The New York Rangers are coming back home hoping to stay alive in the series against Pittsburgh as they are hosting the Penguins with a 3-1 deficit in Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY on May 11, 2022.
- New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
- NHL – Playoffs, Eastern Conference First Round, Game 5
- Date – 11/5/2022
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
New York Rangers Stats & Form
The New York Rangers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 52-24-6 record which sounded very promising as they had a home court advantage in the opening playoff round.
Anyway, things took a wrong turn from the start of the series against the Penguins as a goalie mistake cost them Game 1 at home which set the tone for the rest of the series.
Now the Rangers are facing a 3-1 deficit as the series returns to MSG.
New York has a 52-24-6 record overall and a 14-8-1 record in Metropolitan Division games. The Rangers have a 17-6-3 record in games decided by a goal.
Chris Kreider has 52 goals and 25 assists for the Rangers. Andrew Copp has scored six goals and added two assists over the past 10 games.
The Rangers are 4-5-1 in the last 10 games, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.3 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.
New York Rangers News
Barclay Goodrow, Samuel Blais, Ryan Lindgren and Tyler Motte will not play for the Rangers.
Pittsburgh Penguins Stats & Form
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished the regular season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 46-25-11 record and not many gave them a standing chance to go for a deep playoff run.
But the Penguins are an experienced squad that has gone through many Playoff battles and is taking care of the Rangers so far in the series. The Penguins scored 7 goals in each of the last two games despite the fact that the Rangers were the second-best defensive team in the league this season allowing only 2.5 goals per game.
Pittsburgh is 46-25-11 overall with a 13-8-3 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins are 34-7-5 in games they score at least three goals.
Kris Letang has 10 goals and 58 assists for the Penguins. Jake Guentzel has scored eight goals with four assists over the past 10 games.
The Penguins are 6-4-0 in the last 10 games, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.4 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Penguins News
Nathan Beaulieu and Tristan Jarry will not suit up for the Penguins.
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Head-to-Head Stats
Both teams have won 5 of the last 10 head-to-head meetings with the New York Rangers winning the last three games.
The last four games between these two teams have finished over 5.5 goals.
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds
The New York Rangers are slight favourites in this game with 118 odds to win while the Penguins are at 168. The draw is set at 350.
The total goals margin is set at 6 with both ways at 110.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to get a pair of dominant home wins against the Rangers scoring 7 goals in each of Games 3 and 4 and now lead the series 3-1 heading back to New York. The veteran Penguins squad are just proving to be too much for the Rangers and now they have a chance to put an end to the Rangers season in front of their home fans on Wednesday night.
Sidney Crosby has turned back the clock and now has 9 total points in the series following his one goal and three assist performance in Game 4. His teammate Jake Guentzel has also scored a goal, and now leads all players in the playoffs with five.
Coming back from a 1-3 deficit has been done 30 times in NHL history but we haven’t seen anything that suggests that the Rangers will come even close to that. The Penguins will take care of business tonight at MSG and advance to the second round.