Pittsburgh at New York NHL Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on April 18, 2016 in

On Tuesday night, the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Penguins and the Rangers heads to New York City, as the teams enter Game 3 tied 1-1. The Rangers tied the series in Game 2 as Henrik Lundqvist returned between the pipes, saving 29 shots and leading the Blueshirts to a 4-2 victory. Find out the latest NHL online betting spread here.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers NHL Betting Guide

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00pm Eastern time
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City
TV: USA
Radio: WEPN 98.7 FM ESPN New York
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?

Obviously, the Penguins are one of the fastest offenses in the league, and Evgeni Malkin returned to the Ice for them in Game 2. They are still missing Marc-Andre Fleury who is still recovering from his second concussion, but as soon as the starting goalie is cleared, the Pens will be a lot tougher to score on. He is still questionable for Game 3. Pittsburgh has to add to their physicality without sacrificing their speed — the Rangers outhit them 57-25 in Game 2 — in order to maintain enough space for their offense to fly around the ice. They have won at Madison Square Garden before this year, and they played in plenty of tough arenas while mounting their comeback during the season’s second half.

Why should you put your money on the Rangers?

Lundqvist got poked in the eye in Game 1 and had to head to the bench, which was a major factor in the Penguins’ victory. He met with a specialist on Thursday and was able to practice on Friday, and he showed no ill effects in the game on Saturday. The Rangers had the benefit of two days off between Games 1 and 2, and then again between Games 2 and 3, so they could give Lundqvist plenty of time to recover. The Rangers blasted 4 straight goals into the Pittsburgh net, answering Pittsburgh’s first goal with two goals in 18 seconds, and the Rangers’ confidence was back. I look for them to continue that momentum in Game 3.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Rangers to maintain their physical advantage and their superior puck possession from Game 2. I’m predicting a 3-2 New York win.