Friday’s action in the NHL playoffs will be opened with a clash between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. The hosts want to bounce back and end the series in front of their fans. The away side needs a win to stay in the playoffs, and they will try to celebrate on the road.
Pittsburgh failed to book their place in the conference semi-finals in the previous match, but they will have another chance on the home ice. They don’t want to miss this one, and the home side looks forward to continuing winning at PPG Paints Arena. On the other hand, New York seeks another victory to level the tie and move the series home. They need to pick up where they left off to celebrate on the road.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Will they book another home victory?
The Penguins had the first chance to end this series on Wednesday evening, but they failed to a 5-3 defeat on the road. It was their first loss after two straight victories, and the hosts want to get back to the winning track. Despite having a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the second period, Pittsburgh spilled their advantage ahead of the final third. They conceded two more goals by the end of the match and let their opponents decrease their advantage to 3-2. Although they had two shots less than their opponents, Pittsburgh won 20 faceoffs more than New York.
Sidney Crosby has produced a team-high seven assists for Pittsburgh in the post-season and has contributed with nine points. Jake Guentzel is the Penguins’ top scorer with seven goals while having a total of eight pts. Bryan Rust and Mike Matheson have one goal and five assists each, while Evgeni Malkin has chipped in with five pts. On the goal, Louis Domingue has five apps and concedes 3.56 goals per contest in the playoffs.
Expected Line-Up: Louis Domingue, Kris Letang, John Marino, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust
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New York Rangers – Can they fight for a decider?
Although they were in a tricky position in the previous match, the Rangers managed to turn around the result and extend their life in this series with a 5-3 win. They scored three goals in just a couple of minutes in the second period, which led them to success. However, New York is still 3-2 down in this series, and they don’t have the right to suffer another defeat if they want to stay in the playoffs. They might need to improve their stats to increase their chances of winning, despite being successful in Game 5.
Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers’ offense with a team-high four assists and a total of six points in the playoffs. Frank Vatrano and Adam Fox have produced five points each, while Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere, and Andrew Copp chipped in with four pts each. Three more skaters have contributed to the Rangers’ offense with three points apiece. On the other hand, Igor Shesterkin spends most of the time between the pipes with five appearances, having a .905 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
Expert Pick #1 – Over 6 @-120
We have seen excellent hockey in this series, and there is no reason this one will be different. All five matches of this tie went over a 6.5 margin, and I expect these two teams to produce seven or more goals again. That’s why I’ll go with the Over as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Penguins to win @+105
Despite being alight home dogs in this one, I fancy the chances that Pittsburgh will win this game. New York managed to beat the Penguins just once on the previous eight occasions at PPG Paints Arena. I think the hosts will celebrate a win, and I’ll back them as my second bet at the plus money odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Penguins to win & Both to Score @+170
My third pick for this matchup will be a bit riskier, but it’s a good combination that can bring us nice profits. I see both teams finding the back of the opponent’s net, and if Pittsburgh wins, we can enjoy pretty decent returns.