. 21.
Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 4-ranked offense (3.18 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.84 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 19.73% rate while the Penguins have a 80.74% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-1 loser at home against the Blackhawks. Bettors on Chicago at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.
The Rangers were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got San Jose at -138 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.
- Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
- NY Rangers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- NY Rangers is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- NY Rangers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
- NY Rangers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh home to Carolina, Sunday, April 2nd
New York home to Philadelphia, Sunday, April 2nd