The New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, ranked second and third respectively in the Metropolitan Division standings, will be clashing against each other on Wednesday, February 10th in a pivotal NHL betting matchup with heavy playoff implications. Stay with us, as we take you through a brief NHL odds preview of this marquee clash, complete with free NHL online picks prepared specially for you.
How to Bet New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins and TV Info
Why Bet on the New York Rangers
After a rather slow start to the season, the Rangers have found their stride in the ice and are enjoying one of their best runs this season. Entering this game, the Rangers (30-18-5) have 65 points, four points above the Pens (27-18-7, 61 points) who leapfrogged the Islanders (60 points) after beating Anaheim on Monday night. The Rangers are equally coming off a win, a 2-1 victory over the resilient New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
In the victory over the Devils, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist starred with 27 saves, Kevin Klein (who broke a thumb last week) scored for the first time in 28 games and the on-form J.T. Miller scored for the ninth time in 10 games, helping New York to beat New Jersey for the first time in three games this season. That victory remarkably came despite captain Ryan McDonagh being sidelined with a concussion. More importantly, it was the Rangers’ first three-game winning streak since November and the 7th win for the New Yorkers in their last 10 overall.
With such a strong momentum on their side and an imposing 8-1-1 record for the Rangers in their last 10 overall meetings against the Pens, New York fans are pregnant with hope that their visiting team will give a strong showing, as the Rangers seek to extend their advantage over Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
This being the first of four Penguin meetings with McDonagh’s Rangers, and with dire postseason implications to be decided from the games; Pittsburgh is expected to do everything its power to claim this home bout. Fortunately for the Pens, they equally have a lot of momentum on their side, led by a resurgent performance from Captain Sidney Crosby.
After recording his career 900th NHL point in the 3-2 overtime win at the Florida Panthers on Saturday, Crosby extended his streaking form by extending his point-streak to 11 games by scoring on a pair of breakaways and adding two assists to help the Pens claim a spectacular 6-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. The two goals scored additionally extended Crosby’s scoring streak to a career-best seven games while impressively bumping his season tally to 53 points in 51 games.
Outside Crosby’s big night, the Pens saw strong performances from the rest of the team, including goals scored by Olli Maatta, Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary and Chris Kunitz, and 36 shots stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury. Following that win, the Penguins have now won two in a row, six of the last seven, and spot a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games.
More notably, this revitalized Pittsburgh team is flawlessly 6-0-0 in its last 6 games, which spells a mountainous task for the Rangers in their quest for a road win on Wednesday. As a concern, though, Pittsburgh’s center Evgeni Malkin could miss a fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury, having already missed the road trips to Tampa Bay and Florida, along with the home game against Anaheim. Malkin is among the league leaders with 23 goals and 49 points, so his absence could be a big miss for Pittsburgh.
Rangers at Penguins NHL Prediction and Picks
New York’s improved defense, led by Lundqvist, makes life difficult for the home team, but Pittsburgh’s offense (which has scored 18 goals in its last four games) manages to eke out a close win. Total-wise, the solid UNDER trend between these two teams (7-3 in the last 10, 4-1 in the last 5 overall meetings) looks likely to continue, with both teams combining for less than 4 goals.