The New York Rangers have been almost unbeatable at Madison Square Garden all season long but their performance on the road has not been quite as formidable. They have started to come around in their travels and have a chance to improve on a very promising road record in February with a trip to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- The Rangers are 7-1 SU in their last eight games versus the Eastern Conference.
- OVER has gone 1-4 in the Rangers’ last five games against the Metropolitan Division.
- The Penguins are 12-28 SU in their last 40 games against the Metropolitan Division.
Online sportsbook Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -140 in moneyline markets while the Rangers are currently +110. The total is tabbed at 5 with OVER at -130 and UNDER at Even odds.
The Rangers head into Thursday’s contest with a 14-14-3 record on the road this season but used a 5-2 SU mark in seven February road games to dramatically improve their record. One of the opponents that they defeated on the road were, coincidentally, the Penguins. The Blueshirts skated to a 3-0 victory while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots en route the shutout.
The Penguins had a two-game losing skid snapped by the Washington Capitals in a 3-2 defeat in their last game on Tuesday. They are well back of the Capitals at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings and are eight points behind the second-placed Rangers entering Thursday’s action.
The Rangers have won three-straight games overall and capped an exceptional February with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers, and their backers, will no doubt be hoping that their success continues into March.