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Pens Have Not Lost 3 Consecutive Games in a Calendar Year

The New York Rangers continue to prove everyone wrong and will have a chance to justify their might tonight when they head to Pittsburgh to face the team they are warding off in the Metropolitan race. The Penguins have now dropped two consecutive games after their two-week-long win streak but the good news for Sidney Crosby and the rest of the defending Stanley Cup champions is that they’ve lost more than two straight games just once since Mike Sullivan took over as bench boss last December.

SHARK BITES
  • The Penguins are 7-0 in their last 7 games after consecutive losses.
  • The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games against their division.
  • The Rangers are 2-8 on the moneyline and puckline in their last 10 games against the Penguins.

These two East Coast teams have already seen each other twice this season with the away team coming away with a lopsided result on both occasions. Pittsburgh dominated New York in the last chapter of this rivalry, outscoring the Rangers 6-1 and outshooting them 38-17.

With 222 combined goals, the Rangers and Penguins are the two highest-scoring teams in the league. Before the Pens ran into two hot goalies, they were scoring goals at a lofty rate. They were bound to cool down at some point but as the top producer of five-on-five shots, expect the Pens to be on the right end of many more bad beatings this season.

The loss of Kris Letang is horrible for Pittsburgh on both ends of the ice but even without their all-star defenseman, the Penguins are a much more talented team than the Blueshirts.   

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Pittsburgh Penguins in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -150 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Tuesday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.1-2.5 victory for the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penguins sit at 20-7-5 on the season; in comparison, the New York Rangers are currently 23-10-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 19-6-4 OU, and New York is 16-11-3 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.

The Rangers - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 7 in the current Odds Shark poll, while New York is at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.41 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.21 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 20.69% while the Rangers defense kills off 86.81% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York was a 5-0 winner in its last match at home against the Devils. They won as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 7-0 result against the Coyotes on December 12. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -330 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • NY Rangers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 7 games
  • NY Rangers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Minnesota, Friday, December 23rd
Pittsburgh at Columbus, Thursday, December 22nd

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