The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep climbing up the Eastern Division standings as they finish off a two-game home series tonight at PPG Paints Arena against the New York Rangers.
Let’s take a closer look at tonight’s contest in our Rangers vs. Penguins betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Penguins vs. Rangers Betting Pick (March 9, 2021)
The Penguins secured an impressive 5-1 victory on Sunday night against the Rangers, running their record against New York to 4-1 this season.
Forward Mika Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers early on in the contest.
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Late in the first period, however, the Penguins turned up the heat on offense, scoring three goals in a span of one minute, subsequently chasing Rangers starting goalie Alexandar Georgiev out of net in favor of Keith Kincaid.
The Pens later added two more goals deep in the third to ice the victory.
Winger Kasperi Kapanen has been red-hot recently. After netting a goal and adding two assists last time out, the 24-year-old Finland native has three goals and three assists over his last four games.
The Rangers have had fewer high-danger scoring chances than their opponent in four of the last five contests, with this club dearly missing the services of star forward Artemi Panarin, who has been out since the middle of last month.
Rangers vs. Penguins Odds
Here are the lines for Rangers vs. Penguins at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Penguins (-1.5 +155); Rangers (+1.5 -190)
Moneyline: Penguins (-157); Rangers (+135)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-110)/Under 6 (-110)
Bets We Like With a Penguins Win
Penguins Team Total OVER 3.5 Goals (+108, FanDuel)
One of Pittsburgh’s key strengths year after year is its depth and production from secondary scorers, and this season is no different.
The Penguins have nine different skaters with double-digit points, and they have been hot lately, scoring 26 total goals over their last eight contests. As the Rangers continue to deal with issues on their blue line and in net, I like for the Pens to eclipse their team total this evening.
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Bets We Like With a Rangers Win
Chris Kreider to Score a Goal Anytime (+175, PointsBet)
The 29-year-old veteran leads New York with 13 goals this season. He will need to continue that scoring pace if the Rangers wish to get revenge this time around.
Simply put, New York doesn’t have the same type of scoring depth as Pittsburgh, so this is a team that needs its best players to get it done. Kreider has scored six goals and nine assists in 28 regular season meetings against the Penguins throughout his nine-year career.
Look out for Kreider on that second forward line along with Ryan Strome and Kaapo Kakko to score tonight.
Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-150, FOX Bet)
These two clubs have been known to start off with a fast pace of play when they meet up. Consider this — six of the last nine games between the Penguins and Rangers have gone over the first period total.
With the Rangers’ issues on back-end, they have allowed at least one goal in the opening frame during six of their last seven games. Meanwhile, the Penguins have scored multiple goals in the first period in three straight games.
Even at a steep price, the play here is OVER the total in the first 20 minutes of action.
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Rangers vs. Penguins Prediction
Typically, these two teams play each other tough. Following a rare one-sided affair, I suspect we get back to a tighter game tonight.
With this Penguins team finally playing solid hockey and the lineup returning closer to full health, I like Pittsburgh to win by a 4-2 margin.