Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 5/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (52-24-7) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (47-25-11)
Game Info: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers -130 / Pittsburgh Penguins +106 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Thursday NHL Playoff Action
The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a thrilling overtime win in game 1 of their series vs New York. On the season, they have found the net 267 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.74 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 10th-ranked team in the NHL.
The New York Rangers Rangers get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to even their first-round series, after falling in overtime. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 81 games, the Rangers have scored 251 goals, giving them an average of 3.09. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.52 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 24th 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.
Through 76 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel with 84 points. He has reached his mark of 40 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.2%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 53 assists to go along with his 31 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.42 goals per game. In his 58 games played, he has turned in 35 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 81 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 40-41-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 17-23-1. On the season 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Coming into this game, the Rangers have an over-under record of 32-48-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 17-23-1. On the season, 44.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. With an over-under line set at just 5.5 goals, look for this matchup to surpass that number, as Pittsburgh appears up to the challenge of facing a strong Rangers defense.
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