Penguins vs Rangers Prediction - NHL Picks 3/18/23

New York Rangers (39-19-10) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (34-24-10)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -156 / Pittsburgh Penguins +126 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers meet Saturday in NHL action at Madison Saure Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 30 goals, Sidney Crosby has 54 assists, and Rickard Rakell has 207 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 103 goals on 1,139 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has given up 93 goals on 1,011 shots.

The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 35 goals, Artmei Panarin has 55 assists, and Chris Kreider has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 129 goals on 1,438 shots faced, and Jaroslav Halak has given up 54 goals on 547 shots.

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The Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 road games. The over is 6-2 in Rangers last 8 home games. The Penguins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New York. The favorite is 35-16 in the last 51 meetings. The home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.

The New York Rangers just beat the Penguins a couple of days ago, and the home team continues to dominate this series. The home team has now won 8 of the last 9 meetings between the Penguins and Rangers. The New York Rangers are simply the more trustworthy team in this spot on their home ice, and the price isn't anything crazy. Give me the Rangers in this spot.

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers -156

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