Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 5/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 5/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (55-26-7) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (49-28-11)

Game Info: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -147 / Pittsburgh Penguins +133 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins have another shot at advancing to the second round, as they previously fell to New York by the score of 5-3. The Penguins have now lost two straight games. On the season, they have found the net 272 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 2.71 goals per game. During the regular season, 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 will look to complete their first-round comeback, as they were trailing this series 3-1, before rattling off two straight win. Through 82 games, the Rangers have scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.05. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.49 goals per contest. During the regular season, New York played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York Rangers' 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 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 leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York Rangers' 82 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 Rangers' 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.

The over-under betting line for game 7 comes in at 6 goals. In this series, every game has surpassed this mark, and there is no reason to expect that to change. I recommend taking the over.

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