New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds: 95% of Handle on Rangers to Advance

The New York Rangers will be taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the NHL playoffs. When looking at the New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds, the betting public is all over New York.
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New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds: 95% of Handle on Rangers to Advance

There's nothing quite like the NHL playoffs. After a long 82-game season, there are four rounds of grueling seven game series' in order to award a champion. In the first round, the New York Rangers are taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference side of the bracket.

When looking at the New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds, there is something that significantly jumps out when looking at both the bets percentage and the handle percentage. Here's a look at the full New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds breakdown.

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New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

TeamOpening OddsGame 1Bets%Handle%
Rangers-105-11088%95%
Penguins-115-11012%5%

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New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds: Line Movement

When the line opened, the Pittsburgh Penguins were considered a slight favorite at -115 or an implied chance of 53.49% of winning the series, now the New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds are even heading into Game 1 at -110 or a 52.38% chance of winning the series. The injury to Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry could play a factor in the line moving slightly. In his place, you can expect Casey DeSmith to start games for Pittsburgh.

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds: Bets% and Handle%

The number of bets in on the Rangers is staggering at 88%. Even with the lines even at -110, the handle percentage is heavily skewed to the Rangers in this series with an impressive 95% of the money in on New York to advance past the Pittsburgh Penguins. The betting data for the New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds is the biggest variance between any two teams facing off in the first round.

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New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds Final Thoughts

The biggest factor for the New York Rangers will be Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin is on his way to winning his first Vezina Trophy with a .935 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average. Shesterkin had just one test in the playoff bubble of 2020 when he allowed three goals on 30 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes for the Canes to complete the series sweep in the qualifying round.

This is his first real test in the playoffs and it will be against a veteran team who has a ton of playoff experience in the Pittsburgh Penguins. I was surprised to see the public backing the Rangers to the extent that they are when looking at the New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins odds. I would lean towards the Rangers too but 95% of the handle is truly staggering.

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OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.

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