Penguins vs New York Rangers NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Penguins vs New York Rangers Prediction 4/1/2024

The Pittsburgh Penguins (32-31-11) travel to face off against the New York Rangers (49-20-4) on Monday, April 1st. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on ESPN+. The Rangers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Penguins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Penguins vs Rangers

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

As the Penguins head into tonight’s game, they sit 12th in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 32-31-11. In the Metropolitan Division, they are 7th and have gone 10-12 against divisional opponents this season. On the road, Pittsburgh is 12-18-7 and have been the underdog in 29 of their 73 games, going 10-15-4 in those matchups.

Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 4-6 and are 2-3 in their last five games. When playing teams from the Eastern Conference, they have gone 18-24 this season. In their previous three games, Pittsburgh has gone 2-1.

On the road this season, the Penguins have gone 16-20 against the puck line and have a puck line record of 33-40 overall. So far, they have 22 wins by multiple goals and have gone 10-20 vs. the puck line in their last 30 games as the underdog.

Overall, Pittsburgh has an average scoring margin of -.1 goals per game, and their average scoring differential on the road is -.4 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the Penguins have a puck line record of 3-7.

In their most recent game, the Penguins fell to the Blue Jackets on the road by a score of 4-3. In the first period, the Penguins struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with two times in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, Pittsburgh managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 33 shots on goal and committed 3 turnovers.

Pittsburgh took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.

The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win

As the top team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers have been favored in 56 of their 73 games this season. At home, they have gone 25-9-0 and have won their last two games.

Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 8-2 and have won five straight games overall. Against other Eastern Conference teams, New York has gone 29-13 this season.

At home this season, the Rangers have a puck line record of 16-18, and their average scoring margin per game is +.7 goals. So far, New York has been favored in 56 of their games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 23-33. Overall, the team’s puck line record is 38-35.

Over their last ten home games, the Rangers have gone 6-4 against the puck line, and their puck line record at home this year is 22-17. In their last three home games, New York is 0-3 vs. the puck line, and they have 29 wins by multiple goals.

In their last game, the Rangers went up against the Coyotes and emerged as winners with a score of 8-5. Throughout the game against the Coyotes, Rangers’ offense managed to score in every single period. For the game, the New York offense took 32 shots on goal and scored one time while short handed.

New York came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 13 goals.

Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown

The Penguins come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. Pittsburgh’s offense comes into the game ranked 27th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.

This season, the Penguins’ have an over/under record of 30-38-5. Throughout the season, they have played 33 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.

Rangers Offense Breakdown

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On offense, the Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 8th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 17th in the league. This season, the Rangers have a 28-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 20-6 record.

This season, the over/under record for the Rangers’ is 39-31-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 35 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.

Pittsburgh Team Defense

Pittsburgh defense takes on the Rangers ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 7 shutouts.

New York Team Defense

Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.6 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 18th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Penguins vs Rangers Trends

  • Although Pittsburgh has a straight up record of 0-5 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-4. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
  • Across their three previous home games, New York has an puck line mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 4 goals per game.
  • The last ten games that New York was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 9-1 while going 7-3 straight up.
  • Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Penguins have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.

Penguins vs Rangers Prediction

For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Penguins to pick up on a win over the Rangers and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +161, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Penguins straight-up.

Our projections have the Penguins pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Penguins, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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