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NHL bettors basically got two games for the price of one in the Penguins’ thrilling triple-overtime win on the road against the Rangers. Fatigue could be a major factor in Thursday’s Game 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. (ET) with TNT covering the game nationally.

Pittsburgh closed as a +125 road underdog at PointsBet in the series opener. The Penguins will try and go up 2-0 in this best-of-seven series as +140 underdogs for Game 2. That is a much more favorable number than the series opener but winning two games in a row on the road is a taller task.

New York drew first blood in Game 1 with a first period goal. The Rangers came into this game as -160 favorites with the total set at 5.5 goals. A 3-2 Penguins’ second-quarter burst in the opener and a scoreless third period sent that game into overtime at the end of regulation.

A little more than five minutes into the third overtime period, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin notched the game winner to give his team the early series edge. If this was any indication of what to expect throughout the rest of this series, this would be NHL playoff hockey at its best.

These two Metro Division rivals faced one another four times in the regular season. New York had the 3-1 edge with two victories at home and a split on the road. The total stayed UNDER in three of the four games.

Even with Tuesday’s win, Pittsburgh is 2-5 straight-up in its last seven road games. With Game 1 going OVER, the total has now gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in New York.

Written by Dave Schwab, our US sports betting industry expert.

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