Rangers vs Penguins Picks and Predictions for March 9

Updated: March 9, 2021

The Rangers are 6-3 over their last nine contests and rank second in the NHL in goals per game during that stretch at 3.56. Chris Kreider has a team-leading 13 tallies on the season.

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It’s a busy NHL betting night on Tuesday with nine games scheduled, including a tilt between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting New York Rangers. 

The two teams met Sunday night and the Penguins dismantled New York, winning 5-1 for their third victory in four games as they attempt to climb the bunched-up East Division standings.

Can a New York team that had won three straight and four of five before the blowout loss get back on track? Find out with our best free picks and predictions for Rangers vs. Penguins at 6:00 p.m. ET at PPG Paints Arena. 

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Rangers: Igor Shesterkin G (Questionable), Artemi Panarin LW (Out).
Penguins: Mark Friedman D (Out), Jared McCann LW (Questionable), Colton Sceviour C (Out), Jason Zucker LW (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Over is 10-1-2 in the last 13 head-to-head meetings in Pittsburgh. Find more NHL betting trends for Rangers vs. Penguins.

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The line opened at Pittsburgh -135, with the total at 6. Early action heavily favored the Penguins, moving the line to as high as Pittsburgh -159 at some books, while the Over/Under has held firm. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline pick

The Penguins are 7-3 over their last 10 contests and are within striking distance of first place in a crowded division that has seen the surging New York Islanders reach the top spot following a five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh has beaten those same Islanders three of four times during that 10-game span while splitting a two-game set with the Washington Capitals and taking two of three from the Philadelphia Flyers. 

They’ve benefitted from a better offense, led by Sidney Crosby’s team-high 22 points, and solid goaltending, but continue to get burned on the man advantage as one of the weaker penalty-killing teams in the NHL. That weak PK is especially troubling for a club that scuffles limiting high-danger scoring chances, as the powerplay is a prime situation for opposing teams to get off better looks on net.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have stepped up after a brutal start to the season and have won six of nine following their second four-game losing skid of the year. Pittsburgh has actually been one of the driving forces behind New York’s shoddy play, as the Blueshirts have lost four of five to the Penguins but the last contest was the only game that wasn’t competitive. The other three losses were all one-goal defeats, with two of them needing extra time to be decided. 

Pittsburgh is certainly the better team – it doesn’t help that the Rangers are without star forward Artemi Panarin and are getting nothing from Mika Zibanejad, a 40-goal scorer last season – but New York is playing better hockey and refused to let its season crater after a shaky start. Getting the Pens on the moneyline at -150 odds isn’t appealing, and the Rangers’ improved play, coupled with what should be a desire to enact revenge for Sunday’s stinker, have us tilting toward the underdog.

PREDICTION: Rangers (+130)

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Over/Under pick

Neither team is among the leaders when it comes to goal scoring (Pittsburgh ranks 15th, New York 20th), but the second halves of their seasons so far paint a different picture. 

Pittsburgh ranks sixth in goals per game throughout the 7-3 stretch over their last 10, averaging 3.30 tallies per contest. The Rangers are even better during that time (since February 17), scoring 3.56 goals per game – good for second in the NHL – while going 6-3. 

Since then, both teams have been fairly even in suppressing goals, both performing better than league average, which the Rangers have done all season. New York ranks ninth in the NHL in goals allowed per game at 2.70 but is currently without No. 1 netminder Igor Shesterkin, who has missed a couple of contests with a lower-body injury. A big reason the Rangers have held a lot of teams in check is that they’ve been the No. 2 penalty-killing unit in the NHL over the last three weeks. 

The Rangers and Penguins have gone 2-2-1 O/U in their five meetings and for the season New York is 8-14, while the Pens are 14-9. NHL totals are tough and this matchup, with the Over/Under set at six goals, is no different. The improved offenses of both clubs, however, leads us to the Over.

PREDICTION: Over 6 (-105)

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  • Rangers (+130)
  • Over 6 (-105)

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