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NHL : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 10/17/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH
 
NY RANGERS
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6
 
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Final
4

PITTSBURGH (3-2-0-1, 7 pts.) at NY RANGERS (1-5-0-0, 2 pts.)
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Tuesday, 10/17/2017 7:05 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: PITTSBURGH - MATT MURRAY, NY RANGERS - HENRIK LUNDQVIST
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
51PITTSBURGH-120Ov 6,-110-120Ov 6,+100
52NY RANGERS+100Un 6,-110+100Un 6,-120
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games3-3-0-0.63-3-0.64-23.334.24.234.3
Team Stats (Road Games)1-2-0-0.81-2-0.82-12.735.05.733.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.23-2+1.23-23.234.44.034.4
vs. Division1-0-0+1.21-0+1.20-13.036.02.022.0
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)620686002059.8%26726.9%39
Team Stats (Road Games)38242001057.6%13538.5%16
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)516574001729.3%21628.6%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)1311100368.3%6350.0%6
Stats Against (All Games) 2591051020612.1%29413.8%45
Stats Against (Road Games) 177730010017.0%15213.3%32
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 207940017211.6%25312.0%37
Stats Against (vs. Division) 201100229.1%400.0%4
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
MATT MURRAY (All Games)5415914389.9%13-1+1.33-1-0+12-2
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)21534584.9%01-0+1.21-0-0+10-1
MATT MURRAY (vs. Division)11222090.9%01-0+1.21-0-0+10-1
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)4312511491.2%13-0+3.23-0-0+31-2
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games1-5-0-6.21-5-6.22-42.233.53.531.0
Team Stats (Home Games)1-3-0-4.21-3-4.21-31.732.02.525.5
Last 5 Games1-4-0-4.21-4-4.21-42.232.43.432.0
vs. Division0-2-0-2.60-2-2.60-21.534.53.031.0
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)613742002016.5%23521.7%21
Team Stats (Home Games)47412001285.5%16318.7%11
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511542001626.8%17317.6%18
Team Stats (vs. Division)2311100694.3%700.0%2
Stats Against (All Games) 219480318611.3%24625.0%32
Stats Against (Home Games) 10433021029.8%15320.0%16
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 177370216010.6%19526.3%25
Stats Against (vs. Division) 603301629.7%8112.5%10
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)5514012891.4%11-4-4.61-4-0-52-3
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)33817693.8%11-2-2.71-2-0-31-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)11424095.2%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411510692.2%11-3-2.61-3-0-31-3
ONDREJ PAVELEC (All Games)21433786.0%00-1-1.60-1-0-20-1
ONDREJ PAVELEC (Home Games)11191684.2%00-1-1.60-1-0-20-1
ONDREJ PAVELEC (vs. Division)11191684.2%00-1-1.60-1-0-20-1
ONDREJ PAVELEC (Last 4 Games)21433786.0%00-1-1.60-1-0-20-1
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.79,  NY RANGERS 3.02
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/4/2017ST LOUIS4-5L0, -180L5.5 unO
10/5/2017at CHICAGO1-10L0, +110L5.5 ovO
10/7/2017NASHVILLE4-0W0, -155W6 evU
10/11/2017at WASHINGTON3-2W0, +115W6 evU
10/12/2017at TAMPA BAY4-5L0, +130L6.5 unO
10/14/2017FLORIDA4-3W0, -165W5.5 ovO
10/17/2017at NY RANGERS 
10/20/2017at FLORIDA 
10/21/2017at TAMPA BAY 
10/24/2017EDMONTON 
10/26/2017WINNIPEG 
10/28/2017at MINNESOTA 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/5/2017COLORADO2-4L0, -210L5.5 evO
10/7/2017at TORONTO5-8L0, +130L6 ovO
10/8/2017MONTREAL2-0W0, -125W5.5 unU
10/10/2017ST LOUIS1-3L0, -155L5.5 ovU
10/13/2017at COLUMBUS1-3L0, +125L5.5 unU
10/14/2017NEW JERSEY2-3L0, -160L5.5 ovU
10/17/2017PITTSBURGH 
10/19/2017NY ISLANDERS 
10/21/2017NASHVILLE 
10/23/2017SAN JOSE 
10/26/2017ARIZONA 
10/28/2017at MONTREAL 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PITTSBURGH: Key additions: D Matt Hunwick (Maple Leafs), F Ryan Reaves (trade with Blues), G Antti Niemi (Stars)
Key Losses: G Marc-Andre Fleury (Golden Knights), F Nick Bonino (Predators), D Trevor Daley (Red Wings), F Chris Kunitz (Lightning), D Ron Hainsey (Maple Leafs), F Matt Cullen (Wild), D Mark Streit (Canadiens)
OUTLOOK: A lot of familiar faces are gone, but there's probably not a better team stocked from top to bottom for another run. They have elite playoff experience, elite goal scorers and soon-to-be elite up-and-comers. The bar is high.
NY RANGERS: Key additions: D Kevin Shattenkirk (Capitals), D Anthony DeAngelo (trade with Coyotes), G Ondrej Pavelec (Jets), F David Desharnais (Canadiens)
Key Losses: F Derek Stepan (trade with Coyotes), G Antti Raanta (trade with Coyotes), D Dan Girardi (Lightning), F Oscar Lindberg (Golden Knights), D Kevin Klein (retired)
OUTLOOK: The defense is better, but there are question marks at center and regarding Henrik Lundqvist's durability over the long haul. Caught in between a rebuild and a run at it all, they seem more like a fringe contender.
PREVIEW
Rangers aim for turnaround against Penguins

