The Pittsburgh Penguins (49-28-11) are 3-6 SU in their last nine games against the New York Rangers (55-26-7) after losing back-to-back games in this best-of-seven series.
The Penguins are hoping to get Sidney Crosby back and to cash in as a Penguins vs Rangers prediction in this Sunday’s winner-take-all Game 7 in New York.
Penguins vs Rangers Odds & Analysis
The Rangers opened as -147 favorites before steady betting action on Pittsburgh as a popular Penguins vs Rangers prediction moved the line down to New York -120.
The Penguins are currently going off at +100 to win and the total in Game 7 is set at six goals. All six games in this series have gone OVER the posted total with an average of 8.3 goals scored per game.
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Pittsburgh Hoping For Key Returns From Injury In Game 7
The Penguins lost Game 6 at home by a final score of 5-3, the same score that they lost Game 5 with after Sidney Crosby was knocked out of the game early with a hit to the head.
Louis Domingue has recorded a 3.86 goals against average and a .888 save percentage in five starts in goal in place of starting goaltender Tristan Jarry, who has been out with a foot injury.
Jarry is expected to return to the lineup for Sunday’s Game 7. Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell are both listed as questionable to return to action with head injuries, though both did practice with the team on Saturday.
Bettors taking Pittsburgh as their Penguins vs Rangers prediction will be looking for these three key players to return and have an impact on Game 7.
New York Hoping To Keep Things Rolling On Offense
Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad both scored two goals apiece in Friday night’s 5-3 road win over the Penguins. New York leaned heavily on goaltender Igor Shesterkin during the regular season and ranked 16th in the NHL in scoring with 3.05 goals per game.
But it’s been the offense leading the way against Pittsburgh as New York is averaging four goals per game in this series.
Shesterkin had his best road start of the series in Game 6, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced to help the Rangers force a Game 7 back in New York.
The 26-year-old netminder has been rock-solid at home in this series with a 2.39 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in his three postseason home games against the Penguins.
Penguins vs Rangers Pick & Insights
Penguins: Keys to Win
Getting Sidney Crosby back on offense and Tristan Jarry back in goal would be a huge boost for Pittsburgh’s chances as a Penguins vs Rangers prediction, assuming both are healthy enough to be effective.
With or without those two in the lineup, Pittsburgh needs to be better in the defensive zone to win Game 7.
Rangers: Keys to Win
New York looked out of sorts in Game 3 and Game 4 in Pittsburgh, but those demons are in the past after a strong performance in Game 6.
The Rangers have played great in both zones at home and just need to do so again this Sunday night to give themselves a great shot at being the winning Penguins vs Rangers pick.
NHL Computer Pick Penguins vs Rangers: Penguins +100
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