The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers meet Saturday in game 3 of the NHL East First Round Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 1 goal per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Erik Haula leads New Jersey with 1 goal, Ondrej Palat has 1 assist and Jack Hughes has 9 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 5 goals per game and are killing 60 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has allowed 9 goals on 52 shots faced.
The New York Rangers are averaging 5 goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 4 goals, Adam Fox has 6 assists, and Patrick Kane has 7 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 1 goal per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 2 goals on 51 shots faced.
The Devils are 28-12 in their last 40 road games and 13-4 in their last 17 Saturday games. The Rangers are 12-5 in their last 17 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games. The over is 4-0 in Devils last 4 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Rangers last 5 Saturday games. The Devils are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 4-12 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils have been road warriors all season and this is a must win if they want any realistic chance of winning the series. However, the New York Rangers have caught fire at home over the last month or so, and they've absolutely dominated the first two games. The Rangers have not only had the upper hand over the Devils in the past, but they're also now coming home to a nasty crowd at MSG. It's hard to like anything Devils with what we've seen through the first two games. Give me the Rangers.