The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout May 5. Four games are up on the board as the playoffs continue on Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in Game 2. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Pittsburgh earned a record of 46-25-11 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Metropolitan division. The Penguins are coming off a big win in Game 1 of this series and will look to remain hot on Thursday. Pittsburgh will look to take a huge 2-0 series lead before going back home. I expect the Penguins to come out fast in this one.
The Rangers put up a record of 52-24-6 during the regular season, which had them in second place of the Metropolitan division. New York dropped a heartbreaker in triple overtime of Game 1 and will look to bounce back. The Rangers will look to get their home fans back into early in this one. I expect New York to come out quickly on the road.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Thursday night. The Penguins are coming off a huge win in Game 1 and will look to carry that momentum into this one. New York will look to attack early though at home. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Pittsburgh Penguins||+1 ½ (-220)||+120||Over 5 ½ (-130)|
|New York Rangers||-1 ½ (+180)||-140||Under 5 ½ (+110)|
|Team Data||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||1-0||0-1|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||4.00||3.00|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.956||.952|
- 15-12 against divisional opponents
- 14-12 after a divisional game
- 19-16 after scoring four goals or more
- 22-21 against team with a winning record
New York Rangers
- 16-11 against divisional opponents
- 17-9 after a divisional game
- 16-6 after allowing four or more goals
- 23-18 against team with a winning record
These two teams met up in Game 1 on May 3. Mika Zibanejad had two assists, while Chris Kreider added a goal and an assist. It was not enough for the Rangers though. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, while Jake Guentzel scored twice. Bryan Rust added a goal and two assists. Louis Domingue stepped in during the second overtime and stopped all 17 shots he faced as Pittsburgh won 4-3 in triple overtime.
— x – New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 5, 2022
The Penguins were strong on special teams throughout this season. Pittsburgh scored on 50 of their 245 power play chances, which was a 20.4 percent power play. The Penguins killed off 276 of their opponents 207 power play attempts, which was an 85 percent kill rate. Pittsburgh was 19th on the power play and 3rd on the kill.
New York was also strong on special teams in the regular season. The Rangers capitalized on 55 of their 216 power play opportunities, which was a 25.5 percent success rate. New York gave up 39 power play goals on 221 penalties against, which was an 82.4 percent penalty kill. The Rangers were 4th on the man advantage and 7th on the penalty kill.
The Rangers had the better power play during the regular season, while Pittsburgh had the better penalty kill. New York scored on their only power play chance in the game and added a shorthanded goal. The Penguins went 1-4 on their power play attempts. If either team can get a power play goal again in this one, it could give them the edge.
Louis Domingue will likely get the start in the crease for Pittsburgh in Game 2. Domingue started in two regular season games, going 1-1 in those matchups. He posted a .952 save percentage and a GAA of 2.02 in those starts. Domingue stepped into Game 1 and stopped all 17 shots he faced to play hero and earn the series opening win.
Igor Shesterkin will get the nod between the pipes for the Rangers on Thursday night. Shesterkin earned a record of 36-13-4 throughout his 53 regular season starts. He put up a save percentage of .935 and a 2.07 GAA. Shesterkin finished with 79 saves on 83 shots in Game 1, which was not quite enough to give his team the win.
These two goalies will look to come out fast in Game 1. Shesterkin had a huge performance in Game 1 of this series, but the Rangers could not get that final goal for him. Domingue stepped up in a big way and will be called on again if DeSmith is not cleared before Game 2. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.
The Penguins were able to take the win in Game 1 of this series and will look for a big win in this one. New York was the better team in the regular season and will look to put pressure on Domingue early. The Rangers will look to get their home crowd into this one early. If New York can take an early lead, I think they can win this one.
Bovada has the Rangers listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that New York will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. I agree this line, but I do not see a lot of value in it. The Rangers are also listed at -1 ½ for +180. I think New York will come out strong and maintain the pressure early. If the Rangers can grab the lead, I think they can cover the spread.