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#23 Pittsburgh Penguins -140 vs.
#24 N.Y. Rangers 6.5
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by David Hess

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National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins grapple with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Penguins took three of the four meetings between these teams a year ago. Pittsburgh enters this game at 10-7 on the year while the Rangers check in at 7-8 so far.

Pens Survive Scare From Blackhawks

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be chasing after a Stanley Cup Title this year while the Chicago Blackhawks will be challenging for the pick in next year's NHL Draft. The Penguins faced the Blackhawks at home in their last game and they needed the shootout period to bet them 3-2. It would have been a bad loss as the Pens were favorites of -220 in the contest. Scoring the deciding goal in the shootout period was Jared McCann. Scoring in regulation was Jake Guentzel, which was his 8th of the year and Bryan Rust, which was his 5th. The Pens seem to be getting back on track as they have now won their last two games, after falling in five of their previous seven. The offense has been mediocre of late as the Penguins have averaged just 2.78 gpg over their last nine games, after putting up 4.00 gpg through their first eight games.

Snatching up the win against the Blackhawks was Matt Murray, who stopped 29 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-4 with a 2.35 GAA on the year while out on the road he has gone 3-1 with a 2.93 GAA. In his career, he has gone 49-31 with a 2.49 GAA on the road and 13-12 with a 2.83 GAA during the month of November, plus 6-1 with a 2.53 GAA against the Rangers. The Penguins enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.35 gpg and 7th in goals allowed at 2.59 gpg.

Rangers Suffer Tough Loss To The Panthers

The New York Rangers got off to another slow start as they went 3-6 through their first nine games, but they have started to play better of late as they Rangers come in having won four of their last six games. Unfortunately, one of their losses in their last six games was in their last game as they fell to the Florida Panthers at home by a score of 6-5 in a shootout. The Rangers trailed 2-1 after one but went ahead by outscoring the Panthers 4-2 in the 2nd period. Florida then tied it in the 3rd and eventually won the game in the shootout period. Scoring in the loss was Ryan Lindgren, which was the first of his career, Filip Chytil, which was his 4th of the year, Brady Skjei, which was his 2nd, Kaapo Kakko, which was his 4th and Chris Kreider, which was his 4th. The Rangers have had all sorts of issues on offense last year, but they are top 10 in scoring this year and have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last eight games.

Absorbing the loss to the Panthers was Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed five goals on 35 shot attempts to fall to 4-4 with a 3.23 GAA on the year, including 3-3 with a 3.29 GAA here at home. Getting the nod in this one will be Alexandar Georgiev and he has gone 3-4 with a 2.87 GAA on the year, including 1-3 with a 3.60 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 11-11 with a 2.67 GAA here at the Garden and 4-3 with a 2.80 GAA during the month of November, plus 2-2 with a 4.19 GAA against the Penguins. TheRangers enter this game ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.40 gpg and 23rd in goals allowed at 3.33 gpg.

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I like the Penguins in this game. The Rangers have been playing better of late, but Pittsburgh is still the better team. Alexandar Georgiev has a 4.19 GAA in his career against the Penguins and he is 1-3 with a 3.60 GAA here at home for the year while Murray has gone 3-1 with a 2.93 GAA on the road and 6-1 with a 2.53 GAA in his career against the Rangers.  The offenses are even in this one while the edge in the crease has to go to the Penguins. Pittsburgh has rattled off four wins in a row and I see them pushing their win streak against a Rangers team that they took three of four from last year. Pittsburgh is 6-0 in their last six games against the Metro Division and that is the clincher.

Prediction: Pittsburgh

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I can see this being a high-scoring game. The Penguins have the 9th ranked offense, putting up 3.35 gpg so far, which includes averaging 4.14 gpg on the road. The Rangers have been a better offensive team than they were a year ago and they have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last eight games. Matt Murray is usually better at home than on the road and Georgiev has a 3.60 GAA at home for the year and a 4.19 GAA against the Pens in his career. The Over is 6-0 in Pittsburgh's last six vs. the Eastern Conference and 9-3-1 in New York's last 13 games a home underdog of +110 to +150. That clinches it for me.

Prediction: Over
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.