One of the most important advantages that a team can have heading into any playoff series is hoe ice. Being able to hold serve at home means being able to move on, which is why opponents of those teams go in looking for at least a split in the opening 2 games. The whole series can shift in a big way with a road win, which is why the New York Rangers had to feel good about winning Game 2 in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. As often happens when two evenly matched teams go head to head, the stealing of the home ice advantage didn’t last long, as the Penguins went into New York for Game 3 and snatched it right back. This series is very delicately balanced, and Thursday’s Game 4 may go a long way towards deciding who moves on to the second round. You can keep up to date with all the odds for this one by visiting the NHL betting page at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Penguins Vs Rangers NHL Playoff Odds TV & Game Info
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have to be looking at their opening round series against the Rangers last season and hope that they can copy what New York did then. In that series, there was a split of the opening 2 games, and then the Rangers went on to win the next 3 to close out the series. If the Penguins can get the win in Game 4, it would be tough to be against them heading back home. Pittsburgh have banged in 10 goals in the opening 3 games, and have been spreading out the offense quite nicely. This is a team that can hurt you with all 4 lines, and the Rangers are finding that out the hard way. If the offense continues to score at this rate, this series will be over sooner rather than later.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
There has to be some level of frustration at play for the Rangers after Game 3, as all of their hard work over the first 2 games was essentially wiped out. Home ice advantage is back with the Penguins, and the Rangers know that they need to win this one on Thursday night of they are to have a realistic shot at winning this series. New York will be well aware that they lost both games at home to the Penguins in the regular season, and they will need to stop the losing streak to the Pens at MSG before it goes to 4. The offense needs to step up more than it has in the first 3 games, as the Penguins look to be firing on all cylinders in attack.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This may well end up being the Rangers last home game of the season, as I don’t see the Penguins letting their opportunity slip in Game 5 at home. Put this in the win column for the Pens.
Pittsburgh Penguins 4 New York Rangers 2