Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NHL

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Rangers money line -110
Rangers spread +1.5 (-260)
Penguins money line -110
Penguins spread -1.5 (+215)
Over / under 6.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins
Record 10-9-4 8-12-1
Road / home record 6-4-1 5-6
Streak L3 W2
Goals per game 3.00 3.14
Goals allowed per game 2.87 3.38
Shots per game 340.3 33.5
Shots allowed per game 28.5 33.0
PP % 21.9% 24.40%
PK % 13.98% 15.17%
Over / under record 9-14 8-11-2
 

Preview

The New York Rangers hit the road and will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. These teams met 3 times last season and the Rangers sominated and won all of the games. 

 

New York Rangers 

The Rangers have lost 3 of their last 5 games and are 6-4-1 on the road this season, ranking 5th in the Metropolitan Division. They're coming from a 5-3 loss at home against the Devils. Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck scored and Chris Kreider had two assists for the Rangers, who fell to 4-5-3 at home. Igor Shesterkin had 33 saves.

Adam Fox has six goals and 19 assists for the Rangers. Chris Kreider has scored six goals and added four assists over the last 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Rangers are 4-5-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have won 5 of their last 7 games and are 4-3-2 at home so far with a 11-8-4 record overall ranking 4th in the Metropolitan Division. They're coming from a tough loss at home vs Carolina as they lost in overtime 3-2. Guentzel and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry stopped 36 shots.

Evgeni Malkin has eight goals and 12 assists for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby has six goals and 10 assists over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Penguins are 6-2-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

NY Rangers are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games.

NY Rangers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Pittsburgh.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers' last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers' last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games at home.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games.

Pittsburgh are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games.

 

Prediction

The Rangers have been struggling lately and are on a 3 game losing streak but they dominated the Penguins last season beating them 3 times. The Penguins have won their last 2 games but they have been so inconsistent so it's really hard to trus them even at home where they hold a 5-6 record. The Rangers are the better team so I think they will bounce back and avoid a 4th straight loss. Take the Rangers. 

PICK: Rangers ML (-110) 

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