New Jersey Devils (12-17-7) at New York Rangers (18-10-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -210 / New Jersey Devils +180 --- Over/Under: 5
The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers play Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The New Jersey Devils have lost seven of their last eight games and take the road for the first time in 12 days. The Devils are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The New Jersey Devils have four power play goals in their last seven games and have split their last six when scoring at least three goals. Mike Cammalleri leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 15 assists and Michael Ryder has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Devils are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Keith Kinkaid has allowed seven goals on 114 shots faced and Cory Schneider has given up 77 goals on 926 shots.
The New York Rangers have won seven straight and play for the first time since Tuesday. The Rangers are averaging three goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have four power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 23 goals, Derick Brassard has 19 assists and Martin St. Louis has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven't allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Cam Talbot has allowed 15 goals on 209 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 61 goals on 702 shots.
The Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 27-11 in their last 38 vs. Metropolitan. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
With both teams defending well on the power play and the Devils struggling to put the puck in the net, I'm going with the under in this spot. There's just no value in taking the Rangers to win.