The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils meet Monday in game 7 of the NHL East First Round Playoffs at the Prudential Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New York Rangers are averaging 2.83 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 6 goals, Adam Fox has 8 assists, and Patrick Kane has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.17 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 11 goals on 180 shots faced.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.17 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Hughes leads New Jersey with 3 goals, Nico Hischier has 4 assists and Timo Meier has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.83 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has allowed 9 goals on 52 shots faced, and Akira Schmid has given up 7 goals on 111 shots.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 7-3 in Rangers last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Devils last 5 home games. The Rangers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New Jersey.
This series has been all over the place, so nothing will surprise me in a deciding game 7. With that said, the one constant is that the road team has had most of the success and that just so happens to be the Rangers, a team that broke out of their offensive funk in game 6. Historically, the Rangers have also had great success in New Jersey. The more trustworthy defense with a Vezina winner in net, I give the slight edge to the Rangers on the road.