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The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Matt McCuen breaks down this first-round matchup.

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction: Will the Rangers Defense Be the Difference in Game 1?

Rangers vs. Penguins Start Time and Where to Watch

Date: Tuesday, May 3

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction

The New York Rangers vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins has been a fierce rivalry over the years, and that rivalry will be renewed tonight in the world's most famous area. The Rangers enter play as the better seed and the favorites to win the series but do not overlook this Pittsburgh Penguins team. This is a Penguins team filled with playoff experience and Stanley cup rings on it. Sidney Crosby is the pack leader, and he will be making yet another playoff appearance at age thirty-four. The veteran will be playing in his eighty-third playoff game tonight. In those games, Crosby has thirty twenty goals while dishing out fifty-nine assists. Crosby and the Penguins have won three Stanley Cup championships together, and they will look to add to the trophy case this season.

They will be tasked with taking down one of the best teams in all of the NHL, led by thirty-year-old winger Art emu Panarin. Panarin put together an outstanding regular season for the Rangers, scoring twenty-two goals and dishing out seventy-four assists which ranked fourth in the NHL. The leading goal scorer for New York came in the form of left-winger Chris Krider who ranked third in the NHL, posting a career-high fifty-two goals. The goaltender play for the Rangers has been lights out all season long, led by Igor Sheskterkin, who led the NHL in goals against per game. He also ranked first in the league in save percentage and third in the league with six shutouts. He had as good of a season as any netminder in the league. 

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I am taking the home team tonight, the New York Rangers. I love the line we are getting here, and I expect an electric atmosphere in the garden tonight. I believe this series goes seven games, and home ice will play a huge factor in this type of series. I trust the Rangers on the defensive side of the puck more, and that is going to play a huge factor this postseason. We know how key the goaltender position is this time of year, and in my opinion, the Rangers have the best goalie in the league. The Rangers have had the Penguin's number as of their last three meetings head to head. The Penguins scored just three goals in those games combined, so the defense for the Rangers has been playing a big role. Let’s get a winner on the ice tonight! 

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Pick

Pick: New York Rangers ML -140 (Bet $140 to win $100)

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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