There are few better ways to exact revenge on an opponent than to knock them out once the playoffs get underway. Last year, the New York Rangers took out the Pittsburgh Penguins in 5 games on the way to the Eastern Conference Final, but this year it is the Penguins who have drawn first blood in their opening round match-up. It was a rather overwhelming win for the Pens in the opening game, and while winning the first game is no guarantee of winning the series, there now has to be some doubt in the heads of the Rangers players, as that loss means that they have now lost 4-straight to Pittsburgh. The whole complexion of the series can change if the Rangers pick up the win in Game 2, while a loss could have them heading home with what would feel like the weight of the world on their shoulders. You can wager on this one, as well as all the other NHL playoff betting lines action, at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The NY Rangers Vs Penguins NHL Playoff Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the New York Rangers at +150
The fate of the Rangers in Game 2 may well hinge on whether or not Henrik Lundqvist will be able to start in goal. The big man was forced to exit Game 1 after the first period following a rather nasty looking stick to the eye. The Rangers were only a goal down at that stage of the game, and essentially fell apart without Lundqvist in net. Word out of the Rangers camp is that the injury is not too serious, but it still remains to be seen if that means he will play in this one. As mentioned earlier, the Rangers have now lost 4 in a row to Pittsburgh, and you have to be concerned about their confidence level if they go into this one without their star goaltender.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins at -170
All the focus on the Penguins offense may have been on Makin and Crosby heading into the playoffs, but it was Patric Hornqvist who stole the show in Game 1 with 3 goals and an assist. This offense has looked deadly for the last couple of months, and you could see them smell the blood in the water once Lundqvist had to be pulled. You can bet that if Raanta is forced to start Game 2 in net for the Rangers, he is going to be tested early and often by shots from all angles. Raanta looked shaky in relief in Game 1, and the Rangers world could quickly crumble of it’s more of the same in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I liked the Penguins as a bit of a dark horse bet to go all the way this postseason, and they certainly looked like a team capable of doing that in Game 1. I think they will head to New York next week with a 2-0 series lead.
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