After playing a pair in the Steel City last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Manhattan to battle the New York Rangers on Saturday evening.
Let’s take a look at this Eastern Division tilt in our Penguins vs. Rangers betting preview with odds, picks and predictions for this January 30, 2021 matchup.
Penguins vs. Rangers Betting Pick
The New York Rangers snapped their four-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime victory at Buffalo. No. 1 overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere scored his first career goal to win it for the Rangers in the extra frame.
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Sniper Artemi Panarin also scored a goal and added an assist in the victory. The Penguins head into town off a 4-1 loss at Boston. The Pens could only muster 17 shots in that contest with the lone goal coming midway in the first period on a seeing-eye shot from the point by defenseman Cody Ceci.
Tristan Jarry made 16 saves, but allowed a couple of soft goals in the losing effort, bringing his record this season to 2-3-1.
Penguins vs. Rangers Odds
Here are the lines for Penguins vs. Rangers at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Spread: Rangers (-1.5 +235); Penguins (+1.5 -295)
Moneyline: Rangers (-108); Penguins (-108)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-117)/Under 6 (-105)
Bets We Like With an Penguins Win
Rangers Team Total UNDER 3 Goals (-114, DraftKings)
This Pittsburgh defense has been nothing short of brutal over its first eight games. The Penguins rank third in the league in high-danger goals allowed with 16, and have the eighth-worst penalty-killing unit in the league at 73%. In order for the Pens to win this game, they will have to slow down a Rangers offense that is due to heat up after their slow start to the season.
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Bets We Like With a Rangers Win
Pavel Buchnevich to Score a Goal Anytime (+235, DraftKings)
The 25-year old winger is second on the club with six points (two goals and four assists) in seven games played. Buchnevich has three goals and three assists in 13 career games versus Pittsburgh. At +235 to find the back of the net in this contest, he offers some solid wagering value.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Game to end in a Tie After Regulation (+310 at DraftKings)
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Three of the last four contests between these clubs have gone past regulation, and the Rangers are coming off of an overtime win against Buffalo. Both of these teams seem to be evenly matched and I would take a shot here with this contest being tied after 60 minutes of play.
Penguins vs. Rangers Prediction
New York has the edge on defense in this matchup, as the Penguins continue to struggle with their rotation of blue-liners and spotty goaltending. They remember the Penguins getting lucky bounces in their previous two meetings. I like the Rangers to get revenge in a 4-3 overtime victory.
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