New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (27-28-12) at New York Rangers (36-27-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -189 / New Jersey Devils +170 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: MSG, MSG+
The New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers meet in a Metropolitan division clash in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The New Jersey Devils come into the second half of the back-to-back after posting a solid 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues last time out. Connor Carrick led the Devils with 5 shots on target including one that found the back of the net, while Jesper Bratt, Joey Anderson and Dakota Mermis each had a goal in the winning effort. Miles Wood also had 5 shots on goal while Damon Severson had 4 shots on goal and an assist. Cory Schneider picked up the win in goal for New Jersey, improving to 3-6-2 on the year after stopping 31 of the 33 shots faced in the winning effort.
The New York Rangers come into this game fresh off of the heels of a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the Washington Capitals in their last outing. Mika Zibanejad stole the show for the Rangers, scoring 5 goals in the winning effort while Tony DeAngelo had a goal and two assists and Artemi Panerin also had 3 assists for a pair of three-point nights for the Rangers in the winning effort. Alexandar Georgiev picked up the win in goal for New York despite the shaky outing, giving up 5 goals on 34 shots faced in the victory to improve his record to 17-14-1 on the year.
New Jersey is 25-54 in their last 79 road games and 17-37 in their last 54 games following a win while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. New York is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 division games. New Jersey is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’ll give the Devils a ton of credit for not folding in a time of adversity when they could’ve just mailed it in and looked forward to next year. The problem is that New York is playing even better right now, and the Rangers just aren’t a team I’m looking to step in front of right now, especially with the prospect of Igor Shesterkin coming back from injury after starting the year 9-1-0 on the crease for the Rangers. The plus money is tempting, but I’ll take the Rangers on the puck line here.