New York at Pittsburgh NHL Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on April 15, 2016 in

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at 3:00pm Eastern time on Saturday, on NBC. The Penguins broke out of their offensive shells during the third period in Game 1, running out to a 5-2 victory that showed how much quicker the Penguins could be than the Blueshirts. Now it’s up to the Rangers to change strategy if they want to head back to Gotham tied at 1. Find the updated NHL betting lines here.

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Odds Analysis

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 3:00pm ET
Where: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: NBC
Radio: WXDX 105.9 FM The X Pittsburgh
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?

The Penguins skated circles around the Rangers and made their backup netminder look like a traffic cone. Patric Hornqvist had the first playoff hat trick of his career, and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two helpers. Jeff Zatkoff had the start in net, with the first two goalies on the Penguin roster out with injury, and he stonewalled New York, garnering 35 saves on 37 shots on goal. Phil Kessel didn’t even play all that well, just tallying one assist. In the regular season against the Rangers, he had two goals and two helpers. Kris Letang extended his point streak to nine consecutive games in Game 1. If Zatkoff has to play again in Game 2, then the Penguins should have confidence in him.

Why should you put your money on the Rangers?

Through the first two periods in Game 1, the Rangers held the Penguins in check on defense, allowing only a pair of goals. The Rangers were down 2-0 entering the third, but then they scored an even-strength goal and a power play goal and would have had enough to tie, but they made so many errors with the puck that the Pens were able to tack on three more goals for a blowout win. Derek Stepan lit the lamp twice for New York. However, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard only had an assist each. The Rangers will need more than a pair of goals to beat the Penguins, who are probably too fast to shut out. The Rangers’ blueliners did an awful job, particularly in the third period, and Marc Staal did even more damage by poking goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the eye in the first period. Lundqvist had to give way to backup Antti Raanta, and the Penguins exposed him in the third period. Hopefully Lundqvist will be back for Game 2.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Henrik Lundqvist is projected to return for the Blueshirts in Game 2. I’m predicting that the Rangers defense will be more solid, which will set the stage for offensive production. I’m calling for a 4-2 Rangers win.