The New York Rangers try to earn a rare victory over their divisional rivals, and tonight they have an excellent chance of capitalizing on the visitors; struggles. Pittsburgh has lost its captain after a brutal injury, and Sidney Crosby joined Evgeni Malkin on the disabled list, leaving the Penguins without their top scorers.
Match: NY Rangers vs Pittsburgh
Bet: NY Rangers Moneyline
Odds: Unibet 2.00
Pittsburgh had played without Crosby for many games in the past, but losing him when they were on the verge of breaking the record for the longest streak of consecutive victories in NHL is frustrating. The entire team needs to rally to make his absence go unnoticed and some speculate that Evgeni Malkin will be used despite not being completely recovered. His upper body injury hasn’t completely healed, but the Penguins don’t have a choice and will need to take some chances if they want to keep producing a high number of goals.
They will need the best players on the ice if they are to prevail in New York, against a highly motivated team who won 11 games at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are tied with their city rivals for the eighth place in NHL and with only three weeks left before the regular season comes to an end, they can’t afford to leak points at home. After being shut down for two consecutive weeks, the Rangers won by four goals to two against Winnipeg while conceding just two.
Unibet regards the Penguins as slight favorites to win tonight, despite playing away from home without their captain and last season’s MVP. The Rangers have the best chance to cause an upset and with odds for a Moneyline bet standing as high as 2.00, there are no reasons to refrain from placing a wager.