Tuesday evening pucks and we will see a pair of teams from the East Division square off as the New York Rangers duke it out with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Rangers enter this game at 19-22 on the year while the Devils come in at 14-26. These teams have split the four meetings this year, with the road team winning all four games.
Another Close Loss For The RangersThe New York Rangers are just 19-22 on the year, but their stats do not indicate a losing team as the Rangers are 7th in scoring and 10th in goals allowed. Let's dig into that, shall we? Of their 22 losses this year, 14 of them have been by one goal. The Rangers have been outscored by just 1.77 gpg in their losses. Now on to the wins. The Rangers have 19 wins on the year, and just four of them have been by one goal. They have outscored their foes by 3.05 gpg in their wins this year. Sometimes stats can be deceiving as to how good a team is overall. In this series, the Rangers lost by one and three goals while their two wins were by three and five goals.
It was another close loss in their last game as the Rangers fell to the Islanders on the road by a score of 3-2 in OT. Scoring in the loss was Libor Hajek, which was his 2nd of the year, and Brendan Smith, which was his 3rd. Absorbing the loss was Igor Shesterkin, who allowed three goals on 32 shot attempts to fall to 10-12 with a 2.46 GAA on the year, including 5-6 with a 2.34 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-6 with a 2.26 GAA on the road and 2-2 with a 3.42 GAA against the Devils. Shesterkin is 1-1 with a 2.32 GAA against the Devils this year.
Team Stats & Rankings: The Rangers enter this contest ranked 7th in scoring at 3.22 gpg, 22nd in shots per game at 29.4, and 20th in power-play conversions at 19.4%. At the defensive end of the ice, they are ranked 10th in goals allowed at 2.68 gpg, 11th in shots per game allowed at 29.2, and 4th in penalty kill at 84.0%.
The Devils Can't Win At HomeThe New Jersey Devils have had a tough season overall as they come in at 14-26, but breaking things down and we see that they are just 4-18 at home, compared to 10-8 on the road. If the Devil had been around .500 at home this year, they would be very much alive for a playoff spot. Unless they turn things around quickly, it will be their play at home that keeps them out of the postseason. New Jersey has averaged 2.14 gpg, and they have allowed 3.41 gpg in their home games this year. The Devils are tied with the Red Wings for the 4th fewest points in the league at 34.
In their last game, the Devils lost to the Penguins at home by a score of 5-2. They lost both games of that set and were outscored 11-6 in the process. Scoring in the loss was Miles Wood, which was his 14th of the year, and P.K. Subban, which was his 4th. Absorbing the loss to the Penguins was Mackenzie Blackwood, who allowed four goals on 23 shot attempts to fall to 9-15 with a 3.07 GAA on the year, including 2-12 with a 3.36 GAA here at home. He has gone 18-30 with a 2.80 GAA in his home games and 5-3 with a 3.62 GAA against the Rangers in his career. Blackwood has gone 2-2 with a 3.76 GAA against the Devils this year.
Team Stats & Rankings: The Devils this contest ranked 26th in scoring at 2.58 gpg, 15th in shots per game at 29.9, and 29th in power-play conversions at 13.9%. At the defensive end of the ice, they are ranked 23rd in goals allowed at 3.20, 24th in shots per game allowed at 31.2, and 31st in penalty kill at 71.1%.
New York is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 60-29 in their last 89 games as a road favorite
- The Road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com New Jersey is:
- 16-35 in their last 51 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 14-37 in their last 51 games as a home underdog
- 8-22 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rangers have not had a good season as they are just 19-2q2 on the year but this is a game they can win. The Devils have been a solid team on the road but here at home, they have gone just 4-18 so far. That is pathetic and the road team has won all four meetings between these teams this year. New Jersey has averaged just 2.14 gpg here at home for the year and the Rangers have allowed just 2.55 gpg on the road. On the flip side, we see that the Rangers have averaged 3.00 gpg on the road and the Devils have allowed 3.41 gpg here at home. New York still has plenty to play for as they are in the hunt for a playoff spot and this is the kind of game they cannot afford to lose. They won't lose this one.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Devils have had their issues scoring this year but Shesterkin does have a 3.42 GAA against them in his career. The bulk of the scoring in this one will come from the Rangers as they have averaged 3.00 gpg on the road and New Jersey has allowed 3.41 gpg at home. Blackwood has a 3.76 GAA against the Devils this year. I fully expect the Rangers to win this one and New York has averaged 4.79 gpg in their 19 wins this year while the Devils have allowed 3.55 gpg in their 18 home losses. Lastly, the Over is 17-4-5 in the last 26 meetings between these teams overall and 12-4-5 in the last 21 meetings in New Jersey.