New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Pick – Game 6

The NHL is set up with another great night of playoff action on Friday. Three potential elimination games are up on the board throughout May 13. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. These two teams have been solid throughout this series and will look for a huge win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

New York finished the regular season with a record of 52-24-6, which had them in second place of the Metropolitan division. The Rangers are coming off a huge win in their last game to stay alive in the series. New York will look to build on that win with a strong performance in Game 6. The Rangers will look for a faster start as they continue to face elimination.

The Penguins put up a record of 46-25-11 throughout the regular season, which had them in third place of the Metropolitan division. Pittsburgh jumped out to a strong lead in this series, but had a disappointing loss in Game 5. The Penguins will now look to put this series away with a win at home. Pittsburgh will look to grab momentum early in this one.

These two teams have met in an exciting series so far and I expect another great matchup in Game 6. Pittsburgh will look to brush off Game 5’s loss after blowing a 2-0 lead. The Rangers will look to keep their momentum strong as they try to force a Game 7 back home. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New York Rangers -1 ½ (+190) -120 Over 6 (-130)
Pittsburgh Penguins +1 ½ (-230) +100 Under 6 (+110)

 

Team Data New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins
Playoff Record 2-3 3-2
Playoff Away/ Home Record 0-2 2-0
Playoff GF/GP 3.80 4.60
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 3.00 7.00
Playoff SV% .902 .906
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .821 .900

Betting Trends

New York Rangers

  • 8-5 on Friday nights
  • 18-13 against divisional opponents
  • 19-11 after a division game
  • 2-1 when trailing in Playoffs
  • 20-11 after a win by two goals or more
  • 19-13 after scoring four or more goals
  • 25-20 against team with a winning record

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 6-3 on Friday nights
  • 17-14 against divisional opponents
  • 16-14 after a division game
  • 1-2 when leading in series
  • 16-13 after allowing four goals or more
  • 9-9 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 24-23 against team with a winning record

This series has been tight through five games. Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists in Game 1 as the Penguins won 4-3. Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano had a goal and two assists each in Game 2 as New York bounced back with a 5-2 win. Sidney Crosby had a goal and four assists through Games 3 and 4 as Pittsburgh won 7-4 and 7-2. Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and an assist as the Rangers won Game 5, 5-3.

Special Teams

The Rangers were strong on special teams throughout the regular season. New York scored on 55 of their 218 power play chances, which was a 25.2 percent success rate. The Rangers killed off 186 of their opponents 226 power play attempts, which was an 82.3 percent penalty kill. New York has scored on 3 of their 12 power play opportunities in this series.

Pittsburgh was solid on special teams as well in the regular season. The Penguins capitalized on 50 of their 248 power play opportunities, which was a 20.2 percent power play. Pittsburgh gave up 33 power play goals on 212 penalties against, which was an 84.4 percent kill rate. The Penguins have capitalized on 4 of their 15 power play chances in this series.

New York had the better special teams throughout the regular season, but the Penguins have been better in this series. Pittsburgh could be missing Sidney Crosby, which would hurt their special teams and offense in general. The Rangers will still need to pick up their special teams if they want to come back in this series.

Goaltending Comparison

Igor Shesterkin will get the start in the crease for New York in this one. Shesterkin earned a record of 36-13-4 throughout the regular season. He posted a .935 save percentage and a GAA of 2.07 in those games. Shesterkin has put up a save percentage of .905 and a 3.99 GAA throughout this series and will look to step up in this one.

Louis Domingue will get the nod between the pipes for the Penguins on Friday night. Domingue started only twice in the regular season, going 1-1-0. He put up a .952 save percentage and a GAA of 2.02 in those outings. Domingue has posted a save percentage of .900 and a GAA of 3.56 after stepping in for an injured Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry.

These two goalies have had their share of struggles in this series, but will look for a big performance in Game 6. Shesterkin was the best goalie in the regular season, earning a Vezina and Hart Trophy nomination. Domingue has been the story of the playoffs after stepping in for an injury riddled Penguins. If either goalie can step up early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Rangers are coming off a big comeback in Game 5 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh will look to shake it off and end the series back home though. The Penguins could be without Sidney Crosby in this one, but still have plenty of firepower. If Pittsburgh can grab the early lead, I think they can finish this series off in six.

Bovada has New York listed as a -120 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rangers will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I think that this line should be in favor of Pittsburgh with it being at home and the Penguins having the lead in the series. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on Pittsburgh.

The Bet
Pittsburgh Penguins
+100
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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