Rangers face the Penguins in Pittsburgh
The OVER has paid out for totals bettors in four of the last five games between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins as those division rivals meet on the ice on Friday.
Pittsburgh and New York last met on January 3, with the Penguins winning 5-2 as a -155 home favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. The Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Rangers, with the O/U 7-3.
The Penguins sport a record of 40-15-2 heading into this matchup, while the Rangers sit at 31-24-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 26-26-5 for the Penguins and 22-27-9 for the Rangers.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Penguins as -173 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
The Penguins - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 11 in the current Odds Shark poll, while New York is at No. 1.
New York lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Oilers on February 6. Bettors who backed the Oilers at +180 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
The Penguins were a 5-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -185 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.21 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.47 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 24.86% while the Rangers defense kills off 83.53% of their penalties.
A few Rangers at Penguins trends to consider:
NY Rangers is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games
NY Rangers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
NY Rangers is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games at home
New York home to Chicago, Thursday, February 27th
Pittsburgh home to Montreal, Thursday, February 27th