New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-14-8) vs New York Rangers (33-13-5)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 3:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -130 / New York Rangers +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins Host The New York Rangers In Saturday NHL Action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this contest with an overall record of 31-14-8. Through 53 games, the Penguins are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 174 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 11th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.66 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Rangers Rangers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 33-13-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 51 games, the Rangers have scored 155 goals, giving them an average of 2.96. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.47 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 21st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 33 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 51 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 41 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 34 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 1.98 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In terms of betting, the Penguins are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 25-27. On the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.53. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.88 goals. As the Pittsburgh Penguins get set to take on the Rangers, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 14 goals, accounting for 41.0% of the scoring in these contests. On the other side, New York is 4-1 over their last 5 games, in large part to an offense that has surpassed their season average 3 times over their last 5 games. Look for the Penguins to pick up the win and cover the puck line.

 

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Joe’s Pick Penguins -130

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