New York Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/29/22)

On Sunday, the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in overtime; K’Andre Miller scored 2:02 into the extra session to give the Rangers the win.  Frank Vatrano scored two goals; Andrew Copp added two assists while Alexander Georgiev made 13 saves in the victory.  The Rangers are 42-19-5 with 89 points, third in the Metropolitan Division.  At home on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins exploded for 11 goals as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 11-2. Evgeni Malkin had three goals and assist in the win after returning from an illness; the center has 13 career hat tricks.  Teddy Blueger had four points (one goal and three assists) while Tristan Jarry made 33 saves in the win.  Per, it was the Penguins first time scoring 11 goals since November 16, 1993.  Pittsburgh is 40-17-10 with 90 points, second in the Metropolitan Division.

New York Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds

New York is 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog.  The Rangers are 5-0 in their last five contests after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.  New York is 4-0 in their last four games vs. a team with a winning record.  The Rangers are 0-5 in their last five meetings in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.  New York is +1800 to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup.  Under is 6-1-2 in the Penguins last nine games following a win.  Over is 4-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last six meetings vs. an Eastern Conference opponent.  Under is 4-1-1 in the Penguins last six games after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.  The home team is 6-1 in the last seven contests between Pittsburgh and New York.  The Penguins are +1600 to hoist the Stanley Cup this season. 

New York Rangers Odds

Artemi Panarin leads New York in points this season with 75 (17 goals and 58 assists).  Playing his third season with the Rangers, he has 228 points in 172 games in a New York uniform.  He has 31 points on the power play (five goals and 26 assists) and ranks second on the club with five game winning goals.  Chris Kreider is second in the NHL in goals with 44, he trails Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Toronto’s Auston Matthews who are tied for the league lead in goals with 48.  Kreider has 62 points in 66 games this campaign.  He has 408 career points in his NHL career (221 goals and 187 assists).  New York’s number 20 leads the NHL in power play goals with 22.  Mika Zibanejad leads the team in plus/minus at +23 and second on the team in scoring with 68 points (26 goals and 42 assists).  The center in his 11th season, has seven points in his last five games (two goals and five assists).  He has 13 power play goals (tied for fifth in the NHL) and 24 points overall on the power play.  Ryan Strome has 45 points in 62 games (15 goals and 30 assists).  He’s scored four game winning goals and has 12 points on the power play in 2021-22.  Strome is questionable for the game against the Penguins due to a lower body injury.  Barclay Goodrow in his first season as a Ranger has 25 points on the campaign.  The two-time Stanley Cup winner is a +12 while averaging 17:00 of ice time.  Alexis Lafreniere, the first pick in the 2020 draft has 15 goals this campaign.  Additionally, he has scored four game winning goals and averaging 13:58 of ice time per game.

Adam Fox is tied for third in points among defensemen in the NHL this season with 64; he’s second overall in assists by defensemen this season with 54.  The 23-year-old is a +9 and ranks third on the team in blocked shots with 115.  He’s averaging a team leading 24:05 of ice time per game.  Fox is +2500 to win his second consecutive Norris Trophy.  Jacob Trouba leads the team in blocked shots with 147 and second on the club in hits with 180.  He’s second in plus/minus on the club at +20 and averaging 22:29 of ice time per game for New York.  Trouba has 33 points on the season (10 goals and 23 assists).  Ryan Lindgren has played in 63 games and is second on the team in blocked shots with 123.  He’s a +15, while averaging 20:13 of ice time per game.  On the offensive end, the fourth-year defenseman has chipped in 12 points.  K’Andre Miller has delivered 107 hits and blocked 77 shots in 2021-22.  The second-year defenseman has 15 points while averaging 20:23 of ice time per game.

Igor Shesterkin has been one of the most impactful players in 2021-22. He’s 31-9-3 with a .936 save percentage (first in the league) and a 2.11 GAA (third in the NHL).  New York’s number 31 also has three shutouts this season.  Shesterkin is currently the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy at -400.  Alexander Georgiev has started 22 contest this year for New York.  He’s 10-9-2 with a .894 save percentage and a 3.08 GAA.

Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby leads team in scoring with 69 points in 55 games (24 goals and 45 assists). In Sunday’s win over Detroit, he had a goal and two assists.  In his last five games, Crosby has 10 points (four goals and six assists).  The two-time Hart Trophy winner is a +12 and averaging 19:48 of ice-time per game.  The three-time Stanley Cup winner has 510 career goals.  Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in goals with 31 and is second in points with 65.  He has 19 points on the power play in 2021-22.  He’s a +8 and averaging 19:50 of ice time per game.  Bryan Rust has 55 points in 2021-22 (22 goals and 33 assists).  In the blowout win over the Red Wings on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists.  He’s a +12 and averaging 18:48 of ice time per game for Pittsburgh.  Evan Rodrigues has 40 points in 67 games this campaign (17 goals and 23 assists).  He’s a +4 and leads the team in power play goals with nine.  Evgeni Malkin who’s missed a majority of the season due to off-season knee surgery, has played in 30 games.  The 2011-12 Hart Trophy winner has 32 points (16 goals and 16 assists) in his limited time on the ice this year.

Kris Letang is the team’s third leading scorer with 56 points (seven goals and 49 assists).  The two-time Stanley Cup winner is second on the team in plus/minus at +20 while logging the most ice time per game by a Pittsburgh defenseman at 25:38. He has 106 blocked shots and has been physical delivering 139 hits (second on the team behind forward Zach Aston-Reese’s 187).  In his 16th season, Letang is listed at +10000 to win the Norris Trophy.  Mike Matheson has scored nine goals on the year with five of those being game winners.  He’s a +8 and averaging 18:36 of ice time per game.  Brian Dumoulin has 16 points this year and leads the club in plus/minus at +23.  Dumoulin has blocked a team high 117 shots this campaign and averaging 21:59 of ice time per game.

Tristan Jarry has started 50 games between the pipes for the Penguins this season.  He’s 33-13-6 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA.  He also has four shutouts this season: tied for fourth in the NHL.  Jarry is currently +10000 to win the Vezina Trophy.  Backup Casey DeSmtih is 6-4-4 in 2021-22 with a 2.96 GAA and .905 save percentage.

New York Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Picks & Prediction

New York is scoring three goals per game, 18th in the league and taking 28.8 shots per game, 30th overall.  The visiting New Yorkers have four players in their lineup that have scored over 60 points in 2021-22.  The Blueshirts have won six of their last eight games.  Defensively the Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game, ranked third overall and 31.8 shots per game, 18th in the league.  Pittsburgh is scoring 3.3 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the NHL and attempting 34.6 shots per game, seventh overall.  In their lineup, the home team Penguins have nine players that have scored at least 11 goals this season.  On the defensive side, the Penguins are allowing 2.6 goals per game which is fourth in the NHL and yielding 30.5 shots a game, ninth overall.  I’m going with the Penguins in this contest to win by at least 1.5 goals, who are 4-1-1 in their last six games.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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