Penguins vs. Rangers Prediction
Are the Penguins a good underdog play for bettors tonight in New York, where they'll take on the Rangers at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rangers are now -130 money line favorites over the Penguins after opening at -125. As for Pittsburgh, the Pens opened with +110 odds and that's where their current line is as well. The total, meanwhile, sits at 5.5 goals.
PITTSBURGH KEY TRENDS: The Penguins have dropped four straight games and are 0-6 in their last six games when their opponent allows five goals or more in its previous game. The Pens are also 1-5 in their last six games when playing a team that owns a winning record but they've been great in conference play, winning 56 of their last 81 games versus teams from the East.
NEW YORK KEY TRENDS: The Rangers are 14-5 in their last 19 games after allowing five goals or more in their previous game and have won five of their last seven games playing on two days of rest. But they're just 1-5 in their last six games when their opponent scores two goals or less in its previous game and have lost five of their last six games when their opponent allows five goals or more in its previous game.
OUR PREDICTION: The Rangers have been struggling, dropping four of their last five overall and going 0-7 in their last seven home games. They're also 0-4 in their last four conference games and 0-4 in their last four home games versus an opponent with a losing road record. The Penguins are also 5-0 in their last five road games versus the Rangers and are 5-1 in their last six games overall versus New York. The road team in this series has also won in five of the last seven meetings.
FRIDAY NHL PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS +110