NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Penguins

David Lawrence

Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:42 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013 12:42 PM GMT

The New York Rangers were the preseason Eastern Conference favorite but they’ve faltered. Tonight they face the Penguins of Pittsburgh. Who will come out victorious?

NHL Betting: Rangers vs Penguins Picks

On Saturday, they’ll face the current Eastern Conference favorite when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Record: 84-97 (-835)

Let's have a look at the NHL odds set forth for this match.

The New York Rangers can win because…

…well is there a good reason? The Rangers have really struggled this season and while they were great on the road last year, that’s been far from the case this time around. The Rangers are just 4-7 on the road this year and have lost four of their last six away games.

New York is again having trouble scoring goals as they’ve totaled just two in their last two games. They’ve also scored two or less in four of their last five games, which doesn’t bode well against the highest scoring team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can win because…

This is a great matchup for them. The Pens have won six straight in this series while outscoring the Rangers 26-8. Clearly, the Pens offense has dictated the pace in these matchups while the Rangers defense hasn’t been able to hold up. The Rangers are coming off a game where they gave up four goals to Winnipeg and they’ll be without top defenseman Marc Staal again – is there anything that will slow down Pittsburgh in this game?

Pittsburgh is red hot right now as they’ve won seven straight overall. They’ve averaged 4.7 goals per game during that span. If they come even close to that average, they’ll easily down the Rangers a seventh straight time.

[gameodds]7/221548/43/us[/gameodds]

Outlook & Pick

These two teams have already met twice this season and the Pens have won 6-3 and 3-0. I see a similar result as the Pens are still playing well while the Rangers are struggling. I’ll lay the puck line for my hockey picks here and look for the Penguins to win this game by two.

Pick: Penguins -1.5 +201 at Pinnacle

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