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Penguins get a visit from the Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers have produced a pair of OVER results in their two meetings so far this season as they hit the ice together once again on Friday night.

New York got past Pittsburgh 5-1 as a home underdog on the NHL betting lines in their first meeting of the season on November 6, and the Penguins responded with a 4-3 win as a road underdog on the NHL odds board when they last battled on December 18.

The Penguins bring a 29-12-1 record to the battle against the 20-19-2 Rangers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 17-21-4 so far and the Rangers go 16-17-8.

View New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Penguins as -178 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Penguins rated this week at No. 2 and the Rangers sitting at No. 8.

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In their last action, New York was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Panthers. Bettors on New York at -115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Devils on December 31. Bettors who backed the Devils at +115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 5-ranked offense (3.12 goals per game) against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.66 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 25.53% rate while the Rangers have a 85.04% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Rangers at Penguins trends to consider:
NY Rangers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
NY Rangers is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
NY Rangers is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Rangers's last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing NY Rangers

Next up:
New York at Toronto, Saturday, January 4th
Pittsburgh home to Atlanta, Sunday, January 5th