New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2) vs New York Rangers (1-2)

Game Info: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -175 / New York Rangers +145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New York Rangers could use a win here to rebound from a 1-2 start. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Pavel Buchnevich leads New York with two goals, Adam Fox has three assists and Mika Zibanejad has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up four goals on 41 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up four goals on 43 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a third straight win to build on their 2-2 record. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Jake Guentzel has three assists and Kris Letang has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 4.7 goals per game and are killing 69.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed nine goals on 33 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed eight goals on 62 shots.

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The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Penguins are 147-69 in their last 216 home games and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. The under is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 overall. The Rangers are 7-15 in the last 22 meetings.

The New York Rangers are off to a shaky start and their goaltending hasn't been great through these first three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their best hockey of this young season with an offense that's doing a lot of heavy lifting, but their defense has been rough to say the least and they could easily be winless on the season. The Penguins have some wrinkles to iron out early. This pick may come back to bite me, but I'll take a shot with the Rangers and the plus money here.

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +145

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