Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers NHL Pick – March 25

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 25. Five games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge two points in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.

Pittsburgh has earned a record of 39-16-10 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Metropolitan division. The Penguins are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won five of their last seven. Pittsburgh is two points out of the top spot in the division, but have played two extra games. The Penguins will look for a fast start on the road in this one.

The Rangers have put up a record of 40-19-5 so far this season, which has them in third place of the Metropolitan division. New York is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won four of their last six. The Rangers are three points back on the Penguins with one game in hand. New York will look for a big two points at home on Friday night.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Penguins have been strong as of late, earning a point in four straight games. New York is coming off a loss, but will look to bounce back at home. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for a big two points in the divisional race.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+200) -121 Over 6 (+104)
New York Rangers +1 ½ (-240) +110 Under 6 (-115)

 

Team Data Pittsburgh Penguins New York Rangers
Overall Record 39-16-10 40-19-5
Away/ Home Record 21-7-5 20-6-3
Goals Per Game 3.23 2.95
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.18 3.10
Save Percentage .916 .920
Save Percentage Away/ Home .921 .929

Betting Trends

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 6-4 in March
  • 5-2 on Friday nights
  • 12-6 against divisional opponents
  • 10-10 after allowing four goals or more
  • 18-13 against team with a winning record

New York Rangers

  • 7-4 in March
  • 6-4 on Friday nights
  • 8-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 9-6 against divisional opponents
  • 11-4 after allowing four goals or more
  • 9-3 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 14-8 after scoring four or more goals
  • 19-14 against team with a winning record

These two teams met up once this season on February 26 in Pittsburgh. Igor Shesterkin stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Rangers, but it was not enough for the win. Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal, while Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby both had assists. Tristan Jarry stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Penguins earned a 1-0 win.

Special Teams

The Penguins have been strong on special teams throughout this season. Pittsburgh has scored on 42 of their 199 power play chances, which is a 21.1 percent power play. The Penguins have killed off 140 of their opponents 162 power play attempts, which is an 86.4 percent kill rate. Pittsburgh is 15th on the power play and 2nd on the kill this season.

New York has been strong on special teams as well on the season. The Rangers have capitalized on 47 of their 176 power play opportunities, which is a 26.7 percent success rate. New York has given up 33 power play goals on 183 penalties against, which is an 82 percent penalty kill. The Rangers are 2nd on the man advantage and 8th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Rangers have been better on the power play, while Pittsburgh’s penalty kill was strong as well. New York will look to stay out of the box after being penalized more this season. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Tristan Jarry to get the start in the crease for Pittsburgh in this one. Jarry has played in 50 games this season, going 32-12-6 throughout those games. He has posted a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 2.26 in those outings. Jarry finished with 26 saves on 27 shots in his last start against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which was enough for the win.

Igor Shesterkin will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Rangers on Friday night. Shesterkin has earned a record of 30-9-3 throughout his 42 games played this season. He has put up a save percentage of .936 and a 2.14 GAA in those outings. Shesterkin’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils. He stopped 19 of 24 shots in the losing effort.

These two goalies have been really strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Jarry has won five starts in a row and seven of his last eight. Shesterkin is coming off a loss in his last outing and has lost three of his last five. If either goalie can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are in the middle of a tight playoff race, which should lead to an exciting matchup in this one. The Penguins have been the better team as of late, but I think New York will bounce back at home. The Rangers lost the first matchup of the season series, but I think they can bounce back in this one. If New York can come out fast, I like their chances to earn the win.

BetOnline has Pittsburgh listed as a -121 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Penguins will win this game around 554.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with New York at home. The Rangers have been strong throughout this season and will look to move up the standings with a win. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on New York.

The Bet
New York Rangers
+110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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