Rangers Favored To Complete Comeback
They were down 3-1 in the series at one point, but the New York Rangers have turned the tables on the Pittsburgh Penguins and have all the momentum. Thus, the NHL betting odds favor the home-team Rangers to finish the job and win Game 7. Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced on Saturday but his status is undetermined.
Penguins Need Heroes
It goes to show just how great Crosby is that his absence has knocked the wind out of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins seemingly had the New York Rangers backed into a corner until he was taken out in Game 5. Since he left the game, the Rangers have outscored the Penguins 10-4 thus proving the sportsbook’s lines right.
Not only has the Penguins’ offense been unable to keep up with the Rangers, but special teams’ play has been lopsided as well. The Rangers have scored on half of their power-play (PP) opportunities (3-of-6) while the Penguins haven’t (0-of-6). In net, Louis Domingue just does not have the chops to make up for any mistakes his team makes.
Pittsburgh will need players to step up and fill the void whether it’s the penalty-killing (PK) unit or the second line of Teddy Blueger, Danon Heinen, and Kasperi Kapanen producing a little bit more. It’s all hands on deck for Game 7 without the captain.
Rangers on the Cusp
It was an arduous start to the series but the New York Rangers have restored balance in a sense. But is the worst behind the team now? Igor Shesterkin quelled his demons in Pittsburgh by allowing just three goals against the Penguins as the team staved off elimination for a second straight game.
More importantly, the Rangers’ offense is humming. If Crosby stays sidelined, the Rangers could just repeat most of what they did from the previous two games. Pittsburgh outpossessed New York but the Rangers were able to neutralize their shots by getting in front of Shesterkin.
It was the type of hustle and energy that gave confidence back to Shesterkin. But even with the team’s improved dedication on “defense”, the Penguins remained a threat throughout. The Rangers can’t get comfortable as they look to cash bets online for a third straight game.
Penguins vs Rangers Head-to-Head
Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers have won three games apiece. But the most profitable bet has been the “over” on the totals: all six games have gone over the total even with the previous game going up to 6½.
Penguins vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Pittsburgh Penguins (46-25-11) vs New York Rangers (52-24-6)
- Location: Madison Square Garden
- Day/Time: Sunday, 7 p.m. ET
- Television: TBS
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Penguins vs Rangers Betting Lines
Penguins vs Rangers Prediction
Monitor the status of Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins still have enough depth though it may be tougher, especially when they are getting owned on special teams. If they can get at least their PK back to where it was the third-best unit in the NHL, that goes a long way.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) May 14, 2022
But momentum is a real thing here even if many experts disagree. The Rangers have a renewed confidence and with Shesterkin playing like the Vezina Trophy frontrunner, this should be their game to lose.