Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Prediction NHL Picks 4/1/24

New York Rangers (50-20-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (32-30-11)

Game Info: Monday, April 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -190 / Pittsburgh Penguins +160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers betting prediction for this NHL game on Monday, April 1st at Madison Square Garden in New York. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Penguins recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rangers recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving New York
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Pittsburgh and New York
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Pittsburgh and New York

Penguins Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 32-30-11 this year after they lost to Columbus in a shootout by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Pittsburgh led 3-1 in the third period, but they allowed Columbus to tie the game and win in the shootout. The Penguins were out shot by a total of 38-33 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Pittsburgh defeated Columbus by a score of 3-2 and Carolina by a score of 4-1 in the two games prior to that loss. The Penguins are scoring 2.92 goals per game and they are allowing 2.97 goals against per game, while going 14.8% on the power play and 81.5% on the penalty kill. Sidney Crosby has led Pittsburgh with 35 goals, 44 assists, and 254 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 19-24-5 this year with a 2.90 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. 

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 50-20-4 this season after they defeated Arizona by a score of 8-5 in their last game. New York allowed Arizona to tie the game at three in the second period, but they scored five goals in the third period for the win. The Rangers recorded 32 shots on goal and went 2-3 on the penalty kill in the game. New York has also defeated Colorado, Philadelphia, Florida, and Boston during this winning streak. The Rangers are scoring 3.43 goals per game and they are allowing 2.74 goals against per game, while going 26% on the power play and 83.3% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led New York with 44 goals, 63 assists, and 263 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Igor Shesterkin, who is 32-15-2 this year with a 2.63 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. 

New York Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won each of their last eight games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The road team has covered the puck line in each of the Rangers' last six games.
  • The Rangers have won the second period in six of their last seven games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last nine games as home favorites against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The Penguins have won five of their last six games as underdogs following a shootout loss.
  • The Penguins have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight night games at Madison Square Garden against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Penguins have won the second period in each of their last four games as underdogs following a shootout loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Penguins' last nine games.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Chris Kreider has scored at least one goal in each of the Rangers' last five games as favorites against the Penguins.
  • Vincent Trocheck has recorded at least one assist in each of the Rangers' last six night games.
  • Vincent Trocheck has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers' last nine night games at Madison Square Garden.
  • Alexander Wennberg has recorded two assists against the Penguins this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Rust has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances with the Penguins as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one assist in eight of the Penguins' last nine games.
  • Bryan Rust has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Kris Letang ranks 3rd in the Metropolitan Division for average time on ice (24:43) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New York Rangers are one of four teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.
  • The New York Rangers rank 7th in the league for goals per game this season (3.43).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of only two teams to win 12+ games when tied or trailing after Period 2 this season.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 30th in the league in penalty minutes this season (541).

Penguins vs Rangers Betting Prediction

New York comes into this matchup with a three point lead over Carolina for first in the Metro standings, while Pittsburgh is second to last in the division. The Rangers are 26-9-0 at home, while Pittsburgh is 12-17-7 on the road. New York has won five games in a row and 10 of their last 12, and they are looking like one of the best teams in the NHL. The Penguins have really struggled since the trade deadline and I think they are going to struggle to keep this game close. Take the Rangers -1.5 in this matchup. 

David’s Pick Rangers -1.5

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