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference at 1-5-0, their worst start since 1980. They are desperate for a victory, and the good news is their next game is on home ice Tuesday night.

The bad news is their opponent is the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won three of four and have owned the Rangers in recent years. The Penguins captured 10 of their past 14 meetings with New York, including a five-game win in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.

"I've never had a start like this in my career, so it's tough mentally for sure," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said to the New York Daily News. "By no means is this group going to quit, I know that for a fact. And I know that we will keep working here and trust our system and we'll start playing the way we need to with a little more edge, a little bit more desperation.

"Hopefully this is rock bottom here early on and a real gut-check time, and understanding what's expected of us individually and as a group."

The Penguins (3-2-1) dropped their first two games before turning it around, but coach Mike Sullivan sees room for improvement in an area where the team excelled last season -- getting pucks on net.

After finishing first in that category last season, the Penguins are just 10th in the early going.

"We pass up opportunities to put the puck on the net when we're in pretty good areas because we're looking for that next play, and sometimes, or a lot of times, that next play never materializes," Sullivan said.

The problem is asking players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel to abandon their creative natures to shoot more.

"They're always looking to make that play to try and set up a goal, and that's part of what makes them elite," Sullivan said. "There's always that delicate balance, and as a coaching staff, we don't want to get in the way of their instincts. We certainly don't want to force them to shoot all the time, because that's what separates our guys from others."

Malkin and Kessel, who have been on a line together this season, have combined for just two goals in six games, and just one goal at even strength. Malkin believes that Sullivan has a point about being a little less fancy and a little more direct.

"We try to play beautiful every time," Malkin said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's not working. We need to change our game and play a little bit straight-line to the net.

"Me and Phil, we look to each other too much. When he plays with (the) puck, he stops in the offensive zone and looks to me. Same with me. Sometimes, we need to just go to net. Simple play, rebound, wait for (the) puck around the net and go to the net more."

The Rangers simply want to put together a solid 60-minute effort. In their 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Rangers dominated the first period only to fade over the final 40 minutes. A performance like that against the Penguins likely would result in a bad start getting even worse.

"The problem right now is we can't put a full 60 minutes together," Rangers forward Rick Nash said to the New York Post. "It's surprising we couldn't keep it going.

"It's easy to point fingers right now and get on top of each other, but good teams get through things like this and come out even better."


Last Updated: 11/23/2017 12:31:29 PM EST


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