New York Rangers Travel to New Jersey to Face the Devils
The New York Rangers will travel to the Prudential Center on Tuesday evening to take on the New Jersey Devils in an Eastern Conference matchup.
This will be the third of four games against one another this season; the Rangers are 2-0 in those games, with the final meeting being on April 5.
New York is currently third in the Metropolitan Division (38-18-5, 81 points), while New Jersey is last in the Metropolitan Division (2-34-5, 49 points).
These two franchises seem to be in two completely different areas this season, so it will be an interesting matchup to figure out where we should be betting.
Game Preview: New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils March 22th
Left winger Artemi Panarin has been doing extremely well this year as he is tied for second in assists in the sport while also being tied for 12th in the NHL in points as he has recorded 71 points (16 goals, 55 assists) and added eight points in his last three games.
The Rangers as a team are doing well offensively as they are currently averaging 2.97 goals on 28.8 shot attempts this season. On the defensive side, goaltender Igor Shesterkin is the best in hockey with a 29-8-3 record while having a .938 save percentage and 2.07 goals allowed per game. This season, New York is allowing 2.57 goals on 32.1 shots at this point.
New Jersey has been doing pretty well on the offensive side of the ice as they are scoring three goals on 32.2 shots. Left winger Jesper Bratt has been leading the team in all three categories as he has 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) while scoring six points in his previous five games.
The Devils are giving up 3.54 goals on 32.2 shot attempts this season. With Mackenzie Blackwood on the Injured Reserve, they need goalie Jon Gillies to play a lot better as he is currently just 3-9-1 with 3.64 goals allowed per game and a .888 save percentage inside of the net.
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Betting Prediction
We have highlighted the difference on the defensive side of the ice, with Shesterkin suffocating offenses while Gillies is struggling brutally. The offenses have been showing a bit of a divide as of late as New York is averaging three goals in their previous three games while New Jersey is scoring 2.25 goals in their last four games.
Looking at these teams against the spread, the Rangers are 30-31 while the Devils are 28-33. All in all, go with the New York Rangers to cover the puck line in this divisional matchup.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.