When: 7:00 PM EST, January 21, 2021
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Puckline: Rangers -1.5 / +155 | Penguins +1.5 / -175
Moneyline: Rangers -160 / Penguins +140
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 6.5
New York Rangers
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Home Record: 2-0-0-0
New York Rangers Vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game Day Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins find their lineup in defense flux just a few days into the 2021 NHL year.
The Penguins look to overcome that burden against the visiting New York Rangers and earn their third straight victory. This Rangers team is playing their first road game of the year.
New York Rangers
“One of the things we were pretty good at the second half of last year, we were a pretty good road team,” New York coach David Quinn said. “Hopefully, we can continue that.”
The Rangers recently avoided a couple injury scares.
Center Mika Zibanejad slammed into the boards Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Also, winger Brendan Lemieux participated in practice on Thursday after getting banged up against the Devils.
“They’ll be ready to go for Friday,” Quinn said.
The New York Rangers have logged eight goals and given up eight goals in the early stages of the season.
Look for the Rangers team to get center Ryan Strome going tonight. He, has yet to record a point and registered just six shots this year. He had a career-high 59 points (18 goals, 41 assists) in 70 games in 2019-20.
“(Strome) is still trying to find his game,” Quinn said. “He’s not happy with the way things have gone in these three games, but, obviously, we need him at the top of his game if we’re going to have a chance.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Juuso Riikola tonigh. Pettersson is out week-to-week and Riikola is sidelined long term after sustaining upper-body injuries in the Penguins’ 5-4 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh’s top three defensemen — Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin and John Marino — are locks to face the Rangers, but it is unclear who will man the other three spots.
Pierre-Olivier Joseph has been one of Pittsburgh’s top prospects since he was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes in June 2019. The 21-year-old could make his NHL debut.
“He’s ahead of his development curve from where we see him,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He certainly deserves his opportunity to play.”
Rangers Vs Penguins Facts
- Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 overall.
- Penguins are 6-13 in their last 19 overall.
- Over is 16-3-3 in the last 22 meetings.
New York Rangers Vs Pittsburgh Penguins Alternative Fantasy Hockey-Statement Games Picks
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Rangers 4 Penguins 3 (OT)
10 PT Pick: Marcus Petterson & Kris Letang UNDER 0.5 Combined PTS
9 PT Pick: Total Shots OVER 59.5
8 PT Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins Will NOT WIN By OVER 1.5 Goals