NHL Picks: Penguins vs. Rangers Odds Review

PJ Laferla

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 2:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013 2:47 PM UTC

Find out where we have decided to place our NHL pick for the Wednesday night marquee matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

NHL Pick: Penguins vs. Rangers

The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins (28-9-0) will be on the road tonight when they face their bitter rival New York Rangers (17-15-3) in a matchup of two teams from the Atlantic Division that will be gunning to pick up a win tonight.

The puck in this one is scheduled to drop at 7:30 PM EST from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, in New York City. The battle can be seen live on television with coverage provided the NBC Sports Network.

Most online outlets, including 5Dimes have listed both the Penguins and Rangers as -110 money line favorites on their NHL odds boards, while settling upon a total of 5 goals on the over/under; but you must lay -130 if you make a play above the number.

Let's evaluate this matchup and determine where bettors can find the best value with their NHL picks.

The Penguins bring the 2nd rated offense in the NHL with them in to this contest, averaging an impressive 3.4 goals scored per game. Defensively, Pittsburgh is also among the elite in the league, surrendering just 2.4 goals per game, which ranks 4th best in the NHL.

The Penguins are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven meetings with the Rangers, including 4-0 in New York. Pittsburgh is under in 10 of their last 11 games overall (10-0-1).

The Rangers struggles this season are attributed to its poor offense, which is the worst in the NHL, scoring an average of just 2.3 goals per game. They are a much better team on defense, as their average goals against of 2.5 is good enough for 6th best in the league.

The Rangers are only 1-4 in their last five games that follow a win in their prior contest and 0-4 in their last four games when facing a team with a record above a .600 winning percentage. New York has stayed under the posted total in 28 of their last 54 games overall (28-11-15) and seven of ten versus Atlantic Division adversaries.

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The Pick

The Penguins have proven to be a team that you don’t want to bet against this season, so to get them on the cheap at -110 makes for a good value bet in this matchup.

NHL Pick: Back the Penguins -110 at 5Dimes

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