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Pens Hot at Home, NYR Rotten on Road

The Pittsburgh Penguins are suddenly one of the hottest teams in hockey as they continue to make a surge in the Eastern Conference standings. Tonight they’ll aim for seven straight home ice wins when they welcome the New York Rangers to the Consol Energy Center. Despite being in third in the conference, the Rangers have been abysmal on the road. Their 10 road wins ranks dead last in the conference.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Pittsburgh's last eight games.
  • The Rangers are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against the Penguins.
  • Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (lower body injury) is inactive for the remainder of the week.

The Rangers enter the road tilt as underdogs — a situation they’ve thrived in vs the Pens, going 4-1 in their last five games as dogs against them. Totals bettors will also be interested to know that the Rangers have gone OVER the total in seven straight games as underdogs.

The Penguins have been scoring in bunches since the start of the month, averaging 4.5 goals in their four February games. The Rangers have put together three straight wins, mainly thanks to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, whose goals against average sits at 1.98 in February.   

Sidney Crosby was all but written off earlier in the season, but a seven game goal streak and 22 points in his last 11 games has silenced his critics.

These teams last met in the playoffs last season where the Rangers won the series in five games. Each of their four wins came by a score of 2-1.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3.8-1.7. 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 New York Rangers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 30-18-5 this season, while the Penguins are 27-18-7. New York is 23-21-9 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 20-22-10. 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. 2 and the New York Rangers at No. 18 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 15-ranked offense (2.67 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.58 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 20.23% rate while the Rangers have a 78.12% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rangers were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Ducks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -111 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home

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