New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils 5/1/2023 Previews,Odds and Free Picks
East 1st Round – Game 7, Series tied 3-3
It’s all on the line for the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils as they gear up for a thrilling game 7 showdowns in the NHL East First Round Playoffs at the Prudential Center. The winner will advance to the next round of the postseason, while the loser will go home empty-handed. The New York Rangers have been a force to reckon with in the Metropolitan Division, finishing 4th with a 47-22-13 record. They have been lighting up the scoreboard, scoring 4.25 goals and firing 39.5 shots per game. Their power play were deadly, converting 33.3% of their chances, and they have been winning more than half of their faceoffs at 53.2%.
The Rangers have also been strong on defense, giving up only 2.17 goals per game and shutting down 81% of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has been stellar in net, stopping 169 of 180 shots he faced. Chris Kreider has been leading the charge on offense, scoring 6 goals. The Rangers have been excellent on the road, winning 4 of their last 5 games away from home. They have also been successful in the Conference Quarterfinals, winning 5 of their last 7 games.
- The total went OVER in 12 of the NY Rangers’ last 17 games on the road against New Jersey.
- The NY Rangers are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games with an opponent in the Metropolitan Division.
- The New York Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in May.
New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils 5/1/2023Previews, Odds and Free Picks
The New Jersey Devils have been struggling to score goals, averaging just 2.17 per game and having a power play success rate of only 19.1%. Their star player, Jack Hughes, has only managed to net 3 goals so far this season. On the defensive end, they have allowed an average of 2.83 goals per game and have successfully killed off 79.2% of their opponent’s power plays. The Devils have split their goaltending duties between Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid, with the duo allowing a combined 16 goals on 163 shots faced.
Contrary to the struggling Devils, the team has had an impressive season with a record of 52-22-8. They have been averaging 3.5 goals and 31.5 shots per game, but their power play success rate is at a dismal 9.7%. The team has been winning 49% of their faceoffs. Defensively, they have allowed an average of 2.67 goals and 28 shots per game, with a penalty kill success rate of 73%. In this game, the Devils are expected to start Akira Schmid in goal, who holds a record of 9-5-2 and a .897 save percentage.
- The total went OVER in 4 of the New Jersey Devils’ last 5 games at home.
- The total hung OVER in 12 of New Jersey’s last 17 games at home against the Rangers.
- The Devils are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils. The NHL Pick for this contest is the New Jersey Devils. The NJ Devils have a home-ice advantage, as they have won 6 of their last 8 games at the Prudential Center. The Rangers have been tough to beat in New Jersey, winning 8 of the last 11 games there. The Devils have been red-hot lately, winning 7 of their last 10 games overall and 5 of their last 5 at home. We think the Devils will defend their turf and clinch this series. Our top pick is NJD -121. We predict the New Jersey Devils will win and cover the spread and the total will go under 3-2.
NHL Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Date: Monday, May 1, 2023
NHL Odds/Point Spread: New Jersey Devils -120
NHL Totals: 5.5