Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Expert NHL Picks Against the Spread 11/12/2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Madison Square Garden
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (7-6-2, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The Rangers open this game at -115 while the Penguins are priced at -105. The over/under has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 56.3% of the time, having gone 9-7 SU. The Rangers are covering 46.7% of the time, going 7-8 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice holding a record of 10 wins and 6 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 57 goals which has them at 6th in the East and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +13, putting them at 3rd in the NHL. The Penguins have a total of 21 pts, which has them at 12th in the NHL and 8th in the East. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they have a total of 586 which has them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the NHL. As a team, Pittsburgh has compiled a total of 379 hits which means they are averaging 22.3 per game. They have a total of 164 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has played a total of 816 mins in net for the year. Murray is surrendering 2.35 goals per contest which has him sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 32 goals. He has a save % of .916 which has him sitting 8th in the Eastern Conference.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in their previous contest. The Penguins offense showed they have some room for improvement in the win. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 31 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't net one. Pittsburgh racked up 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Penguins was 36 and the Corsi against was 38 giving them a Corsi percentage of 48.6%. Their Fenwick was 27 while the Fenwick against sat at 28, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 49.1%. They took 19 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 46.5% and they had a PDO of 100.0 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks tallied a total of 31 shots. They finished with 6 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Rangers will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 7 victories and 6 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they currently sit 10th in the conference and 16th in the league with +1. They currently have a total of 51 goals for the season which has them sitting at 10th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save percentage of .908 which currently has them ranked 16th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.5% putting them at 2nd in the conference. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a tough season by allowing 3.23 goals against average and that ranks him 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 37th among goalies in the NHL. In the 520 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 28 goals. His save % is .915, which puts him at 9th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th among goalies in the NHL.
The New York Rangers opposed the Florida Panthers in a game where the Rangers took a loss by a final of 6 - 5. For this matchup, New York went home with a 46.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 38 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 43. They had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Panthers having earned a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and they showed up in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 93.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 50.8%. The Rangers notched 5 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and were able to net 2 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Panthers had 3 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. New York gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Panthers racked up a total of 13 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-105)
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