Game 1 of the Penguins vs. Rangers series opened on a high. After both pushed for a tie in the third period, the game stretched up to 3OT and brought us one of the best opening games of Round 1. Eventually, the Penguins grabbed the first series win with a late goal to take the 4-3 victory.
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Penguins vs. Rangers Game 2 Information
- When: Thursday, May 5, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- TV: TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT
- Radio: 105.9 The X (Penguins) // 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Rangers)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Penguins (+137) / Rangers (-159)
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins?
The Penguins successfully pulled off a Game 1 road win and set the tempo for the series. The team produced an impressive 83 shots on goal and a clutch overtime goal to grab the win. By the end of the opening game, Pittsburgh got the better of the Rangers and recorded a 53% faceoff percentage. Furthermore, the team closed their account with 33 hits, and 21 blocks, and protected the puck well with 30 fewer giveaways than the Rangers.
Pittsburgh managed to find 267 goals in the season, ranking 11th among NHL teams. They are heavy on defense and rank fifth in the league, keeping opponents to an average rate of 2.74 goals per game.
Jake Guentzl found 84 points in 76 games, with 40 goals to his name on 15.2% shooting. So far, 18.0% of his goals happened in power play time. His tandem with Sidney Crosby yielded great results for the team. Crosby has 31 goals and 53 assists. His offensive production showcases a +19 plus-minus rating. Keeping things locked is Pittsburgh’s top goalie Tristan Jarry, who limits teams to 2.42 goals per game in 58 appearances.
Why Bet on the New York Rangers?
The Rangers have to make the most of home advantage in Game 2. After falling in overtime in the opening clash, the team kept the Penguins busy with 68 shots on goal. Although they fell behind in faceoff percentage at 47%, the team managed ten more hits at 43 to go with 31 blocks. However, New York closed their account with 30 more giveaways to boot.
New York finished second-best in the Metropolitan Division. The team scored 251 goals in 81 games. While these numbers can only manage a 16th best finish in the offensive rank, they cover plenty of ground on the defensive end. As a team, the Rangers allow 2.52 goals per game and are the second-ranked unit in the league.
The top overall goal scorer goes to Chris Kreider. The winger scored 52 goals and scored half of it during power play time. His offensive performance on ice put together a plus-minus rating of +21.0. He spearheaded the Rangers’ offense with Artemi Panarin who came up with 22 goals on 12.4% shooting to go with 74 assists. Furthermore, first-choice goalie Igor Shesterkin limits teams to 2.07 goals per game in 53 appearances, turning in 38 quality starts and quality start figures over the league average.
Penguins vs. Rangers Betting Trends
- The Penguins are 2-2 in their last four road games.
- The Penguins are 2-3 in their last five games against the Rangers.
- The totals went over in two of the Penguins’ last four games.
- The Rangers are 2-3 in their last five games at Madison Square Garden.
- The Rangers held their opponents to zero points in two of their last three home wins.
- The totals went under in two of the Rangers’ last five home games.
Penguins vs. Rangers Expert Betting Predictions
The Penguins have a nearly 50% over-under record of 40-41-1. When playing road games, the over hits under half the time, going 17-23-1. Throughout the regular season, Pittsburgh’s games reached six goals or more 56% of the time, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins lineup. Before Game 2, the Rangers held an over-under record of 32-48-2. The over hits less at home, going 17-23-1 on the season. A total of 44% of New York’s contests saw six goals or more, with 49% of the scoring coming from the Rangers roster.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.