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Penguins vs. Rangers Game 5 Stanley Cup playoffs preview, odds, prediction

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) pokes the puck under the pad of New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) for a goal.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

This was not exactly how Igor Shesterkin or the New York Rangers had envisioned the series going, but the Blue Shirts will try to keep their season alive in a win-or-go-home Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. 

Pittsburgh has given a young Rangers squad a run for its money all series and has driven Shesterkin from the net in consecutive games. The Rangers have struggled to contain the Penguins’ offense since the series shifted to the Steal City, allowing a combined 14 goals in their last two games. 

As the series shifts back to Manhattan, for possibly the final time, New York will look to cut the series deficit to 3-2 and force the Penguins to make another trip back to PPG Paints Arena for Game 6 on Friday. 

NEW YORK RANGERS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

How to Watch

Date: Wednesday, May 11. 

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

TV: MSG, ESPN

Tale of the Tape

Rangers Stat Penguins
52–24–6 Record  46–25–11
3.50 Goals per game 5.00
42.0 SOG per game 50.5
5.00 Goals against per game 3.50
Igor Shesterkin Starting goalie Louis Domingue
.905 Starting goalie save % .906
33.3 Power Play % 22.2

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New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) plays the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden.Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers leaders:

  • LW Artemi Panarin: 5 points, 2 goals, 3 assists 
  • C Andrew Copp: 3 points, 3 goals, 0 assists
  • LW Chris Kreider: 4 points, 2 goals, 2 assists 
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue (70) and center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers in game four of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena.Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Penguins leaders:

  • C Sidney Crosby: 9 points, 2 goals, 7 assists
  • C Jake Guentzel: 6 points, 5 goals, 1 assist
  • RW Bryan Rust: 5 points, 1 goal, 4 assists

Odds, Lines, and More:

Rangers Moneyline: -130 

Penguins Moneyline: +108

Spread: Rangers -1.5

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The Pick:

The Penguins have proven that even with the team’s best years behind them that they still have plenty of fight left in them. Pittsburgh has gotten strong efforts out of its key player and scoring has come from up and down its lineup. Add to that the most unlikely of playoff heroes so far in Louis Domingue answering the call after Casey DeSmith was injured in Game 1. 

The Pens have outscored the Rangers 20-14 in this series and 14-6 in the last two games alone. They were held to just two goals in Game 4 and despite being the favorite for the Vezina, Igor Shesterkin has had his night end early twice in the series. To say it just hasn’t gone the Rangers’ way may be an understatement. 

Pittsburgh should close the door on Game 5 and the series and finally move past their first-round shortcomings of the past. 

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