Only two days ago, the Rangers crushed the Penguins by six goals to one at Madison Square Garden and the New Yorkers are confident in their ability to repeat that performance in Pittsburgh. The hosts will be once again playing without Sidney Crosby, but home ice advantage should be enough for them to prevail despite his absence.
Match: Pittsburgh vs NY Rangers
Odds: Unibet 2.15
It is no coincidence that Pittsburgh saw its long winning streak snapped after 15 consecutive games, exactly when Crosby suffered an injury. Their inspirational captain will be sidelined for a few days with a broken jaw, but the Penguins will need to find the resources to stay atop the Atlantic division in his absence. Evgeni Malkin returned at the best possible moment and the former MVP should provide the offensive outburst that Pittsburgh needs to overpower their defensive minded opponents.
The Rangers have finally found a way to the opponents’ net and scored six goals against Fleury, but the Penguins will start with the same goalkeeper. Except for the recent meltdown, he’s been sharp against the New Yorkers and his home ice percentage is impressive. For the visitors there is no question of whether Lundqvist will feature in the net or not, as the Swedish goalie is one of the best players in their roster.
Only fools don’t change their opinions regardless of the new facts that are presented to them, so those who followed our advice and backed the Rangers a few days ago, should trust the Penguins without hesitations. Unibet has odds of 2.15 for a regulation time victory and even without Sidney Crosby, this team can triumph at home over the New Yorkers.