When: 7:00 PM EST, February 1, 2021
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Puckline: Penguins -1.5 / +210 | Rangers +1.5 / +260
Moneyline: Penguins -110 | Rangers -110
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 6.5
Road Record: 1-3-1-0
New York Rangers
Home Record: 1-2-1-0
Pittsburgh Penguins Vs New York Rangers Game Day Preview
The difference between the early performances of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers can be found in one-goal games.
Pittsburgh heads into Madison Square Garden again with three victories by a goal in the first three meetings with the Rangers.
The Rangers can not hold onto lead for their 2 point lives.
The Penguins are 5-0-1 in one-goal games so far and their one-goal wins are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the league lead. The Penguins also are 5-1-1 in their past seven games after getting outscored 11-5 in their first two games at Philadelphia.
On Saturday, the Penguins picked up their fourth win beyond regulation and second over the Rangers when Sidney Crosby scored 2:27 into overtime.
Crosby’s game-winner occurred after Jake Guentzel tied the game midway through the third period and capped a night that saw Pittsburgh squander three one-goal leads.
“I think it builds character for the group,” Crosby said. “If you continue to put yourself in that situation, that’s not necessarily the formula to have success. We’ve got to find a way to get leads, hold them and build momentum from them.”
Crosby’s goal also improved the Penguins to 3-3-1 when trailing after two periods so far and Saturday was a strong response to a 4-1 loss in Boston on Thursday. It also capped a night when the Penguins were down to five healthy defenseman after losing Kris Letang to a lower-body injury midway through the first period that may keep him sidelined Monday.
New York Rangers
There was a physical altercation between Tony DeAngelo and Alex Georgiev outside the locker room following Saturday night’s 5-4 overtime defeat to the Penguins. As a result, at the team placing No. 77 on waivers.
K’Andre Miller broke up the altercation. A remark from DeAngelo to the goaltender just as the team left the ice sparked the incident.
No other players were involved in the incident.
The New York Rangers are also having a hard time protecting leads and closing out games.
“It’s a recurring thing at this point,” New York’s Chris Kreider said. “We’ve shown what we can do in spurts. We understand what we need to do to be successful, and then they crank up the intensity a little bit in the third period and all of a sudden we get away from it.”
New York’s only one-goal win was Thursday’s 3-2 victory in Buffalo when rookie Alexis Lafreniere scored 2:47 into overtime.
Penguins Vs Rangers Facts
- Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
- Rangers are 2-10 in their last 12 overall.
- Penguins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings against the Rangers.
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