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Can Rangers pull off upset vs pesky Penguins?

The New York Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in a Metropolitan Division showdown. The Penguins have been a great home bet this season at 9-3 SU and will look to keep the good vibes rolling vs a Rangers squad that is 4-1 SU in its last five games. The Pens opened as a large favorite to get the W at PPG Paints Arena.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Rangers’ last seven games against the Penguins.
  • Pittsburgh is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home.
  • New York is 4-2 ATS in its last six games on the road.

This matchup is shaping up to be the game of the night in the NHL. The Penguins are looking for their fifth win in a row and beat the Rangers 5-4 at MSG in mid-October. Sidney Crosby and company are starting to heat up and it could be a bad sign for the other 30 teams in the NHL. The only stat that is troubling for the Penguins is they give up a lot of goals at 3.46 per game, which is ranked 30th in the league.

The Rangers continue to try to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race after a horrific start. But that seems to be old news for New York. The Rangers are 11-3 SU in the last 14 games and playing their best hockey of the season. The hard part to swallow for New York backers is the they did most of that winning at Madison Square Garden and they've yet to find a groove on the road where the team is 3-5 SU this season. It’s also difficult to support any wager for the Rangers considering they’re 3-11 SU in their last 14 games versus the Penguins.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins were listed earlier today as -146 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 6.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.7 win for the Rangers on Tuesday. 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

Supporters of the New York Rangers have seen them go 14-10-2 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 15-10-3. In totals betting, the Penguins are 15-12-1, while the Rangers are 16-9-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 6 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 11 (New York Rangers) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 21-ranked offense (2.85 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 18 at 3.08 goals per game allowed. The Penguins power play has clicked at a 26.26% rate while the Rangers have a 80.49% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Hurricanes on December 1. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

The Penguins were a 5-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -222 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for PUSH bettors.

Betting Trends
  • The NY Rangers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games
  • The NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the Rangers' last 20 games
  • The NY Rangers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Washington, Friday, December 8

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