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Rangers having difficult start to season

It’s hard to bet on the New York Rangers and feel good about it these days. The Blueshirts just aren’t the perennial contenders they used to be and make it hard for bettors to trust them. They’re sporting an awful 1-5-0 record this season and now have the two-time Stanley Cup champions coming to the Garden for a Tuesday tilt.

SHARK BITES
  • Sidney Crosby has yet to score on the road this season.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is ranked 21st in the NHL with a 2.82 GAA.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games against the Rangers.

Bettors trying to snatch up great value in this game may want to look at the Pittsburgh puckline. It’s hovering at +250 and the Pens are used to covering the puckline in MSG where they’ve gone 5-0 ATS in their last five.

Trying to hit an UNDER bet on this game might not be worth the hassle. The Rangers have been too lackadaisical in their own end and defensive breakdowns are rampant. Hence, the Rangers have allowed three goals in three straight games. If the Pens come out firing (which I fully expect they will), look for them to light it up as they’re averaging just under four goals a game on the road. I’d seriously encourage you to take the OVER in this game, and have a glass of scotch to commend your awesomeness.

Father Time beats us all and the King doesn’t stay the King when it comes to the NHL. You can see when some goalies just don’t have it anymore and Henrik Lundqvist is very close to the end of his Hall of Fame career. Perhaps this is the biggest reason for the Rangers’ early struggles.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Rangers were listed earlier today as -112 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

A 3.5-2.6 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers sport a record of 1-5-0 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Penguins sit at 3-2-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-4 for the Rangers and 4-2 for the Penguins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at OddsShark show the No. 12-rated Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the No. 10-rated New York Rangers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 2.17 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 30 at 4.17 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 21.74% while the Penguins defense kills off 86.21% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner in its last match at home against the Panthers. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

The Rangers were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at +143 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing NY Rangers
  • NY Rangers is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • NY Rangers is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers' last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Florida, Friday, October 20
New York home to New York, Thursday, October 19

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