NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 NHL Betting Preview
On Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the New York Rangers to CONSOL Energy Center for the opening game of their Stanley Cup playoff series. The Penguins won three of the four meetings between the two teams, with one victory coming in overtime. They outscored the Rangers 12-9 in the four games, outshooting the Blueshirts 204-187. If you’re a Penguins or a Rangers fan make sure to place your wagers for this game in our Mybookie.lv pro hockey lines portal.
Rangers @ Penguins NHL Playoff Series Game 1 Odds, TV & Game Info
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Why should you bet on the Rangers?
The Rangers have been one of the best teams as far as shooting percentage goes over the past two seasons, with J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard leading the way. New Ranger Eric Staal, acquired from Carolina at the trade deadline, has yet to make a major contribution on offense, but he has shown flashes of promise that could pay big dividends in this series. He averages a point per playoff game for his career, and now he gets to play with his younger brother, Marc, which could provide an additional boost of motivation. With Penguin great Evgeni Malkin possibly on the shelf, or at least limited in his range of play, the Rangers could seize an early advantage.
Why should you put your money on Pittsburgh?
If you’re wondering where the Penguins came from this year, it’s true that they started out playing dismal hockey. However, after 30 games, they made a coaching change and put Mike Sullivan behind the bench. He instituted a speed-first playing style that takes advantage of the natural talents of the team, and captain Sidney Crosby is just one of the players who have seen their productivity skyrocket as a result. Using the defense to focus on puck movement has also made a huge difference. This is one of the best puck possession teams in the NHL right now, so the Rangers will have to work hard to pry the puck away.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Rangers have the better goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, but these Penguins are flying too high right now to fall in Game 1. I’m predicting a 4-3 Penguins victory.