Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction 3/16/2024

The New York Rangers (42-19-4) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-27-9) on Saturday, March 16th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on ABC. The Penguins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rangers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lightning. Puck drop is set for 3:00 ET.

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The New York Rangers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

So far this season, the Rangers have gone 42-19-4 overall, which has them in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the road, New York has gone 20-11-4, and they have been favored in 50 of their games, going 33-15-2 in those contests.

Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 6-4, and they have won their last two games. Against teams in the Eastern Conference, New York has gone 24-13 this season.

On the season, the Rangers have gone 33-32 against the puck line, including a mark of 20-30 when favored. So far, New York has 25 wins by multiple goals compared to 17 wins by a single goal.

When looking at their road puck line record, the Rangers have gone 18-17 and their average scoring margin away from home is +.3 goals per game. Over their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6.

In their most recent game, the Rangers fell to the Lightning on the road by a score of 6-3. Against the Lightning, the Rangers scored two goals in the first period and one time in the 3rd period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 28 shots on goal and had 6 turnovers.

New York was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 17-12-4, and they have been the underdog in 24 of their 41 games as the favorite. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 13th place and 7th in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 3-7, and they have lost five straight games when they have been the underdog.

Overall, the Penguins have gone 29-27-9 this season, and they have gone 8-9 against divisional opponents. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh has a record of 15-21, and they have lost four of their last five games.

Overall, the Penguins have gone 30-35 against the puck line this year, including going 4-6 in their last 10 games. So far, Pittsburgh has been the underdog in 24 games and has gone 14-10 against the puck line in those contests.

At home, the Penguins have gone just 15-18 against the puck line this season, including going 2-3 in their last five games at PPG Paints Arena. In their 41 games as the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 16-25 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -.8 goals per game.

The Penguins recently hosted the Sharks and emerged victorious with a 6-3 win. Against the Sharks, Penguins’ offense was able to score in all three periods. All six goals came at even strength. They finished with 31 shots on goal and had 9 turnovers.

Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Pittsburgh also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 9 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.

New York Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Rangers come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 13th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. Coming into the game, the Rangers have a 25-12 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 17-6.

For the season, the over/under record of the Rangers’ stands at 32-30-3. They have had 38 games during the season that exceeded the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.

Penguins Offense Breakdown

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The Penguins come into the game scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, putting them 25th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 7th in the league. So far this year, the Penguins are 18-17 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 10-10 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The Penguins’ over/under record this season is 25-35-5. For the season, they have had 34 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 5.5. Overall, their games are averaging5.8 goals per game.

New York Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.2 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 15th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

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.

Rangers vs Penguins Trends

  • In their last three road games, New York has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
  • Across the Penguins last three home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
  • In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Penguins have a straight up record of 0-3 and an puck line mark of 0-3.
  • Through their last three games as the favorite, the Rangers have an puck line record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.

Rangers vs Penguins Prediction

If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Penguins to take down the Rangers at home. With the moneyline currently at +122, I’m placing my bet on the Penguins straight-up.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Penguins winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Penguins straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

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

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