Rangers at Penguins NHL Playoff Betting Odds
The postseason is a time for the teams that make it to start anew. Some of them will be heading into the postseason on a poor run of form, but all of that has to be put aside in favor of a new beginning. One team that will hope to get their playoff campaign off to a better start than their regular season will be the Pittsburgh Penguins. The first half of the season was something of a nightmare for the Pens. They have arguably one of the best offensive units in the league, but they found it hard to put the puck in the net on a consistent basis. Things eventually turned around for them, though, and they finished the season on fire, and with the label of being one of the teams that no-one wanted to face in the postseason. It is the New York Rangers who drew that short straw, and it’s good news for hockey fans, as this has all the makings of the best series in the opening round. Game 1 is set for Wednesday night at 8 PM EST in Pittsburgh. You can catch all the action on USA, and you can get your wagers on at MyBookie online sportsbook.
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A Look into the Rangers at Penguins NHL Playoff Betting Odds & TV Info
Why Bet on the New York Rangers to Win the Series?
The Rangers came into the series as the reigning President’s Trophy winners, and while they were not able to have the best record in the league for a second straight season, they did still break the 100-point barrier. If truth be told, the last team that the Rangers wanted to face in the opening round was the Pittsburgh Penguins, mainly because they dropped 3 of the 4 regular season games against the Pens. The Rangers finished the season pretty well, going 6-3-1 through their final 10 games. They also finished the season 2 games above .500 on the road, and while that is not a spectacular record, it does suggest that they may have the ability to steal one away from home. The Rangers are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.6 GPG.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins to Win the Series?
As the regular season progresses, you tend to find that a dark horse team suddenly starts to emerge out of nowhere. That team this year would be the Pittsburgh Penguins. All of the talk in the early part of the season was about how this team was underachieving, but they came to life in the second half, eventually rolling all the way to a second place finish in the very good Metropolitan Division. That the Penguins offense finished 7th overall in goal per game average is astonishing when you consider how poor they were offensively in the first half. This is a team firing on all cylinders right now. The Pens are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.6 GPG.
Expert Betting Pick and Series Prediction
The Penguins look like a team ready to make a deep run, and I think they will get out to a very fast start against a Rangers team that they dominated in the regular season.
Penguins in 5.