New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Game Preview 4/6/19

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In their fourth and last head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins conclude the seasons at PPG Paints Arena for a divisional tilt. AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh will broadcast the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6.

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Playing the role of heavy favorites will be the Penguins (-265), while the Rangers are offering moneyline odds of +225 and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Pittsburgh is 44-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (47-35). Through 81 regular season outings, 41 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just six have pushed. The team is 23-17 SU at home this year.

The Penguins have been able to convert on 25.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 29.4 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Matt Murray (29-20-5) has been the top option in goal for the Pens this season. If head coach Mike Sullivan decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Casey DeSmith (15-21-21 record, .916 save percentage, 2.75 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, New York is 31-50 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 39 of its contests have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under the total and just four have pushed. As a road team, the Rangers are 13-27 SU.

The Rangers have converted on 19.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully defended 77.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Henrik Lundqvist (.907 save percentage and 3.07 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New York. Lundqvist is averaging 29.6 saves per game and owns an 18-34-10 record.

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of the Penguins’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The total has gone under in four of Pittsburgh’s last five games.
  • New York has managed 27.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Pittsburgh has been attempting 40.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over New York’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. New York skaters have given out the league’s fifth-most hits per game (25.8) and the Penguins have handed the second-most (28.9).