Rangers, Devils on NHL lines

New Jersey is winning at the right time and the momentum is swinging their way as they prepare to host the +120 road underdog New York Rangers in a key divisional matchup Friday night in NHL betting action.

The Devils (-140 on the NHL lines) were a complete write-off, but a recent five-game winning streak has landed them with an outside shot at the playoffs. They are also 8-1-1 over the past 10 games and could have the edge in this contest. The Devils defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden earlier this month.

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Home favorite New Jersey is going upward, while the Rangers have lost four of six and are headed downward into a long playoff race in the Eastern Conference if they don’t soon string together some wins.

Even with the current streak it’s the Rangers who have taken four of the last five head-to-head and they could be an excellent wager as a road underdog on the NHL betting lines. The Rangers are a very respectable 17-12-1 on the road - and sit at 18-15 as an underdog - while the Devils are 11-14 as a favorite.

[ Matchup Report shows the Devils are 7-1 SU past 8 at home, while the UNDER is 8-4 past 12 meetings - check it out ]

Henrik Lundqvist is solid in net for the Rangers and three of their last four games have been profitable for UNDER bettors. With the posted OVER/UNDER total of 5.5 set for the game - UNDER bettors will be lining up.

Usually it’s the Ottawa Senators who would be thinking about the postseason, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are the ones coming together in a fight to get into the playoffs. Toronto will be home favorites when they host another edition of the Battle of Ontario in NHL betting action on Saturday night.

Toronto has won three of five while getting points in four of the five games. This is the fifth matchup this season between the pair, with the two splitting the first four. The Maple Leafs crushed the Senators 5-1 in their last meeting, and Ottawa is a dismal 11-27 as an underdog. [ Best underdog odds and generous double-up bonus are found daily at Sports Interaction ]

The Maple Leafs are below the Senators in penalty killing and on the power play. To earn another victory they will need the strong play of Phil Kessel and the surprising goaltending of James Reimer. But the Leafs do score more goals per game, while injuries to the Senators' top guns all season have hurt them in that department.

NHL betting lines will be popular with the Maple Leafs and their record at home, while the Senators are a longshot road underdog at just 9-15-4 on the road this year. OVER/UNDER betting could be predictable in this matchup with eight of ten between the teams sending UNDER bettors to cash out.

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