NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins - New York Rangers
- Title : NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins - New York Rangers
These teams have had some issues on the defensive side of the ice this season, especially Penguins, who are giving up an average of 4.50 goals per game. They have the attack but their blue line and goalie play have both been sub-par. The Rangers had their chances in their last game taking 50 shots but only came up with three goals. I see them scoring around that total in this game but the Pens will score more. Sid the Kid is off to a good start and the total for this game will go Over mainly because of the offense and defense that Pittsburgh has shown this season.
These two teams have allowed a combined 26 goals through seven games this season. Pittsburgh has allowed 4+ goals in three of its four games. New York has hit that mark in two of three. In other words, these teams are a roller coaster and it’s hard to feel confident in either one of them right now.
It would probably be a bad idea to take a roster this talented and try to grind out 2-1 or 3-2 wins, but at some point you have to wonder if the Rangers will start to sacrifice some of their offensive flair to help their two goaltenders. Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev are both promising young netminders, but keeping the Rangers in a game can be a challenge when your defense allows a heavy dose of high-quality scoring chances.
Defense is a clear weakness for New York, its offensive firepower is a strength. Very few teams can match the talent the Rangers have in their top six. Artemi Panarin is one of the best forwards in the NHL, Mika Zibanejad isn’t too far behind him and Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko gives Dave Quinn an embarrassment of riches to fill out the top of his roster with.
Penguins are 4-0 against the over to start this season. They have a great chance to make that 5-0 as they go up against a struggling goaltender duo for the Rangers.
Since being shut out in their season opener, the Rangers’ offense has come to life in their last two games. Expect a lot of goals in this one. Go for over 6 in regular time
|Prediction||over 6 goals Regular time|
|Start Time||01:00 : 23-Jan-21|