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Penguins Ruling Rangers So Far in 2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the hottest team in hockey right now with just two losses in their past 17 games. The Pens turned on their game for the New Year and that includes dominating the New York Rangers with wins in four of the five meeting between the clubs since January 1. Pittsburgh and New York will take to the ice Saturday afternoon for Game 2 of their opening round playoff series.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 6-1 in the Penguins last seven games at home.
  • The Rangers are a pedestrian 11-8 when Antti Raanta starts this season.
  • Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist had three goals and one assists in Game 1.

Rangers’ fans wait with baited breath to hear the status of Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist suffered an eye injury in the first period of Game 1 and missed the remainder of contest and has been officially declared a game-time decision for Saturday. The dropoff between Lundqvist and backup Antti Raanta is pretty severe, as the Finnish netminder allowed three goals on 19 shots to finish Game 1.

The Penguins also feature a large contingency of players that are injured, but could make their return any day now.  Both Marc-Andre Fluery and Evgeni Malkin skated Friday and could be due back on the ice soon, but the Pens may also opt to not risk any potential damage when they are up in a series.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

NHL Hockey odds makers at Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -162 moneyline favorites in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

A 4-1.6 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins bring a 49-26-8 record to the battle against the 46-28-9 Rangers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 37-32-14 so far and the Rangers go 38-28-17. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 17-rated New York Rangers taking on the No. 1-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 3-ranked offense (3.01 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.67 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 18.56% rate while the Rangers have a 78.23% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, New York was a 5-2 loser on the road against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -144 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 6 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • NY Rangers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 19th