Rangers vs. Penguins: Predictions, odds, schedule, TV channels, live streams for first round in 2022 NHL Playoffs

Rangers vs. Penguins: Predictions, odds, schedule, TV channels, live streams for first round in 2022 NHL Playoffs

The young buck meets the grizzled. That’s the feel of the Rangers-Penguins first-round series. 

The Rangers surprised a lot of people this season. It’s one of the youngest teams in the league, but they found a way to finish second in the Metropolitan thanks to a sensational season from Igor Shesterkin and some prospects taking the next step in development. 

As a result, New York is in the playoffs after missing the postseason three out of their last four years and even when they technically made the postseason, it was in 2020 during the expanded 24-team playoffs that New York grabbed the final spot. 

The Penguins are looking to make one last go-around with the group of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, as the last two are pending free agents. They were able to overcome the absence of Crosby and Malkin at the beginning of the season and put together a solid campaign. 

For Pittsburgh, it will have to start the series without starting goaltender Tristan Jarry, who is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. It already has been announced that he will miss at least the first two games of the series. 

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The series begins with Game 1 on Tuesday, May 3. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup between the Penguins and Rangers.

Key storyline: How much will the absence of Tristan Jarry affect the Penguins?

If you had told a Penguins fans right after the 2021 postseason that Jarry would not be their Game 1 starter next year, they would start doing flips and somersaults in celebration. 

But that’s not the case. While Jarry was a postseason liability last season, he greatly improved since then, putting together a really solid 2021-22 campaign. He went 34-18-6 with a 2.42 GAA and .919 SV%. 

However, now he’s out to start the playoffs and the Penguins are turning to Casey DeSmith instead. The backup had decent numbers this season for Pittsburgh (11-6-5, 2.79 GAA, .924 SV%), but he has zero postseason experience. And now he’s tasked with having to out-duel the best goalie in the league this season. 

Rangers vs. Penguins schedule, TV channels

(All times Eastern)

Date SiteTime (ET)TV
Tue., May 3at New York7 p.m.ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Thu., May 5at New York7 p.m.TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Sat., May 7at Pittsburgh7 p.m.TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Mon., May 9at Pittsburgh7 p.m.ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
*Wed., May 11at New YorkTBDTBD
*Fri., May 13at PittsburghTBDTBD
*Sun., May 15at New YorkTBDTBD

*If necessary

Rangers vs. Penguins odds

Rangers: -116

Penguins: -104

Odds provided by Sports Interaction

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Rangers vs. Penguins prediction

If Jarry was playing, I think the Penguins have a better chance. But I don’t have nearly enough faith in DeSmith to lead the team to success in this series. 

The Rangers feel like the hungrier team heading into this series, with Pittsburgh slipping to end the season. And plus, can we really doubt Shesterkin and his ability to carry this Rangers team?

New York grabs their first playoff series win since 2017. 

Prediction: Rangers in five.