Feb 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) scores his second goal of the game against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Playoff Predictions: Pittsburgh vs New York

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Next up in the 2014 NHL Playoff Predictions, the (M1) Pittsburgh Penguins and (M2) New York Rangers will meet in the Metropolitan Region Final starting on Friday at 7 PM EST.

The Rangers are coming off of a rough and chippy 7-game series victory over the (M3) Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers continued their Game 7 dominance in the playoffs but also continue their lack of success when leading the series. My prediction for that series was Rangers in 6 which gives me a .5 for my 2014 Prediction score. Getting the games correct is .5 and getting the team to win correct is another .5.

The Penguins are coming off of a 6-game series against the (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets put up a truly valiant effort but ultimately came up short in the series. My prediction was Penguins in 5 so that is another.5 added to the 2014 Prediction Score.

After analyzing the Boston/Montreal series and this one, my 2014 Prediction Score is up to 2.5 out of 4 points.

The two teams have not met in the postseason since the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals in a series where Pittsburgh won in 5 games en route to a Stanley Cup Final loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards hold the team lead in points for the Rangers at 6 while Brandon Sutter has points in all but one of the 6 games the Penguins played against Columbus.

The two teams split the season series and have both proven their worth in front of their own crowd. Whoever can steal a couple games on the road will win this one. I say a couple because I think that this series is going to be at least 6 games. If New York watches closely at what things Columbus did right, it could be a long series for the Penguins.

New York profited with a home Game 7 last series and have shown that they are clutch when it comes to Game 7s. The problem is, they can’t find a win when they lead in the series. They may have survived against the Flyers but the Penguins have much better tools to burn them if the Rangers can’t build a series lead.

I think the Penguins move on to face the Bruins and they win in 6 games.

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