This hockey handicapper has gone a stellar 6-1-1 thus far with his Stanley Cup Playoff selections. He’ll be covering Game 3 of the series between the Rangers/Penguins on Monday.
Rangers and Penguins Game 3 on Monday
The Pittsburgh Penguins return home for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series versus the New York Rangers on Monday at 7:05 PM ET. The series is all knotted up at 1-1 following Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. According to the NHL betting odds at Heritage, the Rangers are a -113 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0.
Resilient and Road Tested
On a negative note, the Rangers are coming off an unexpected home loss in Game 2 of their series vs. the Penguins. On the flip side to that equation, they’ve gone 8-1 in their last nine games following a loss. “The Blue Shirts” have also been a terrific road team this season, going an extremely profitable 28-13 against the money line. Hypothetically, if you risked $100 on the Rangers as a road underdog on the money line this season, and wagered to win $100 on them as a money line road favorite, it would’ve resulted in a profit of $1680.
Penguins finally show some Offense
If there’s one aspect of the Penguins game that’s been extremely frustrating for their avid fan base, it would unquestionably be the underachieving goal scoring production. The 4-3 win on Saturday marked the first time the Penguins had scored four or more goals in a game, since a 6-4 home win over Edmonton on March 12th. That encompassed a stretch of seventeen games, and it’s a bit mind boggling considering the offensively gifted players on their roster. The win on Saturday also improved the Penguins dismal record versus divisional opponents to 10-22 for the season. Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid in goal for the Penguins in the first two games of the series, compiling a respectable .917 save percentage.
I look for the Rangers to come out like gangbusters on Monday. They’ve been far from at their best in the first two games of the series. Despite Saturday’s win, the Penguins are just 5-12 in their last seventeen games. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has gone a dismal 0-6 in his last six, after recording a win in his previous start. I’m siding with the President’s Trophy winner for one of my NHL picks on Monday.
NHL Picks: Play the Rangers -115 at Pinnacle