Two years ago, the New Jersey Devils had a dream season in which they reached the playoffs and boasted the Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, which goes to the NHL most valuable player. General manager Ray Shero was being celebrated as a turnaround artist and dreams a return to glory were at hand. However last year was a major setback with Hall out most of the year and the roster not deep enough to overcome his absence. Now the Devils have flopped out of the gate with their fans up in arms and gamblers salivating at the blood in the water. Thursday the Devils have a very important cross-town rivalry matchup with the resurgent New York Rangers.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils Wagering Odds Analysis
The Rangers are one of the most public teams on the board with a huge following and Original Six pedigree. The Devils have become a top go-against team for sharks looking to capitalize on their misery. New Jersey may draw some bargain hunters looking at a theory of a home team up against an arch rival.
Rangers Current Form
New York opened the new campaign with two wins in their first three games. The Rangers ranked 11th for goal scoring and 15th for goals against. The power play has proven to be an asset in the early going with an NHL rank of fourth best. Center Mika Zibanejad exploded for four goals, four assists and a plus eight.
Devils Current Form
New Jersey began the year 0-3-0-2 and ranked 30th in the NHL for goal scoring and 28th for goals against. The power play ranked 30th with penalty killing at 31st. It was the look of an unmitigated disaster. Taylor Hall failed to light the lamp and was limited to three assists to begin the year.
Between the Pipes
Both teams have been under par with their goaltending early on.
For the Devils top netminder Cory Schneider opened with a .897 save percentage and 3.33 goals against average an 0-2 record. Backup Mackenzie Blackwood has been horrendous with 4.90 goals against average and .821 save percentage.
Veteran Henrik Lundqvist posted a .904 save percentage with 3.54 goals against average to start the season. Backup alexander Georgiev had 1.00 goals against average and .969 save percentage in 60 minutes of play.
New York and New Jersey Betting Trends
The Rangers are:
4-2 in their last 6 road games
4-5-1 under the total on the road
3-1 in their last four games against the Devils
7-1-2 over the total head to head with New Jersey
5-4 in their last 9 Metropolitan Division road games
6-2 over the total at Metropolitan Division teams
The Devils are:
3-7 in their last 10 games at Prudential Center
4-5 under the total in their last 9 home games
2-6 at Prudential Center when hosting Metropolitan Division teams
3-4 under the total at home against the Metropolitan Division
6-2 at home against the Rangers
9-0-1 over the total at Prudential Center vs. the Rangers
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
New York has had the far better look if for no other reason than they haven’t look as horrible as the Devils in the early going. New Jersey is facing a season on the brink in a season that isn’t even a month old.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils NHL Odds Best Bet: New York Rangers
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils NHL Odds Score Prediction: Rangers 4, Devils 2
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