The NHL is set up with a great night of action throughout March 9. Nine games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. These two teams have been up and down this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 6:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
New York has started out this season with a record of 10-10-3, which has them sitting in sixth place of the East Division. The Rangers are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak. New York has been streaky throughout this season and they will look to get back on a win streak in this one.
The Penguins have put up a record of 14-9-1 throughout this season, which has them in fourth place of the East Division. Pittsburgh has won two straight games and three of their last four. The Penguins will look to keep up this winning streak as they try to move up in the standings. Pittsburgh has been strong so far this season and will look to keep up their success against the Rangers.
Pittsburgh enters this matchup in a playoff spot to this point in the season, while the Rangers are sitting outside the playoff picture. New York is only six points out of a playoff spot and will need to win games like this one against the Penguins if they want to fight their way back in. I expect a great game on Tuesday night as these two teams look for a win.
The Rangers and the Penguins have met up five times so far this season. The first two game set between these two teams was on January 22 and 24 in Pittsburgh. Kris Letang scored the winner in the shootout in the first game to give the Penguins a 4-3 win. Sidney Crosby had two assists in the second game of the series to lift Pittsburgh to a 3-2 win at home.
The third and fourth game of the season series was in New York on January 30 and February 1. Pierre-Olivier Joseph had three assists, while Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist in the third game. The Penguins earned a 5-4 win in that one. Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists in the fourth game as the Rangers broke through for a 3-1 win.
Pittsburgh hosted the fifth game of the season series on March 7. Mika Zibanejad opened up the scoring for New York, but it was not enough. Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists on the night, while Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist. Casey DeSmith turned away 23 of 24 shots on the night. The Penguins scored five unanswered to earn a 5-1 win in this one.
The Penguins have been the more dominant team throughout this season series. Pittsburgh has won four of their five games against the Rangers so far this season. New York won the fourth game, but were given a tough loss in their last meeting. The Rangers will look to avoid a first period collapse once again in this one as they try to knock off a hungry Penguins team.
The Rangers have struggled on the power play throughout this season so far. New York has scored 13 goals on 84 power play attempts, which is a 15.5 percent power play. The Rangers have been much better on the penalty kill though. New York has killed off 67 of their opponents 77 power play opportunities, which is an 87 percent kill rate.
Pittsburgh has not done great on either side of special teams so far this season. The Penguins have capitalized on 12 of their 71 power play chances, which is a 16.9 percent success rate. Pittsburgh has given up 19 goals on 73 penalties against, which is a 74 percent penalty kill. The Penguins will look for their special teams to step up in this one.
New York has the edge on special teams in this matchup. The Rangers have been slightly worse on the power play, but their penalty kill has been really strong. If New York’s penalty kill can shut down the Penguins power play, it could give them an edge. If the Rangers can break through on Pittsburgh’s penalty kill as well, it could lead New York to the win.
I expect Igor Shesterkin to get the nod in the crease for New York in this one. Shesterkin has earned a record of 6-7-1 throughout his starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .921 and a 2.31 GAA on the season. Shesterkin’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils on March 4, where he stopped 32 of 33 shots in the win.
Tristan Jarry will likely get the start in the net for the Penguins on Tuesday night. Jarry has started in 17 games this season, going 9-7-1 to start out the new campaign. He has posted a .897 save percentage and a GAA of 3.12 in his games played. Jarry finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in his last start against the Philadelphia Flyers, which was enough for the win.
Shesterkin will give the edge in net to the Rangers if he can return in this game. Jarry has struggled in his first season as the starter. The Penguins need Jarry to step up as this season goes along if they want to hold on to that playoff spot. New York will look to break through on Jarry early in this one as they try to jump out to a big win. If Shesterkin is in net, I think the Rangers have a great chance to win this one.
New York has struggled against the Penguins so far this season, but I think that they can earn a win on Tuesday night. The Rangers have an edge on special teams and in net in this one, which could lead them to the win. If New York can have a fast start and avoid a collapse like on Sunday afternoon, it could help them grab a much needed win.
BetOnline has Pittsburgh listed as a -150 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Penguins will win this game around 60 percent of the time. I think that this is a little high for Pittsburgh. The Rangers have been solid as of late and I think they will want revenge after Sunday’s loss. I like the value on New York in this one, making them a great pick on Tuesday night.