Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (18-15-5) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (24-13-2)
Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers -120 / Pittsburgh Penguins -100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to rebound from an 8-4 loss to the Rangers in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 44 points including a team-high 29 assists to go along with 15 goals. Jake Guentzel has 39 points with a team-high 17 goals with 22 assists this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.3 goals on 29.7 shots with a 21.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.7 shots with a 76.3% success rate on the PK this season.
The New York Rangers will be out to build on their win over Pittsburgh last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 40 points including a team-high 28 assists with 12 goals while Adam Fox has a team-high 31 assists with his 36-point tally and Chris Kreider leads the Rangers in goals with 17 goals this season. Pavel Buchnevich has 34 points with 15 goals and 19 assists and Ryan Strome has 12 goals and 24 assists this year. as a team, New York is averaging 3.3 goals on 29.5 shots with a 19.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 28.9 shots with an 84.6% success rate on the PK this season.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. New York is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The favorite is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for both sides here, as the Rangers have been rock solid at home all year long while the Penguins have been easier to trust over the course of the season. However, New York really handed it to the Penguins last time out and I don’t see the Penguins taking it lying down for back-to-back games. I think that Pittsburgh comes out to get revenge here, so give me the Penguins to get the job done in this one.