While some people will point at Game 4 or 5 of a series as perhaps being the most important, the fact of the matter is that it really all comes down to how the series has been going at that point. For the New York Rangers, Game 5 of their first round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins is going to be critical, as a loss there would mean elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Before this series began, the general consensus was that this thing was going to be close, and that the Rangers would have a shot of they could find a way to slow down the Penguins gifted offense. That they have, for the most part, not been able to do that explains why they are heading back to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 series deficit. There seems to be an air of finality about this series after Game 4, but the Rangers can make things interesting again if they can come up with the win. The updated NHL odds for this one can be found at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The NY Rangers vs Penguins NHL Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the New York Rangers
A pair of losses at Madison Square Garden has the Rangers on the brink of elimination, and given how they were totally outplayed in Game 4, you get the definite feeling that this one is over. Before we write this team off though, it pays to look at their recent record playing in Pittsburgh. They were able to pick up the split there through the first two games of this series, and they have also won 2 of their last 3 games there during the regular season. The Rangers are a very good team, and to write them off completely at this point may be a little premature. That said, they are going to have to weather an early storm from the Penguins, and steer clear of going behind.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
It’s hard to remember that this was once a team that was essentially written off in the early part of the season. The high-powered offense was sputtering, there was talk of locker room friction, and a coaching change was deemed necessary. The same personnel are still in place on the ice, yet this now looks like a very different Pittsburgh Penguins team. The offense rediscovered its spark in the second half of the regular season, and that has carried over into the playoffs, where the Penguins have scored 15 goals through the first 4 games. Scarier still is the fact that they are spreading out the scoring across the whole team.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
On the balance of play so far, it looks as though the Penguins are simply too much for the Rangers to handle. I thought this series might go longer, but it now looks like it’s going to be over in 5.
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