Rangers vs. Penguins Game 2 Pick
The Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to take a 2-0 series lead in their conference quarterfinals matchup with the New York Rangers today at 3:00PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Penguins are -180 money line favorites versus the Rangers, who have odds of +160 to pull off the upset today in Pittsburgh. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5.5 goals.
The big news for Pittsburgh is the health status of Evgeni Malkin, who will be a game-time decision for today's game according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Malkin fully participated in practice on Friday and wants to play saying, "It's a good time [to come] back." He has 58 points in 57 games and even with the Pens' playing incredibly well right now, his return would offer a huge boost.
Henrik Lundqvist will also be a game-time decision for today's game according to the New York Daily News. He suffered an eye injury in Game 1 and the Rangers' medical staff wants to see how he'll react today after practice on Friday. If he passes the tests, he'll certainly be between the pipes again for New York.
OUR PICK: The Rangers are now 0-4 in their last four games versus the Penguins and 1-6 in their last seven games versus Metropolitan opponents. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 20-6 in its last 26 games overall, 12-2 in its last 14 games following a win, and 10-1 in its last 11 games versus a team with a winning record. With how hot the Pens' offense is right now, they're worth a flier on the puckline again today.
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