The Penguins are steamrolling over their Atlantic division rivals and have already defeated the Rangers twice this season. Now they also have home ice advantage and with Sidney Crosby in great form, it is hard to believe that they will fail to secure another regulation time victory over New York.
Match: Pittsburgh vs NY Rangers
Odds: Unibet 2.00
Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss for the forth consecutive game as the reigning MVP is still recovering from an upper-body injury. This is bad news for the Penguins, but on the other hand they’ve been playing without him before and managed to extend the winning streak to seven in a row. Pittsburgh won all the games that reached overtime but secured most of the points in 60 minutes, which makes them a hard nut to crack by any opponent.
For the reeling Rangers, this confrontation couldn’t have come at a worse time as their offensive players are struggling to score goals. They’ve lost three out of four games and in those three defeats scored just four goals, rendering Lundqvist’s effort useless. The goalkeeper did his job in all of these matches but in the absence of an hermetic defense, he could only do that much. Powerplays are the Rangers’ Achilles heel and the Penguins will not provide them with too many chances to have an extra man on the ice.
It is hard to deny evidence and now that Pittsburgh rides a seven games winning streak, backing them at full stakes looks like a common sense decision. Unibet’s odds of 2.00 for a regulation time victory are the best and warrant a confident wager on the Penguins to extend their winning streak to eight in a row.