The Penguins and Rangers are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Rangers will host the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The over/under for this Metropolitan division contest is set at 6 goals, with the Rangers being favored by -1.5 at home against the Penguins.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Monday, April 1st.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • 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 spread, we like Penguins (+1.5)

Will the Penguins Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

On the season, the Penguins have gone 32-31-11 and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan Division, Pittsburgh is in 7th place. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 4-6, including a 2-3 record in their last five games.

When playing on the road this season, Pittsburgh has gone 12-18-7. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Penguins have gone 18-24, and as the underdog, they have gone 10-15-4.

On the road this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 16-20, and their average scoring margin is -.4 goals per game. So far, Pittsburgh has gone 33-40 against the puck line, and their average scoring differential is -.1 goals per game.

As the underdog, the Penguins’ puck line record is 16-13, and they have gone 22-21 in games decided by more than one goal. In their last ten games, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 4-6, and their puck line record on the road this year is 3-7 in their last ten.

Games involving Pittsburgh have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Penguins come in with a record of 30-38-5.

Across their three previous road games, Pittsburgh has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.

The Penguins come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. This year, the Penguins have recorded a 20-18 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 11-12 record.

Pittsburgh’s leading goal scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far this season, he has 35 goals, placing him 16th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 44 assists so far.

New York defense takes on the Penguins ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.6 shots per game against New York. They also are 18th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 48 starts this season. His record at this point is 19-24, and his save percentage is 0.91%.

Is a Home Win Possible for New York?

When playing at home this season, the Rangers have gone 25-9-0 and are currently riding a two-game win streak at home. Overall, New York is 49-20-4 and has won five straight games. In the Eastern Conference, the Rangers hold the top spot with 102 points and a record of 29-13 against other Eastern Conference teams. In their last ten games, New York has gone 8-2.

As the favorite this season, the Rangers have gone 38-16-2 and have won three straight games when favored. In their last three games, New York has gone 3-0, and their last five games have seen them go 5-0. Against the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers have gone 16-5 this year.

At home this season, the Rangers have an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game. So far, they have played 56 games as the favorite and have a puck line record of 23-33 in those games. Overall, New York has gone 38-35 against the puck line this season.

Over their last ten games at home, the Rangers have a puck line record of 6-4. So far, they have 29 wins by multiple goals and have gone 16-18 against the puck line at home. Coming into this game, the team’s average scoring margin is +.6 goals per game.

For the season, New York’s games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Rangers have an over/under record of 39-31-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.

When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 8th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 17th in the league. This season, the Rangers have a 28-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 20-6 record.

New York will be looking for a good game from Artemi Panarin who leads the team in scoring with 44 goals, ranking 6th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Panarin has 61 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.6 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 18th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin gets the start and has made 48 starts this season. His record at this point is 31-15, and his save percentage is 0.928%.