Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (40-19-5) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (39-16-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -108 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday NHL Action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 39-16-10. Through 65 games, the Penguins are 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 213 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.55 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Rangers get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 40-19-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 64 games, the Rangers have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 2.95. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.58 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 14th 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 11th in the NHL.

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Through 65 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 64. On the season, he is turning 15.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 65 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.26 goals per game. In his 50 games played, he has turned in 31 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 64 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 57 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.3%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 42 goals, 52.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +6.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.14 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 31-33-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-19-1. On the season, 55.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Coming into this game, the Rangers have an over-under record of 24-39-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 11-18. On the season, 42.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. With a line set at 6 goals, I see this matchup falling below that line. I recommend taking the under.

 

 

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