NHL Picks, Bets Today: The Rangers’ latest streak at Penguins, Capitals at Panthers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have the New York Rangers on edge. Sidney Crosby and the pens forced Igor Shesterkin to withdraw in back-to-back games and continued to dominate the blue shirts. For some reason, Rangers are a favorite at this restaurant located in Madison Square Garden.

Florida got a much-needed equalizer in Monday’s game with a goalkeeper drawn and ultimately won it in overtime. Did the momentum shift in that series?

Outside of the West, the Stars and Flames are restricted to two matches apiece. Similar to the Washington-Florida series, it appears that Calgary is beginning to show its dominance in the series.

Wednesday’s Stanley Cup schedule:

  • Fifth game: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers – 7 p.m. ET – ESPN, CBC, SN
  • Fifth game: Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers – 7:30 PM ET – ESPN2, SN360
  • Fifth game: Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames – 9:30 p.m. ET – ESPN, CBC, SN

Each day during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Athletic writers will pick their picks straight up. We put our picks, TV broadcast schedule, coverage of all series, as well as the latest possibilities, all in one place so it’s easy for fans to understand and follow. Our in-depth NHL coverage is linked below the selections. For live NHL odds from BetMGM, click here.

Capitals in leopards

a team money line Total
+185

O 6.5 (-120)

-225

U 6.5 (+100)

Synopsis by Mark Lazeros

Game 4: Panthers 3, Capitals 2 (overtime) | 2-2 . tied series

Who was the man? Was Carter Verhaghi about to do Evgeny Kuznetsov’s bird celebration after his overtime win? He had his arms wide open above his head and seemed ready to flutter. But unfortunately, before he could, he found himself in a Radko Gudas bear hug and then a full hug of the Panthers. Regardless, Verhaeghe’s second goal of the match – a beautiful one from the far side, over the top shelf for a one-off from his own bounce – tied the score 2-2. That gave the Panthers, whose quick attack was largely hampered by the Capitals in the series, a chance to exhale after Washington was barely two minutes away from 3-1 control of the series.

What was the key? We’ve seen a lot of early goalkeepers pull off this post-season, usually during desperate moments when teams are chasing more than one goal. It didn’t end well for anyone. Until Monday night. With Washington leading 2-1 on a Kuznetsov goal in the third half (more on that later), Panthers coach Andrew Brunet took the opportunity and pulled in an extra striker Sergei Bobrovsky with more than three minutes left. This almost backfired, as Garnet Hathaway hit the side of the net from about 130 feet away in the ensuing standoff. But a minute later, Sam Reinhart showed some great hand-eye coordination, throwing a puck out of the air, dropping it to his feet and hitting it with an equalizer at 17:56 of the third.

Basic stats: Washington had 16 shots on target. sixteen. In the game he went to work overtime.

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


The penguins in the Rangers

a team money line Total

+110

O 6 (-120)

-135

U 6 (+100)

Game 4: Penguin 7, Rangers 2 | Pittsburgh leads 3-1

Abstract by Shayna Goldman

Who was the man? It’s Sidney Crosby’s world and we just live in it. Everyone is probably tired of talking about how special he has been this season, but he’s one of the best players in the league and he’s showing that in post-season. The midfielder finished the match with a goal and two passes to lead all skaters with three points. At the age of five, penguins have generated 90.9 percent of their expected target share with him on the ice — yes, you read that right, 90.9 percent. This entire top streak had an expected target rate of 92.8 percent.

Basic stats: from where we start? Choose stats, any statistic. It will show that one team is totally thriving and the other is faltering. What about high-risk shots? Before the Rangers towed Igor Shesterkin, they were 15-0 in Pittsburgh’s favour. The penguins finished at 20, while New York just rallied One. This is no way to challenge Luis Domingo’s third goalkeeper.

Rangers concern meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯…maybe there was just something about Rangers’ five-on-five offensive struggle all year.

Penguin anxiety counter: 🤠… Pittsburgh gained the 3-1 lead with the third goalkeeper, main forward and defender.

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


stars in flames

a team money line Total

+185

O 5.5 (+105)

-225

U 5.5 (-130)

Abstract by Sean Gentile

Game 4: Flames 4, Stars 1 | 2-2 . tied series

Who was the man? We have to pick one person here, right? Can’t just give the second line of Flames or something like that? Okay. It’s Jacob Markstrom. Yes, Calgary finally broke through Dallas’ defensive levee and avoided losing 3-1 to a team almost no one chose to beat – but none of that matters if Markstrom doesn’t keep the game until midway through the second half or help Calgary hold out a 1-0 lead for nearly 18 minute after that. He finished with 34 saves on 35 shots (including all five-star high-risk chances) and saved goals with an above-expected 2.9, per Natural Stat Trick.

Basic stats: Calgary had 20 high-stakes chances on the same strength. Dallas had seven.

The moment it’s over: When Elias Lindholm put in a Calgary lead 3-0 with a wide shot from the high hole at 11:53 of the third inning. He was open with an appearance of equal strength and unhurried as the Flames had all the chains – the exact kind of opportunity that Dallas effectively blocked. Not for nothing, Jake Oettinger’s side has had a high blocker. He’s saved more than his share of those so far. It felt like the lights went out after that.

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Snap logs (until Sunday night)

writer register

Jesse Granger

20-12

Luszczyszyn . house

19-13

Shawn Mackendo

19-13

Kevin Kurtz

17-15

Shayna Goldman

18-14

Shawn Kind

15-17

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(Sidney Crosby and Alexander Georgiev photo: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

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