NHL Picks Rangers vs. Penguins

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 3, 2014 3:27 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 3:27 PM GMT

The Penguins host the Rangers on Friday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a scheduled start time of 7:05 PM ET. Let's break down the odds and find our NHL picks for this affair.

New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

According to NHL betting odds Pittsburgh is a -170 money line home favorite and the total is 5.5. The Penguins have defeated the Rangers in 19 of their last 26 meetings. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh stay under the total.

Rangers are Road Warriors

The Rangers are a very profitable 12-9 versus the money line sportsbooks had set while they've been on the road this season, including winning 10 of their last 13 away from Madison Square Garden. This will be their 4th in a stretch of 5 consecutive road games, and they’ve gone 2-1 thus far, including winning their last 2. Following tonight’s game, they will travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs tomorrow. They enter tonight having won 4 of their last 5, and have earned at least 1-point in 6 of their last 8 overall. Currently they’re tied for 4th in the Metropolitan Division, and tied for 9th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Home Sweet Home

The Penguins return home after playing their last 4-games on the road. They split those 4 road games, and last played on New Year’s Eve in a 2-1 loss at New Jersey. The Penguins have gone a superb 17-3 at home so far this season, and have won 10 straight at the Consol Energy Center. Despite the loss to the Devils in their previous game, the Penguins have won 14 of their last 17 overall. The Penguins are currently 1st in the Metropolitan Division, and hold a comfortable 14-point lead over the 2nd place Washington Capitals. They’re also 1st overall in the Eastern Conference, and are 5-points ahead of the Boston Bruins who occupy 2nd.

NHL Betting System

Any favorite versus an opponent that’s coming off 2 straight road wins by 1-goal each, and that opponent is playing just their 2nd game in the last 5-days, has gone 39-7 (84.8%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. With that said, we'll put  our money on the Penguins, adding them to our NHL picks.

Free Pick: Penguins -170 over the Rangers

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