- The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the New York Rangers on Friday, March 25th
- The Penguins are three points ahead of the Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division
- Read below for Penguins vs Rangers odds, picks and prediction
It’s as enticing a clash as you can hope for at this point in the season as the Pittsburgh Penguins head to Broadway to take on the Rangers on Friday, March 25th. Puck drop is scheduled to go at 7pm ET from Madison Square Garden.
With the Hurricanes and Capitals occupying first and fourth place respectively in the Metropolitan Division for months now, the Penguins and Rangers have been jostling for the second spot and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Penguins currently sit three points ahead of New York, but the Blueshirts have a game in hand. Even though the Rangers are at home, the Penguins have been listed as slight -120 moneyline favorites. Let’s look at all the Penguins vs Rangers Friday NHL odds and give you our best NHL bet for this matchup.
Penguins vs Rangers Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Friday, March 25th||Pittsburgh Penguins||-1.5 (+195)||O 5.5 (-120)||-120|
|7:00 pm ET||New York Rangers||+1.5 (-240)||U 5.5 (+100)||+100|
Odds as of March 24th at DraftKings Sportsbook
The -120 moneyline price for Pittsburgh gives them a narrow 54.44% implied probability to win. The goal total stands at 5.5, a number the Penguins have gone under in six of their last eight road games.
Penguins Great Moneyline Bet Since December
The Penguins were losing people money in the early going, starting the season off with a 10-7-5 record, but since December 1st, they’ve been the 3rd-best team to bet on in the NHL on the moneyline, winning 29 of 43 games for a .674 winning percentage. Only Colorado and Florida have been better since then.
PENGUINS VICTORY IN THE DESERT! pic.twitter.com/2ihsGZOka0
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 19, 2022
The return to form of Sidney Crosby has played a major role in their success over that time. While he’s nowhere to be seen in the current Hart Trophy odds, the media should be taking notice of how incredibly consistent and productive number 87 has been.
Coming into Thursday night’s action, Crosby has the 3rd-most points since the start of December with 59. Only Jonathan Huberdeau and Auston Matthews have more during that period. He’s been held without a point just twice in his last 22 games.
Sidney Crosby (PIT87) was dominant last night in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 win against CBJ. He had three assists and an 87% xGF% at 5v5.
He’s now on pace for 87 points in 70 games.
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) March 23, 2022
The Penguins quietly have garnered the 4th-most points in the NHL and their Stanley Cup odds continue to shorten as the season progresses. A huge portion of that success rests on the shoulders of their captain.
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Rangers Under Total Provides Good Betting Value
If you’ve been betting the under on Rangers games throughout the season, you should be very pleased with your profits, as they have the second-best return on investment in the entire league when placing a bet under the goals total in their games.
Their approach on the defensive end is heavily aided by their last line of defense, number-one netminder, Igor Shesterkin who sits comfortably in pole position in the Vezina Trophy odds. While the Russian goalie is likely to win the award as the best goalie in the league, he has sprung a bit of a leak as of late.
#NYR Igor Shesterkin pulled for the second time in the last five games.
Alex Georgiev in goal now.
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) March 23, 2022
Shesterkin has given up four or more goals three times in the last five games. Prior to that, he had only given up that many goals in a game three times all season. The 26-year old has played more games already this season than he has ever played before in his career, so there may be some questions concerning his workload as we gear up for the stretch run.
The Rangers as a team are an even 5-5 on the over/under in their last 10 games. Pittsburgh defeated the Blueshirts 1-0 in a playoff type affair last month, the only meeting between the two so far this season.
Penguins vs Rangers Recent Results
|Date||Home-Away||Money Line||Puck Line||Over/Under|
|02/26/2022||PIT 1 – NYR 0||PIT||NYR||Under|
|04/08/2021||NYR 2 – PIT 5||PIT||PIT||Over|
|04/06/2021||NYR 8 – PIT 4||NYR||NYR||Over|
|03/09/2021||PIT 4 – NYR 2||PIT||PIT||Push|
|03/07/2021||PIT 5 – NYR 1||PIT||PIT||Push|
This is the first of three meetings between Pittsburgh and New York in the next two weeks followed by a likely first round playoff battle, so get ready for an intense affair.
Penguins vs Rangers Pick & Prediction
As seen in the Friday NHL odds, this should be a very evenly matched contest between two teams who bolstered the depth of their teams before Monday’s trade deadline.
It came down to the wire, but the #NYR made the splash they were expected to.
Here’s the initial write-up of a busy day in New York⬇️https://t.co/IsaaNo215X via @nypostsports
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) March 21, 2022
The Penguins are coming off a disappointing 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres, while the Rangers got somewhat embarrassed in a 7-4 loss to the Devils on Tuesday. Both want to rebound with a win. They both have goalies who have played outstanding this season, but I’d expect to see more goals in this game than we did when they met last month.
Pittsburgh just seems to be playing a tad better of late and have Crosby and Evgeni Malkin turning back the clock. It should be another one-goal game, but the favorite has won seven of the last eight contests between these two and I like that trend to continue so take the Penguins on the moneyline at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Penguins Moneyline (-120)
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