Tuesday NHL Odds, Picks, Prediction: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Preview
Amanda Cain/NHLI for Getty Images. Pictured: New York Rangers teammates Igor Shesterkin, left, and Artemi Panarin.
- The New York Rangers head across the Hudson River on Tuesday to face the New Jersey Devils.
- The visitors are solid -155 ML favorites, which isn't an issue for analyst Jonny Lazarus.
- Check out below why he thinks New York rolls to the victory.
Rangers vs. Devils Odds
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The new-look New York Rangers head across the Hudson River to take on the New Jersey Devils with a few new faces in Tuesday’s NHL matchup.
The visitors will be riding a high after beating two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this past weekend.
In contrast, the Devils return home after a very unsuccessful trip to western Canada where they went 0-3-0 and lost by the exact score of 6-3 in all three games.
New Jersey Looking to Finish Strong
The Devils’ season is all but over, as they are currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division, but are still trying to show up and compete to their best ability.
Their last three games came against some pretty strong opponents in the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. They were outscored by a combine total of 18-9, but didn’t play as bad as that numbers might appear.
It was a very tough trip for both of their goaltenders in Nico Daws and Jon Gillies. Daws really struggled in his last two starts, while Gillies had to come in as a substitute in both of them.
In Vancouver, Daws allowed four goals on 21 shots. The following night in Edmonton, he let up four goals again on only 19 shots.
Despite his poor performances, Daws is the expected starter for this game, as Gillies wasn’t much better in the teams last outing. He allowed five goals on 39 shots, which you have to feel for him because he faced one of the NHL’s best offensive groups.
The youngster Daws has actually been quite impressive in his first season the NHL. He is skating to a 6-6-0 record, with a .902 save percentage and a -3.3 GSAx overall. He played well in his first appearance against the Rangers, stopping 29 of 32 shots, but the Devils suffered a 3-1 loss.
New Jersey needs to be better defensively, but its offense has continued to be impressive. The team is averaging 3.0 goals per game, scoring that exact amount in each of their last three contests.
The Devils will have a tough challenge going up against Igor Shesterkin, who’s arguably the best goaltender in the league, but they will most certainly get their chances.
New Players Hoping to Impact New York
There is a lot of hype around the players the Rangers acquired before the deadline. They added Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte and Justin Braun, while Frank Vatrano will be appearing in his fourth game with team. They needed to add depth and that’s exactly what they did.
New York will be very fired up after winning back-to-back nights on the road against Stanley Cup contenders. The franchise has won three out of its last four contests, outscoring m opponents by a combined of 9-5 margin.
The Rangers have done such an incredible job defending, especially against teams that are most noted for their goal scoring.
The one area of concern is the amount of rest the Rangers are lacking. This will be their fifth game in eight nights and you could tell they were exhausted Sunday in Carolina.
The Hurricanes dominated for about 58 minutes and outshot them by 44-17 margin. New York was lucky backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev had the game of his career.
As good as Georgiev played, it’s more than likely the Rangers will start Shesterkin. He’s coming off of a spectacular performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he stopped 28 of 29 shots and led the Rangers to a 2-1 victory.
Bottom line, the Rangers are the much better hockey club.
Rangers vs. Devils Pick
The last time these teams met, they gave us a fantastic show in Madison Square Garden. They now meet at the Prudential Center, where the Devils have been okay, but not great. They’re 14-14-3 on home ice and when the Rangers are in town, the crowd is basically 50% New York fans.
The Rangers have won the last eight battles against the Devils, dating all the way back to last March. New Jersey’s struggles are going to continue in the defensive area, as New York improved its offensive talent during the deadline.
The Rangers might be heavily favored, but I am confident they come out on top.
Pick: New York ML (-155)