We are less than two games into the 2022 NHL Playoffs and the Penguins vs Rangers already delivered a triple-overtime unforgettable performance that will be remembered forever as an all-time great game. It’s going to be nearly impossible to top what we saw in Game 1, but the New York Rangers will have to find a way to shake the disappointment that comes with losing a game like that in order to avoid going down two games in the series. Despite the loss, the Rangers caught a bit of a break, as the Penguins are now forced to start their third-string goaltender following an injury to their backup during the second overtime.
Let’s take a look at the NHL Playoffs betting odds, trends and picks for the game and give our Penguins vs Rangers prediction.
Penguins vs Rangers NHL Betting Preview and Stream
NHL Playoffs Game 2 (PIT Leads 1-0)
Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0, 1-0 Away) vs. New York Rangers (0-1, 0-1 Home)
Date: May 5, 2022
Time: 7 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
After a combined 151 shots on goal across nearly two full hockey games, it is very difficult to predict how Game 2 of this Penguins vs Rangers NHL Playoffs series will play out. Both teams are likely to have tired legs, which might mean a slow start and sloppy play. This can work for or against the goaltenders. Sometimes sloppy play means less quality scoring opportunities and easier saves. Other times, sloppy play will manifest itself defensively and make life harder on the goaltenders due to a lack of positioning or effort in front of the net.
Goaltending is the most intriguing part of this Game 2, as we have a matchup of the probable Vezina Trophy winner against a third-string goaltender who has the advantage of being fresh and is carrying confidence from stopping all 17 shots he faced after entering the game five periods deep. Pittsburgh outshot New York by 13 in regulation and 15 overall, forcing Igor Shesterkin to make an insane 79 total saves. The shots likely will not slow down, and Shesterkin will once again have to be the best player on the ice.
Penguins vs Rangers NHL Betting Odds & Spread
Moneyline: PIT: (+140) | NYR: (-160)
Puck Line: PIT: +1.5 (-220) | NYR: -1.5 (+180)
Total: 6 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
Team Totals: PIT o2.5 (-115) / u2.5 (-125) | NYR o3.5 (+105) / u3.5 (-145)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: PIT: (19%) | NYR: (81%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: PIT: (+1600) | NYR: (+1800)
Penguins vs Rangers Prediction
It is a true gamble to bet on the total goals scored in this Penguins vs Rangers NHL Playoffs Game 2, but we are going to take a shot. There is not much room for error at just a six-goal total, but are trusting the goaltenders to outshine and overcome two emotionally exhausted rosters. The Rangers know how dangerous the Penguins are, and cannot fall into a two-game hole in this series. New York will win a low-scoring battle that probably doesn’t see its first goal until at least the second period. Lay the juice with the Rangers moneyline and the under.
Our NHL Playoffs Penguins vs Rangers prediction tonight will be Rangers Moneyline.
For what it’s worth, numberFire gives the Rangers a 56.8% chance to win.
Penguins vs Rangers Prediction and Picks
Game Total – u6 (-105) / 1P u1.5 (-110)
New York Rangers – ML (-160)