Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers will face each other in Game 3 of the NHL playoffs on Saturday evening. The hosts want to take advantage of playing on the home ice to secure a lead in the series. The away side searches for a victory on the road to get back the home-ice advantage.
Pittsburgh managed to return home with a win from New York, and they now want to capitalize on playing in front of its crowd. However, the home side should put a better performance to bounce back with a win. On the other hand, New York managed to get things even with a win in the most recent match. The visitors look forward to building up on their latest display to get the lead in this series.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Can they bounce back with a win?
The Penguins started the series well after beating the Rangers after exhausting overtime. However, they couldn’t repeat the same success in Game 2 since they suffered a 5-2 defeat. Despite being active in the game after two periods, their performance declined in the final one, when they conceded twice and failed to find the back of the net. Nevertheless, they had more shots on the opponent’s goal again but were not clinical enough. Pittsburgh also won more faceoffs but had four penalty minutes more than their rivals.
Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust have continued the most to the Penguins’ offense by logging three assists and scoring a goal for a total of four points each. Jake Guentzel is the team’s top scorer in the post-season with three goals, while Evgeni Malkin has managed to produce two points so far in the playoffs. On the goal, Louis Domingue didn’t enjoy his time on Thursday evening since he conceded five times and had a .875 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Casey DeSmith, Kris Letang, John Marino, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust
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New York Rangers – Will they celebrate again?
The Rangers wasted Game 1 and spent a lot of energy to open the series with a win, but they managed to return to the winning track on the next occasion. They grabbed a valuable victory in Game 2, avoiding an unwanted scenario of going to Pittsburgh being 2-0 down. New York wants to continue in the same fashion on the road, trying to secure another positive result. Despite having one shot less than their rivals, the Rangers controlled the previous match and deservedly won.
Chris Kreider tops the scoring charts for the Rangers in the playoffs with two goals while producing three points in total. Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano also have three points in the post-season, but they logged a pair of assists and scored once. Andrew Copp managed to find the back of the net twice, while Ryan Strome and Adam Fox also got their names displayed on the scoresheet in the first two games. On the other hand, Igor Shesterkin allows 2.17 goals per game in the playoffs while having an excellent .952 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
Expert Pick #1 – Pittsburgh Penguins to win @-105
Although the Rangers beat the Penguins in their latest clash, I think the hosts are capable enough of getting revenge on the home ice. It’s going to be a close game, but I’ll back the hosts as slight underdogs as my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6 @-120
Their first two matches went over a 6 margin, but I anticipate a tighter game in Pittsburgh. We haven’t seen more than six goals in their previous five h2h encounters at PPG Paints Arena, and this one shouldn’t be much different. I’ll go with the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – New York Rangers Under 2.5 @+130
Despite having a very talented offense, I think the Rangers won’t score more than two goals on the road. They managed to do that just once on the previous five occasions in Pittsburgh, and the hosts should hold them under a 2.5 margin. The plus money odds are another reason why I’m taking this one as my third pick.