Game 4’s Totals Stay Even at 6 Despite High-Scoring
The series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins has so far been filled with plenty of back-and-forth and scoring. It has resulted in the total being moved from its initial 5½ to six, where it looks to stay at even NHL odds. Despite leaky goaltending on both sides, we believe the trend will end with Game 4.
Goaltender Controversy for the New York Rangers?
It was only a matter of time until Igor Shesterkin, the New York Rangers’ goaltending Messiah, would have a bad game. The netminder had faced the most shots in the two games he’s played and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally got to him – scoring four times on 15 shots.
Fortunately for the Rangers, Alexander Georgiev came on and was solid in net as he turned back 19 of the 20 shots he faced. But that one goal he allowed in the third turned out to be the difference-maker as New York fell behind 2-1 in the series.
The Rangers have steadily improved on its 5v5 play since Game 1 and were actually winning most of the puck battles. However, the team is still giving up a lot of scoring chances and will still be relying on its netminders. We may now have a bit of a controversy here though Shesterkin should return in goal.
Pittsburgh Penguins Won’t Be Denied
Just after we’ve talked about the Pittsburgh Penguins always running into a hot goaltender, they chase Shesterkin away from the net. Georgiev did give the Pens more trouble but a clutch goal from the unsuspecting Danton Heinen would clinch Pittsburgh’s victory.
In a series where the likes of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Evgeni Malkin would be responsible for most of the offense, Pittsburgh’s fourth line — and their third-string netminder, Louis Domingue, would come up big when it was needed.
The Penguins opened this series as underdogs to win but have now made turned the online sportsbook’s odds around. They stand close to a 64% shot at winning the series now. It would require Pittsburgh’s depth players to prove that Game 3 was not a one-time thing.
Penguins vs Rangers Head-to-Head
For the fourth straight game, the New York Rangers are around the -115 to -125 range when it comes to their betting odds. Game 4 was closer than the score appeared as the Pittsburgh Penguins scored two empty-net goals and New York managed to overcome a three-goal deficit. The Rangers’ series odds is now at their longest at +165.
Penguins vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Penguins (48-26-11) vs Rangers (53-25-7)
- Location: PPG Paints Arena
- Day/Time: Monday, 7 p.m. ET
- Penguins vs Rangers Live Stream: NHL TV
Penguins vs Rangers Betting Lines
Penguins vs Rangers Prediction
One bad game won’t lead to Gerard Gallant keeping Shesterkin on the bench. The Vezina Trophy favorite has rarely had bad showings in consecutive fashion. In fact, the 26-year-old is 12-2-1 this season following a loss (although officially, Georgiev got the ‘loss’).
Pittsburgh will not be shooting close to 19% again and the two power-play (PP) goals the Pens scored could already be their quota for the next two games. Six of the last nine games between these teams have gone over the total. But in seven of these nine games, at least one team has scored three goals or fewer. Bet online that Game 4 won’t see anyone hit four goals.