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#227 N.Y. Rangers vs.
#228 New Jersey Devils
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3:00pm EDT
Prudential Center, Newark
Written by Valdis Pans

Five consecutive regulation defeats take the New Jersey Devils (7th in East Division) to their fourth straight head-to-head matchup against the New York Rangers (5th in the East), who are riding a three-game winning streak.

Rangers Win Third In Row

The New York Rangers (22-16-6) slaughtered New Jersey for the third time in five days after following up Tuesday’s 3-0 and Thursday’s 4-0 shutout victories against the Devils with a 6-3 triumph at Madison Square Garden yesterday afternoon. Pavel Buchnevich (19 goals, 40 points this year) celebrated his 26th birthday with his first NHL hat trick. Artemi Panarin (16 goals, 50 points) collected a snipe and three assists. Mika Zibanejad (15 goals, 37 points) picked up three helpers, while Ryan Strome (13 goals, 42 points) and Chris Kreider (18 goals, 27 points) all scored for New York, which is 7-1-2 in its last 10 overall outings.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 shots yesterday to take his current performance total to 13-9-3 for the season with a 2.28 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Alexandar Georgiev (6-5-2 on the year with a 2.77 GAA and a .903 save percentage), though, is expected back in the crease for today, having registered a 3-2-0 past total against New Jersey with a 2.76 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 5th in most goals scored per game this season (3.30), 8th in least goals allowed on average (2.57), 15th in power play (20.1%) and 2nd best in penalty kill (85.0%).

Devils Lose Fifth Straight

The New Jersey Devils (14-23-6) were beaten for the fifth straight time (0-5-0), recording their third consecutive defeat against the New York Rangers following a 6-3 setback at Madison Square Garden yesterday. The Devils outshot the hosts 33-30 and won 60% of all the face-offs, but killed just one of their three penalties and went 0-for-3 with the man-advantage, eventually conceding two empty-net goals in the last 1:21 of the contest after cutting New York’s initial 4-0 lead to 4-3 with three consecutive snipes. Michael McLeod (7 goals, 10 points this year), P.K. Subban (5 goals, 18 points) and Yegor Sharangovich (10 goals, 19 points) all tallied for New Jersey, which has won just one of its past 10 overall matchups (1-7-2).

Goalie Aaron Dell (1-3-0 on the season with a 3.63 GAA and a .875 save percentage) made 24 saves yesterday, but is set to vacate the crease for Mackenzie Blackwood ahead of today’s fixture. Blackwood is 9-14-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.07 GAA and a .901 save percentage and has picked up a 5-6-0 past record against the Rangers with a 3.51 GAA and a .890 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, are scoring the 4th lowest quantity of goals per game this year (2.47), while giving up the 5th highest amount defensively (3.28). The team is 3rd worst in power play (13.0%) and the bottom of the league in penalty kill (70.6%).

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Hats off to the Devils for putting up a good fight against the Rangers in their 6-3 defeat yesterday afternoon, edging them within 4-3 with three consecutive snipes after starting the game with a 4-0 deficit. Still, it is difficult to imagine New Jersey to snap its five-game losing skid against a team that is still competing for a place in the playoffs. New York, which trails the 4th-placed Boston Bruins in the East Division by four points, but with two more games played, has already beaten the Devils in their very last five head-to-head meetings, snatching a win by a margin of at least three (!!!) markers on each occasion. The Blueshirts have also been deadly when finishing off busy schedules, recording five victories in their last six contests played on the last day of a 4-games-in-6-days scenario, while New Jersey is 0-4 in its previous four outings contested in the exact circumstances.

Prediction: New York Rangers -1.5 (+145)

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Even though seven of the past nine overall contests between New Jersey and New York have gone past the six-goal barrier, do bet on this particular fixture to deliver just a minimal amount of goals! When playing with no rest, the Devils have already cruised below the set goal-mark on five of the most recent six occasions, while four of the previous six games of the Rangers played on the second day of a back-to-back set have all witnessed just a modest quantity of strikes, with four of their last five overall outings also going under the total, averaging no more than 4.25 tallies per encounter.

Prediction: Under 6
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