Penguins vs. Rangers Game 1 Prediction

Penguins vs. Rangers Game 1, 5/2/22 NHL Playoffs Betting Predictions

The puck for Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals matchup between the Penguins and Rangers will drop at 7:00 p.m. ET. With New York listed as slight moneyline favorites and the total sitting at 5.5 goals, what’s the best value in this series opener?

Game Snapshot

043 Pittsburgh Penguins (+111) at 044 New York Rangers (-125); o/u 5.5

7:00 p.m. ET, Monday, May 2, 2022

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

TV: ESPN

Pittsburgh Penguins DFS Snapshot

Casey DeSmith will start in Game 1 against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. DeSmith will make his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because Tristan Jarry will be sidelined for at least the first two games of the series. He played well down the stretch when Jarry was unavailable and he is excited to get a chance to play in the postseason.

New York Rangers DFS Snapshot

Igor Shesterkin, who is expected to start against Pittsburgh in Game 1 on Tuesday night, has turned the page on the regular season in preparation for the playoffs. "It’s a new page for me. Regular season is over for me," said Shesterkin when he was asked about carrying over his regular-season success. "I already forgot about that." The Rangers netminder was excellent in 2021-22 with a 36-13-4 record, a 2.07 goal-against average and .935 save percentage in 53 appearances.

NHL Playoffs Betting Prediction

The Rangers outscored the Penguins by an 8-1 margin in the two games between these two teams at Madison Square Garden and won both games by at least three goals. New York was so dominant against Pittsburgh that the Penguins were held to one or zero goals in three of the four meetings between these two teams.

2022 NHL PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: NEW YORK RANGERS -125

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