New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (47-26-11) vs New York Rangers (53-24-7)

Game Info: Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins +111 / New York Rangers -123 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Rangers travel to take on Pittsburgh as they evened the series at 1-1 with a 5-2 win over the Penguins. On the season, they have found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.49 goals per game. So far, the Rangers have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 9th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to take back the lead in this Eastern Conference series, as they dropped game 2 to New York. Through 82 games, the Penguins have scored 272 goals, giving them an average of 3.28. This output gives them a rank of 11th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 5th ranked unit, giving up 2.71 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In his team's 82 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. 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.

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 Rangers have an over-under record of 32-48-2. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-25-1. 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. Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 40-41-1. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 23-18. 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. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, I recommend taking the over as the first two games of the series feature a lot of scoring. Look for this to take place again in game 3.

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