Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Sunday, May 15, 2022
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Where to Watch: TBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Penguins +130, Rangers -150; Over/Under: 6.5 goals
Bet365: Moneyline: Penguins +130, Rangers -150; Over/Under: 6.5 goals
BetMGM: Moneyline: Penguins +135, Rangers -160; Over/Under: 6.5 goals
Pittsburgh Penguins: 46-25-11 (3rd place, Metropolitan Division)
New York Rangers: 52-24-6 (2nd place, Metropolitan Division)
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Preview and Analysis
Pittsburgh Penguins: 5-5-0 last 10
New York Rangers: 4-5-1 last 10
Pittsburgh Penguins Analysis
The Penguins are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 103 points, a 46-25-11 record overall, and they were 23-12-6 in their road games this regular season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game losing streak. Their last win was against the Rangers in game 4 while their 2 losses since then have come against the Rangers in game 5 and in their last game which was also game 6 of this series. They lost that game at home 5-3. Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust, and Evgeni Malkin each scored 1 goal for them in that one. Evgeni Malkin led the team in shots on net in that game with 7. Louis Domingue was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 4 goals on 37 shots with 33 saves and a .892 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 272 goals this season averaging 3.3 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 229 goals against them allowing 2.8 goals per game.
New York Rangers Analysis
The Rangers are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 110 points, a 52-24-6 record overall, and they are 27-10-4 in their home games this regular season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Penguins in game 4 while their 2 wins since then have come against the Penguins in game 5 and in their last game which was also game 6 of this series. They won that game on the road 5-3. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider both scored 2 goals in that game while Andrew Copp scored 1 goal for them in that one. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider led the team in shots on net in that game with 6 each. Igor Shesterkin was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 3 goals on 34 shots with 31 saves and a .912 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 254 goals this season averaging 3.1 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 207 goals against them allowing 2.5 goals per game.
Penguins vs Rangers Prediction
The Rangers are coming into this game as a slight favorite with the current betting odds. They have won their last 2 straight games now to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and force a game 7 back at home here. The Penguins have started to unravel a little and it was very apparent as they started off strong in their last game taking a 2-0 lead, but they went on to blow that lead with 2 quick goals allowed in 1 min and then they were playing from behind for the rest of the game. Even when they tied the game, it felt like the Rangers were in control and they ended up scoring the winning goal with a little over a minute left to avoid the OT. They have been gaining some steam recently and now that the series is tied up for this last game at home, they will have the momentum on their side coming into this game. The absence of Crosby was also a big factor in that game and without him playing here, the Penguins will not have enough to win this game on the road. The best bet here is on the Rangers to complete the series comeback and win this game 7 at home.
Penguins Rangers Prediction: Our NHL Pick for Sunday, May 15, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Rangers 4 Penguins 3.
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NHL Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins: 30-37 (-17 Units) ML in a road game where the total is 6 or more. 26-26 (-9.1 Units) ML after playing a game where 8 or more total goals were scored. 30-15 OVER off a loss against a division rival.
New York Rangers: 119-98 (+22.6 Units) ML in all games. 47-39 (+11.5 Units) ML after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game. 6-0 OVER in the first round of the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins: R. Rakell (RW) Ques Sun - Head injury. B. Dumoulin (D) Ques Sun - Lower Body injury. C. DeSmith (G) out for season - Abdominal injury. T. Jarry (G) Out indefinitely - Foot injury. B. Boyle (C) Ques Sun - Leg injury. S. Crosby (C) Ques Sun - Concussion.
New York Rangers: K. Kinkaid (G) Ques Sun - Upper Body injury. S. Blais (LW) out for season - Knee injury. B. Goodrow (RW) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury.
“I think I’m probably stating the obvious, but the special teams was the difference. We have to be better.” - Mike Sullivan after his team’s loss against the Rangers in game 6 on Friday.
“We battled back after (falling behind) and that showed some character in our group.” - Gerard Gallant after his team’s win against the Penguins in game 6 on Friday.
LW Guentzel, Jake
C Malkin, Evgeni
RW Rust, Bryan
LD Matheson, Michael
RD Letang, Kris
G Domingue, Louis
New York Rangers
LW Kreider, Chris
C Zibanejad, Mika
RW Vatrano, Frank
LD Lindgren, Ryan
RD Fox, Adam
G Shesterkin, Igor
Points: S. Crosby (84)
Goals: J. Guentzel (40)
Assists: K. Letang (58)
GAA: L. Domingue (2.02)
New York Rangers
Points: A. Panarin (96)
Goals: C. Kreider (52)
Assists: A. Panarin (74)
GAA: I. Shesterkin (2.07)
Pittsburgh Penguins: Mike Sullivan (7th season)
New York Rangers: Gerard Gallant (1st season)