New Jersey Devils (14-22-6) at New York Rangers (21-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -239 / New Jersey Devils +211 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Jersey Devils visit the New York Rangers in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.
The New Jersey Devils will look to rebound from a 4-0 loss to the Rangers in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt share the team-high with 25 points with Zacha logging 10 goals and 15 assists while Bratt has a team-high 20 assists on the year. Ty Smith and Jack Hughes each have 21 points with double-digit assists and Myles Wood has 20 points with a team-high 14 goals on the year. as a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals on 29.5 shots with a 13.3% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals on 30.9 shots against with a 71.6% success rate on the PK this season.
The New York Rangers will look to build on their victory over the Devils last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 46 points including 15 goals and 31 assists while Adam Fox has 40 points with a team-high 35 assists. Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad all have double-digit goals and assists while Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with 17 goals on the year. As a team, New York is averaging 3.2 goals on 29.3 shots with a 19.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals on 28.8 shots against with an 84.6% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
New Jersey is 18-38 in their last 56 games as an underdog and 8-23 in their last 31 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on one days rest. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 games as a favorite while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for both sides here as it’s a lot of plus money but the Rangers have been the better team for much of the season. With that said, the Devils do play much better on the road, but they’ve been sputtering lately, losing 8 of their last 9 games. This is a steep price to pay for the Rangers and the puck line isn’t an easy call, but the Devils have lost the last two meetings with the Rangers by a combined score of 7-0, and I see nothing to make me want to deviate from that here. Give me the Rangers -1.5 in this one.