NHL Pick: Penguins vs. Rangers

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 2:32 PM GMT

The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in newly refurbished Madison Square Garden. Where do we believe the best value lies for tonights matchup?

According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -150 money line road favorite and the total is posted at 5.0. The Penguins have defeated the Rangers in 8 of the last 9 meetings between these two clubs. The series has seen just 1 of the last 8-games go under the total.

Red-Hot Penguins

The Penguins enter tonight’s contest having won 4 in a row. The most recent of those wins occurred on Saturday in Columbus when they blanked the Blue Jackets 3-0. Rookie Jeff Zatkoff earned his first career NHL win in goal by stopping all 19 Columbus shots on goal on his way to a shutout. During the current 4-game win streak the Penguins have outscored the opposition by an average of 2.0 goals per game while allowing just a combined 5-goals in the process. Marc Andre-Fleury will be back in goal for the Penguins this evening. Fleury has an outstanding 10-2 record on the season with a 1.83 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

Pittsburgh is 40-11 in their last 51 following a win, 40-14 the least 54 versus an Eastern Conference opponent, and 59-23 in the last 82-games versus an opponent with a losing record. The Penguins have gone under the total in their last 4 on the road.

The “Blue Shirts”

This will be the final game of a 4-game home stand for the Rangers. They’ve gone 2-1 in the first 3-game and are coming off a 2-1 loss versus Anaheim on Monday. The encouraging sign was the Rangers effort level was very good in the loss as they outshot the Ducks 33-25.

Dating back to last season the Rangers are 12-3 in their last 15 home games. The “Blue Shirts” have struggled in recent games versus quality opponents. They’ve gone just 2-8 in the last 10 versus opponents with a winning percentage of better than .600. The Rangers have seen just 1 of their last 9-games go over the total.

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NHL Super Angle

Any money line home underdog of +100 to +150 that comes off a home loss, versus an opponent that comes off a road shutout win is 25-11 (69.4%) since the start of the 1996-1997 year. I recommend the readers back the Penguins for their NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Rangers +135 over the Penguins