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The Penguins have won their last two games and in an East Division matchup host the New York Rangers, who have lost two of their first three games.
The Rangers are coming off a close loss after in their first two games they lost in a shutout and then won in a shutout. They have scored as many goals as they have given up and this will be their first road game of the season.
After losing their first two games of the season the Penguins have rebounded winning their last two games. while the team is 2-2 and has been pretty solid on the attack their defense has had major issues giving up an average of 4.5 goals per game.
The Penguins have won 15 of their last 22 games facing the Rangers.
Outdone in the Second Period
In their last game, the Rangers lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 where after they were down 1-0 after the first period they scored two goals in the second period but were outdone by the Devils giving up three goals. Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Filip Chytil all scored in the losing effort where New York lost even though they took a whopping 50 shots on goal and only gave up 28.
Alexandar Georgiev made his second start of the season in between the pipes and after a shutout win in the first outing he gave up four goals on 20 shots before being yanked after the second period. Igor Shesterkin relieved him and did not give up any goals on eight shots.
Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin lead the Rangers with two goals and four points after three games.
Dating back to last season the Rangers only have one win in their last seven games and one win in their last five road games.
Coming Through in the Clutch
In the last two games, the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals and they came through when it mattered getting the first win in a shootout and the second one in OT. In the last game, they beat the Caps 5-4 where the team scored three goals in the second period and Sidney Crosby played the hero scoring the goal in OT. The Pens outshot the Caps 30-26 and Casey DeSmith was in et for the second straight game giving up four goals on 26 shots.
DeSmith has given up seven goals in his two starts and Tristan Jarry has given up nine goals in losing his first two starts and in the last one was yanked in the first period after giving up three goals on only six shots.
Sid the Kid is no longer a kid at 33 years old and hard to believe he has been in the league for 15 years. He leads the Pens with three goals and five points and not only did he score the game-winner in the last game but also had two assists. Brandon Tanev and Colton Sceviour each have two goals for Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are:
- 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games
- 147-69 in their last 216 home games
The New York Rangers are:
- 6-16 in their last 22 Friday games
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games
- 1-6 in their last 7 overall
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Penguins’ defense has been far from sharp this season but their offense has gotten it done. Which is the reason the team is at .500. They will move past the .500 mark in this game facing a Rangers’ team that has one win and very inconsistent. The Pens are a deeper team than the Rangers and have more scoring, which will be key in this game since their goalie play has been decent at best. New York took 50 shots in their last game and still lost and they will pepper the net again in this game but take the loss again. I see a high scoring barnburner in this game but one where the Penguins will get the win for their third straight W.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams have had some issues on the defensive side of the ice this season, especially the Penguins, who are giving up an average of 4.50 goals per game. They have the attack but their blue line and goalie play have both been sub-par. The Rangers had their chances in their last game taking 50 shots but only came up with three goals. I see them scoring around that total in this game but the Pens will score more. Sid the Kid is off to a good start and the total for this game will go Over mainly because of the offense and defense that Pittsburgh has shown this season.
Over 6.5 goals