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Penguins Tough to Beat at Home

Matt Murray Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 5 of the first round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers shifts to the Steel City as Pittsburgh looks to put the Rangers down and move on to the second round of the playoffs. The Pens have been rolling at home lately, posting a 15-5 SU record in their last 20 games at the Consol Energy Center. New York got the better of the Pens in Game 2 in Pittsburgh, but Sidney Crosby and company haven’t lost two games in a row at home since mid-December.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 1-6 in their last seven games against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone over in the Penguins' last five games at home.
  • The Penguins are 11-1 in their last 12 games with one day off between games.

One thing Rangers backers have come to count on is the team’s bounce-back ability, as they’re now 18-5 in their last 23 games after a loss. Three straight losses is also a rarity lately for New York, as they’re 4-1 in their last five games after consecutive losses.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray is slowly becoming the story of this series after allowing just one goal off 48 shots in his two starts in net. The 21-year-old made his playoff debut in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden and has responded by chewing up the pressure of the playoffs and spitting it out.

It’s been a well-rounded effort for Pittsburgh so far throughout the series as nine different players have goals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Pittsburgh Penguins in this one found them earlier as -185 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.5-1.1 win for the Penguins on Saturday. 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 Penguins sit at 51-27-8 on the season; in comparison, the New York Rangers are currently 47-30-9. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 38-33-15 OU, and New York is 39-29-18 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 1 and the New York Rangers at No. 17 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.02 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.7 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 19.78% while the Rangers defense kills off 77.1% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 5 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • NY Rangers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing NY Rangers

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