Date/Time: April 3rd, 2013 7:30 PM ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Rangers -109
With the longest winning streak in the league by the boards, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to start a new streak on Wednesday night in NHL betting action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
All good things must come to an end at some point, and for the Penguins, their 15-game winning streak ended at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres at home on Tuesday night. We knew that it was coming at some point though, and the way that the team looks right now isn’t quite as strong as it was at the start of this run, nor does it look as strong as it inevitably will in a few weeks. RW Jarome Iginla and LW Brenden Morrow are both still trying to get acclimated with their new surroundings. Iginla did score the lone goal against the Sabres on Tuesday, marking his first point with his new team, but Morrow has yet to get his name in the scoring column. C Sidney Crosby is out for the foreseeable future with a broken jaw as well. Needless to say, there has been a lot of juggling with this lineup. That being said, if the goaltending stays firm, there is no reason not to think that this won’t be a team that wins a heck of a lot more often than it loses. G Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to be the man in the pipes in this one, knowing that G Tomas Vokoun got the nod on Tuesday.
The Rangers are really starting to get desperate at this point, as they are barely hanging onto their position in the playoffs with the trade deadline looming. The team was held scoreless for 128:06 consecutively before scoring against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. That first goal was the start of an avalanche of four strikes for the hosts at Madison Square Garden, and the hope is that the offense can once again get the job done on Wednesday night. The addition of RW Ryan Clowe from the San Jose Sharks should help even though Clowe doesn’t have a goal on the season. There’s also a real question as to whether he will be available for this game or not. Keep a close eye on the status of RW Marian Gaborik as well, as he is on the trading block and could be moved by the deadline this afternoon.
We have to think that the oddsmakers are only basing this game off of emotion and nothing else. The Penguins have dominated in this series, winning seven games in a row and winning all seven by at least two goals. It’s tough in this situation with so many players being called up, sent down, traded, and perhaps getting acclimated, that the Rangers should be favored in this game. Pittsburgh is still a well-oiled machine at this point, and it should claim the ‘W’ in this one on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +103
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