The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are all tied at one game apiece heading into the third game of the NHL's best-of-seven Eastern Conference final in Newark on Saturday afternoon.
The Devils paid off on the NHL betting lines in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night, winning 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for New Jersey in that contest.
New Jersey will face the 51-24-7 Rangers. In totals betting, the Devils are 37-34-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rangers are 32-31-19 favoring the OVER.
Hockey odds makers opened the Devils as -135 moneyline favorites in this matchup at Will Hill. Over under bettors saw the number open at 4.5 at .
This game puts the Devils, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Rangers, who rate a No. 7 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Jersey's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.3 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 17.2% while the Rangers defense kills off 86.2% of their penalties.
In their last action, New Jersey was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on New Jersey at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
New York Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 5-5
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing NY Rangers are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Rangers at Devils trends to consider:
New Jersey is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games at home
NY Rangers at New Jersey, Monday, May 21