New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 3/9/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+120) Penguins (-143)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-9-1) host the New York Rangers (10-10-3) at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. The Rangers open this game at +120 while the Penguins are coming in at -143. The over/under is set at 6.5.
The Rangers will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-1 defeat against the Penguins in their last game. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 57.7% and their PDO was 76.6 for this game. They accounted for 20 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick against finished at 22, giving them a Fenwick rate of 54.2%. The Corsi for the Rangers came in at 35 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 31 which means they had a Corsi rate of 53.0%. New York compiled 2 mins in the box in this matchup. Moreover, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to make the most of that try. The Rangers didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they were able to notch a goal on 1 of the 24 shots they attempted.
When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the New York Rangers have tallied 65 goals (22nd in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have allowed 62. For the year, the have a total of 23 points and their points % is .500. New York has compiled 84 power play chances and they have notched 13 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 15.48%. At even strength, the Rangers have given up 52 goals while notching 52 on offense. New York has tried 678 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.6%. The Rangers have had 674 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .908. New York Rangers opponents have recorded 77 power play tries (15th in the NHL) and have earned 10 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Igor Shesterkin. The opposition has racked up 60 goals against Shesterkin in his career and his goals against average is 2.41. Shesterkin has taken the ice for 27 contests over the course of his pro hockey career. He has a save percentage of .927 during his 1,496 mins played. He has accumulated an overall record of 16-9-1 and he has gotten the start in 25 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Shesterkin has 17 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .680. Shesterkin has seen 817 shot attempts against him and has recorded 757 total saves.
In their win over the Rangers, Pittsburgh wound up with a 47.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Pittsburgh played and they played a solid game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 45.8% with a Fenwick of 22 and the Rangers having accrued a 26 Fenwick. Their PDO at even strength was 123 and their percentage of oZS was 42.3%. The Penguins tallied 5 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this one but were not able to net one.
Pittsburgh has put up 691 shots (20th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.71%, while allowing their opponents 702 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 73.97% on their opponents 73 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.3%. They have earned 71 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 16.90%. The Penguins have accumulated 62 goals at even strength and 12 goals (25th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have granted a total of 75 goals to be scored by way of 56 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have tallied 74 goals, 29 points, in addition to a points percentage of .604.
Across the ice you are expected to see Tristan Jarry between the pipes. He has racked up 2,053 stops out of the 2,255 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .910. Jarry has amassed a career record of 43-27-5 and has been in goal for 79 games. He has made the start in 74 games and his ice time sits at 4,451 mins. Jarry's percentage of quality starts is 58.1% and he has accumulated 43 quality starting assignments in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.72 goals per contest and he has relinquished 202 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+120)
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