The Pittsburgh Penguins have won each of their last five games against the New York Rangers as those Atlantic Division clubs hit the ice together on Thursday night in NHL betting action.
Pittsburgh topped New York 6-3 in the first meeting of the season between the teams on January 20, producing an OVER result for totals bettors. James Neal had a pair of goals for the Pens in that win. Brad Richards picked up two assists for the Rangers.
New York battles the Penguins, currently with a 3-3 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 3-3 for the Rangers and 3-3 for the Penguins.
Hockey odds makers opened the Rangers as -121 moneyline favorites in this matchup at . Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5.
This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Penguins, who rate a No. 11 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 18 at 3 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 12.5% while the Penguins defense kills off 78.3% of their penalties.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Islanders at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +180 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
The Rangers were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing NY Islanders are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
New York Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 4-6
A few Penguins at Rangers trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the NY Rangers last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Rangers last 9 games
Pittsburgh home to New Jersey, Saturday, February 2
NY Rangers at Tampa Bay, Saturday, February 2