NHL Picks Rangers vs. Penguins to go Under

Ross Benjamin

Friday, February 7, 2014 3:32 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:32 PM GMT

The Penguins host the Rangers on Friday at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the opening faceoff slated for 7:05 PM ET. Join our handicapper in a breakdown of the NHL Betting System to find the top hockey pick.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -170 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Penguins have defeated the Rangers in 10 of the last 12 meetings between these teams. This series has seen 4 of the last 5 meetings go over the total, and 7 of the last 10 played in Pittsburgh go under the number. Entering tonight the Penguins are 1st in the Metropolitan Division with a comfortable 17-point lead over the 2nd place Rangers.

Huge Momentum Killer

The Rangers come off a horrible 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers last night which halted a 4-game win streak. Edmonton scored the winning goal with just 1:38 remaining in the 3rd period. Despite the loss the Rangers enter tonight having won 10 of the last 14, and 15 of their last 22-games. The Rangers have been a terrific on the road this season going a very profitable 17-10, including going 15-4 in the last 19, and 5-0 in their last 5 away games. In addition to playing with no rest, the Rangers will be playing their 3rd game in the last 4-days. They’ve gone a terrific 35-16 in their last 51-games versus the money line when playing with no rest. In all likelihood it will be Henrik Lundquist in goal for the Rangers tonight after Cameron Talbot received the start in yesterday’s loss. Lundquist has been terrific in his last 3 starts going 3-0 with a 1.00 GAA, and an outstanding .969 save percentage.

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Pens Continue to Shine

The Penguins are coming off a dominating 5-1 win at Buffalo on Wednesday night. They’ve now allowed 1-goal or less in 4 of their last 5-games. Marc-Andre turned in another strong performance in goal for the Penguins stopping 24 of 25 of the Sabres shots on net. The win improved Fleury’s money line record to 31-14 this season, and he’s posted a very good 2.22 GAA in the process. Tonight will be the Penguins final game before the Olympic break. They will resume play after the break by hosting Montreal on February 27th.

NHL Betting System

Before we make our NHL pick, lets take a look at some past trends. Any team that’s allowed 2-goals or less in each of their last 4-games, versus an opponent coming off a win by 3-goals or more in their previous game, has seen 44 of those 61-games (72.1%) go under the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year.

Free Pick: Rangers/Penguins to go under the total of 5.5

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