New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, Tips & Odds – May. 12, 2022
The Penguins have taken full control of their round 1 playoff series against the Rangers with two huge offensive performances and convincing 7:2 and 7:4 wins. After the teams split the two opening games, the Rangers were on the ropes conceding 14 goals in the following two matches. Series now shifts back to New York where Pittsburgh will be looking to eliminate the home team and secure a quarter-final berth.
New York Rangers
The Rangers were completely outclassed in the last two games showing some very concerning signs. Their main strength all season long has been their goaltender Igor Shesterkin but in this series he has been well below his level.
New York fell apart in the last game after taking the lead early conceding four unanswered goals. Their starting goalie was substituted off in the last two debacles so it is a question who will start in goal for them today in the Madison Square Garden.
Home team certainly has the offensive power to score some goals but overall they are under huge pressure defensively and are experiencing a major goalie crisis at the worst possible moment. An experienced playoff and title-winning team like the Penguins knows how to take advantage of such situations so we should expect them to finish off the series in New York.
Final from Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/rslsmqZANt
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 10, 2022
Despite goalie issues of their own, the Penguins have been able to play through adversity and have been the better team. Primary reason for that is their backup netminder Louis Domingue who has been very strong in net filling in for their starting goaltenders.
He should get another start tonight and provide another good performance. In hockey the most important thing is the security the goalie gives to him team and he has provided exactly that during this series.
What can improve is Pittsburgh´s defense. If they want to compete for the title, defensively they will have to be more sound despite their absences in the goalie department. However, they are playing against one of the most efficient offenses in the East with their third-choice goalie so they have to be more than satisfied.
Heading back to New York with one goal in mind.
Check out the highlights from tonight’s 7-2 victory ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/CmKXSKaqiA
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 10, 2022
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction
With their recent performances, the Penguins have made their title intentions more than clear so to get 1.72 odds for Pittsburgh to remain undefeated in the regular time is great value at this stage. They have a clear advantage after crushing their opponents twice in a row and will look to end the series with a win but the safest option for betting is the double chance.
Pick: Double Chance – Pittsburgh Penguins or X
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