New York at Pittsburgh NHL Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on April 22, 2016 in

On Saturday afternoon, the New York Rangers head to Pittsburgh in a 3-1 hole in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Penguins. The Penguins won both games in New York, trouncing the Rangers by the score of 5-0 in Madison Square Garden in Game 4. Unless the Rangers have a major resurgence in terms of team energy, this series is over. Find out the latest NHL betting spread here.

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Odds Analysis

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 3:00pm Eastern time
Where: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Radio: 105.9 FM The X Pittsburgh
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Why should you bet on New York?

You should always think twice about betting against Henrik Lundqvist, but this Rangers squad is hanging him out to dry thus far. He got mercifully pulled at the first television timeout of the second period. The Lovejoy goal was on a distant slap shot that he should have seen, but the two power-play tallies were more the result of poor defense than anything he did wrong. It’s important to remember that Pittsburgh held a similar 3-1 lead over the Rangers in their 2014 playoff series, and the Rangers stormed all the way back. Could that happen again?

Why should you put your money on the Penguins?

The Penguins came out in Game 4 with all of the energy, while the Blueshirts looked like they had just rolled out of bed and weren’t particularly happy about it. An example of the difference in energy levels is the backchecking of Nick Bonino in the first period, as he lifted Jesper Fast’s stick right as Fast was about to fire on the Pens’ net in the first period. So what would have been a primo shot turned into absolutely nothing, which was a good metaphor for the night. The Rangers did send 14 shots to the net in the third period, but Matt Murray was more than equal to the task.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These Rangers simply look done, and the Penguins are skating circles all around them. I’m predicting an end to this series on Saturday, with a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory.