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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins (21-12-6) at New York Rangers (17-14-7) 

NHL: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ET (Madison Square Garden)

Line and Odds: Penguins -1.5  Over/Under 6

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A big match-up at Madison Square Garden in New York City as the Pittsburgh Penguins face off with fellow Metropolitan Divison team the New York Rangers. Who will win in this rivalry renewed in NYC?

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have won five straight road games, as they enter this road match-up in New York. Pittsburgh is also on a six-game winning streak as they enter this one.  Their last loss came against Anaheim back on December 17th. The Penguins have a win over the Washington Capitals during their streak. Sidney Crosby leads the team in all three offensive categories with 48 points on 18 goals and 30 assists. Goalies Casey DeSmith (12-6-5) and Matt Murray (9-5-1) man the net for Pittsburgh this season. Each goalie has two shutouts this season as well. The Penguins are scoring at a high rate with a 3.38 goal average per game. The Penguins are third in the Divison with 48 points.

New York Rangers

The Rangers enter this one on a two-game winning streak. They are also only 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Rangers return home after two straight road victories over St. Louis and Nashville. New York has lost their last two games at MSG. Mika Zibanejad leads the team in points with 34 points and also in assists with 23. He has added 11 goals on the season as well. The Goal leader for New York is Chris Kreider who has scored 20 goals on the season. Henrik Lundqvist (12-9-7) and Alexandar Georgiev (5-5-0) man the net for the Rangers this season. Defender Kevin Shattenkirk is out for the Rangers as he is on Injured Reserve. New York is averaging 2.79 goals per contest on the season. The Rangers are fifth in the Metropolitan with 41 points on the season.

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Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games.

Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games.

Pittsburgh is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games when playing NY Rangers.


NY Rangers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Rangers’ last 12 games.

NY Rangers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home.

NY Rangers is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.

ESPN NHL Scores Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

The Penguins have had a lot of success against the Rangers especially when they square off at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins are 7-2 against the Rangers in the last 9 games played at MSG. The Rangers come into this one at 1-5 at home in their last six home contests. Over has great value in this one once again as the final goal total has been over in nine of the last 10 meetings. This one will have another over, and there is no way the Penguins don’t come out on top once again. They are playing great hockey at the right time.

Pick: Penguins -1.5

Kaleb Kraus
Kaleb Kraus
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