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NHL Betting Odds Rangers vs. Penguins Sunday NBC

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At the beginning of the season there was little doubt at top rated sportsbooks
that the Pittsburgh Penguins would easily make the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The only question would be how high of a seed they would be. But now the question is whether or not the Penguins will make the post season at all. Pittsburgh holds a slim one-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. Meanwhile there were considerable doubts about the rebuilding New York Rangers making a playoff run. And nothing has changed those preseason perceptions with two months to go in the regular season.

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Date and Time: Sunday, February 17, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Rangers vs. Penguins TV Coverage: NBC

New York Rangers Record and Metrics

New York has an Offshore sportsbook record of 24-24-6-2 with just 26 of their 56 games going under the total. The Rangers have lost five of their last eight games with five of their last nine matchups going under the total. New York is nine points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Overall the Rangers rank 27th for goal scoring, 15th for power play efficiency, 24th for goals against, and 26th for penalty killing.

Pittsburgh Penguins Record and Metrics

Pittsburgh has an Online sportsbooks record of 30-20-5-2 with just 26 of their 57 games going over the total. The Penguins have split their last eight games with six of those eight games going under the total. The Pens have NHL metrics of sixth for goal scoring and the power play which is offset by marks of 19th for goals against and 28th for shots allowed. The penalty killing unit ranks ninth best in the NHL for Pittsburgh.

ATS Numbers

Pittsburgh remains one of the top home ice betting values in the NHL with 12 wins in their last 17 games at PPG Paints Arena. Just five of their last 14 home games have gone under the total. On the other hand, the Rangers have been in the red for road games this year. Just six payouts out of their last 17 games in enemy ice have not made gamblers pleased with NYR.Just four of the Rangers last 14 away games have gone under the total.

Head to Head Series

Pittsburgh won the only previous meeting between these teams this season on January 2, 2019 with a 7-2 win at New York as the game soared over the total. Overall the Penguins have won nine of the last 13 meetings in this head to head series. Ten of the last 11 games between these teams have gone over the total. At Pittsburgh the Penguins have paid in five of their last eight games against the Rangers. The Broadway Blueshirts and Pens have gone over the total in seven straight tames at PPG Paints Arena.

Players to Watch

Of course, the Pens are led by franchise savior and future Hall of Fame center Sidney Crosby. The team captain has 24 goals, 42 assists and a plus 19 as he remains one of the most complete players in the NHL. Right wing Phil “The Thrill” Kessel remains an elite skater and sniper. Kessel has 21 goals with 37 assists although he is weak on the back end with a -15. Center Evgeni Malkin has been a mainstay with the Pens and has 14 goals with 42 assists with a poor -17. Kris Letang is one of the top defensemen in the NHL and has 13 goals with 36 assists with a plus 13 for the Pens.

Between the Pipes

Matt Murray backstopped Pittsburgh to Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017. He has the hot hand after a slow start with an improved save percentage of .916. Backup Casey DeSmith is also at .916.

The Rangers have future Hall of Fame goalie Henrick Lundqvist at .907 with backup Alexander Georgiev at .905.

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Rangers vs. Penguins Betting Odds Free Picks

Based on home ice and head to head does Pittsburgh offer the Best odds.

Rangers vs. Penguins Betting Pick: Bet the Pittsburgh Penguins

Rangers vs. Penguins Score Prediction:Penguins 4, Rangers 2