NHL Betting: Penguins To Leave Rangers On The Rocks


New Jersey Devils 2.30, Draw 3.75, Ottawa Senators 2.72

New Jersey and Ottawa head in to their contest this evening on the back of wins and in contention for a lower playoff spot, despite treading water for much of the campaign.

The Senators got by St Louis on Monday courtesy of Cody Ceci's first NHL goal in overtime, Bobby Ryan also stayed hot with two points and it's fair to say the trade to get him in the summer is paying off. New Jersey should be itching to go after having four days off from a shutout victory over Tampa on Saturday, only their second win of the month.

Of these two clubs, Ottawa definitely have the greater upside but on the road they've ranged from superb to terrible with little warning, ever so slightly more often it's been the former and with a 5-2 success over the Devils earlier in the season I think they are well worth a go at 2.72.

 

New York Rangers 2.75, Draw 3.70, Pittsburgh Penguins 2.30

A 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins was supposed to signal the start of the New York Rangers' season in earnest but they've gone on to win only three of their eleven home games since.

Another fair assumption would be that with over $30 million of the Pens' $64m salary cap unavailable right now that Dan Bylsma's troops might be fallible, but they keep on winning and are aiming for five straight tonight. Sidney Crosby is rolling another seven-game point streak and the success of his top line makes it so difficult to hold the team down, Chris Kunitz is a perfect foil for No. 87 and between them they have scored a third of the team's goals.

Although leading forwards like Evgeni Malkin and James Neal are ruled out, it's the defensive adaptations that have been even more admirable, of those who will play tonight only Matt Niskanen has played a full NHL season and with Kris Letang the latest to go down a key part of their league best powerplay is now missing.

Only Buffalo have scored less goals 5 on 5 than New York with a distinct lack of confidence and fluidity when carrying the puck through in transition. Too often attacks are breaking down unless they manage to turn it around quickly to utilise their speed. Never mind the Penguins' extensive injury list, on current form they are a great price at 2.30.

 

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 2.30.

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