Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Rangers versus the Penguins? The puck drops at 3:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ABC. The game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Rangers are the -1.5 goal favorites in this Metropolitan division matchup against the Penguins. The over/under for the game is set at 5.5 goals.

NEW YORK RANGERS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 3:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • With a 1.5 goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Rangers to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Penguins (+1.5)

Will New York Shock Everyone at PPG Paints Arena?

On the season, the Rangers have gone 42-19-4, putting them in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division and 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. On the road, New York has gone 20-11-4.

In games where they have been favored, the Rangers have gone 33-15-2, while they are 9-4-2 when they have been the underdog. Over their last ten games, New York has gone 6-4.

On the season, the Rangers have an average scoring differential of +.5 goals per game. So far, they have had 25 wins by multiple goals compared to 17 wins by just one goal. In their last 10 games, the team’s puck line record is 6-4, and their puck line record on the road is 18-17.

Across 50 games as the favorite, New York has gone 20-30 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin when favored is +.4 goals per game. In their last three games, the team’s puck line record is 2-1, and their puck line record for the season is 33-32.

The average goal total for New York’s games is sitting at 6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Rangers come in with an over/under record of 32-30-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, New York has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 13th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 19th in the league. New York’s offense is currently ranked 9th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 23rd in the league.

New York’s leading goal scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far this season, he has 36 goals, placing him 9th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 50 assists so far.

The Penguins defense is currently 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 43 games in this season. His current record is 27-14, and his save percentage stands at 0.908%.

Will the Penguins Win at PPG Paints Arena?

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 17-12-4, and they are 29-27-9 overall. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 13th place and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone just 3-7, and they have lost five straight games when listed as the underdog.

Over their last five games, the Penguins have gone just 1-4, and they are 1-2 in their last three games. This season, Pittsburgh has been the underdog in 24 of their games, and they have gone 9-12-3 in those games.

As the underdog, the Penguins have a puck line record of 14-10 this season, including a mark of 30-35 overall. So far, Pittsburgh has 20 wins by multiple goals along with 18 losses by multiple goals.

At home, the Penguins have a puck line record of 15-18 this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +.2 goals per game. Over their last 10 home games, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 4-6.

This season, Pittsburgh’s games are averaging 5.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Penguins currently have an over/under record of 25-35-5.

New York has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 7th in the league. In terms of the Penguins’ offense during power plays, they are 28th in power play goals and 25th in shorthanded goals.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 32 goals, ranking 17th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 33 assists.

Pittsburgh defense takes on the Rangers ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 45 starts this season. His record at this point is 19-21, and his save percentage is 0.927%.