NY Rangers vs Pittsburgh NHL Guide

NY Rangers vs Pittsburgh NHL Betting Guide

Written by on March 2, 2016

The New York Rangers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in NHL action. The Rangers (37-20-6, 80 points) are in second place in the Metropolitan Division after their 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. The Penguins (32-22-8, 72 points) are in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division after losing, 3-2, in Washington to the conference-leading Capitals. Get the updated NHL online betting lines for this game.

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Guide

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:00 PM ETWhere: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PATV: MSG, ROOTRadio: 105.9 FM The XLive Stream: NHL StreamNHL Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on the Penguins?

The Pittsburgh offense is heating up in the second half of the season. Even though they are only about in the middle of the league in terms of scoring (2.7 goals per game, 13th in the NHL), they have been scoring more of late. They blanked the Coyotes 6-0 before their tough loss in Washington, a game in which they were up two goals before surrendering that lead. On the penalty kill, they are one of the best units in the league (83.5 percent, 7th), so a Rangers power play won’t be as deadly in Pittsburgh as it will in some other rinks. Their arena is a raucous place that gives them a significant advantage as well.

Why should you put your money on New York?

The Blueshirts are making a case for inclusion as an elite contender when the Stanley Cup playoffs open. Before their win over Columbus, they knocked off the Dallas Stars over the weekend down in Texas, a gritty 3-2 win that showed both offensive flair and the ability to make stops late. As long as the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist in goal, they will always be a tough team to beat — while he doesn’t lead the league in GAA, he seems to be in the right place at the right time when the chips are down. The additions to their offense this season have made them a real power in the East.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Pittsburgh to continue their recent string of high-scoring games. The Rangers’ defense is only about the middle of the pack in the NHL, and I can see the Pens exploiting that by the score of 3-2.