Pittsburgh at New York NHL Betting Spread

Pittsburgh at New York NHL Betting Spread

Written by on April 20, 2016

On Thursday evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins return to Madison Square Garden with a chance to take on the New York Rangers, leading the series 2-1 after a 3-1 victory in Game 3. The Penguins rode rookie goalie Matt Murray, back from an injury, in Game 3, and he outdueled one of the best playoff goalies in the NHL in Henrik Lundqvist. Find out more about the updated NHL online betting spread here.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers NHL Betting Spread

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:00pm Eastern timeWhere: Madison Square Garden, New York CityTV: CNBCRadio: WEPN 98.7 FM ESPN New York CityLive Stream: NHL-Stream.comNHL Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?

One of the biggest questions around the Penguins has been the goalie. Their starter, Marc-Andre Fleury, is still recovering from his second concussion of the season. Before that concussion, he had won 16 of 19 starts. Murray came in and won six in a row before going down with a head injury in the last game of the regular season. Jeff Zatkoff filled in decently in gaining a split in the first two games in the series, and now Murray is back in his fine form. The Penguins have won nine of their last 10 road games and won all three regular season meetings with the Rangers in New York.

Why should you put your money on the Rangers?

Captain Ryan McDonagh has returned to the New York lineup, and he logged 22:48 of ice time in Game 3. He helped the defensive effort but needs to do more (as do the rest of the blueliners) in helping to stem the flow of the Penguins’ offense. The Rangers scored an early goal that was waved off on a video review challenge, so they did have more offensive chances on tap. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1.52 GAA in his last 11 postseason games against the Penguins, including 28 saves in Game 3. The Blueshirts definitely have the talent to beat Pittsburgh but need more effort on both ends of the ice.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Rangers to reassert themselves and tie the series at 2 to send it back to Pittsburgh for Game 5. I’m predicting a 4-3 Blueshirt win.