Penguins face off against Rangers
Metropolitan Division rivals will meet on the ice at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night as the New York Rangers play host to Sidney Crosby and the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh fell 5-1 in New York when the teams last met on November 6, with the Rangers the +120 moneyline underdogs on the NHL odds in that contest. Pittsburgh, though, has picked up eight victories over its last 10 games against New York.
New York battles the Penguins, currently with a 24-10-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 13-14-7 for the Rangers and 12-19-4 for the Penguins.
The Rangers were listed earlier today as 114 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.
This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 10 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Penguins, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Maple Leafs on December 16. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
The Rangers were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Flames. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -185 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 29-ranked offense (2.24 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.14 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 17.86% rate while the Penguins have a 87.38% rate on the penalty kill.
Pittsburgh home to Minnesota, Thursday, December 19th
New York home to New York, Friday, December 20th