The New Jersey Devils can finish off the New York Rangers on Friday night if they can pay off as favorites on the NHL betting lines in Game 6 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
New Jersey took command of the series with a 5-3 road win as a small underdog at the sportsbooks in Game 5 on Wednesday night. That contest turned into an easy OVER result for totals bettors.
A win would set up a Devils-Kings Cup final, one of the biggest longshot matchups when the playoffs started five weeks ago.
The Rangers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 51-24-7 this season, while the Devils are 48-28-6. New York is 32-31-19 on the totals; New Jersey is 37-34-11.
The Devils were listed as -130 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark including Ladbrokes, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 4.5 earlier Friday 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:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 11-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 17.2% rate while the Rangers have a 86.2% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for New Jersey, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at +120 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
New York Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 5-5
After playing New Jersey are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing NY Rangers are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Rangers at Devils trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing New Jersey
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
New Jersey is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
New Jersey is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
NY Rangers home to New Jersey, Sunday, May 27