The New York Rangers were neutralized by a hot goaltender in net on Tuesday and hope to avoid a repeat performance in Newark tonight. They make a short trip to pay a visit to the New Jersey Devils. The Devils had a stellar performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 6-3 win. The Pens just easily beat the league leading Lightning last night, so it can be tough to bet the NHL blindly.
Major League Baseball is another sport where your bankroll can get emptied out pretty quickly by using that method of betting. Lundqvist was given the night off against the Flyers, but Alexander Georgiev was not the reason for the Rangers losing by a score of 1-0. He was sharp and probably deserved a win in that contest. His teammates just couldn’t help him out. Expect Lundqvist to be back in net tonight, as the team gave him the night off after playing in the All-Star Game.
The Rangers are more than likely going to be sellers at the deadline. It’d take something or bizarre to happen for them to move off that position. 10 points behind a playoff spot at the moment, the Rangers are unlikely to hit a hot run to put themselves in a position to go to the playoffs. Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello are the most probable Rangers to get moved.
I think both of them could help a team get better elsewhere, but there isn’t much of a reason to keep them in NYC. That is if they receive something fair in return. It is likely in Lundqvist’s best interest to see a trade, but he has no intentions of leaving and isn’t going to waive his no-trade clause. Prior to their 1-0 loss against the Flyers, they were on a three-game winning streak. We’ll see if they can get back on the winning track in Newark tonight. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Devils pick.
N.Y. Rangers vs. N.J. Devils Pick
The Devils are going with Keith Kinkaid against the Rangers on Thursday night. He picked up a 6-3 win against the Penguins in a pretty nice showing. He turned back 37 shots against a potent Pittsburgh offence to secure the victory. Kinkaid has been seeing plenty of shots this season as he attempts to do his best to help a poor defence out. The win, over a solid Penguins team, could be a confidence booster for Kinkaid and the team as a whole.
He might catch a break tonight against a Rangers team who haven’t been at their best offensively, especially on the road this season. They are averaging 27 shots per game, along with just 2.5 goals per game when the Rangers travel outside of NYC. All the while they have been getting hammered with 35.6 shots against and 4.08 goals allowed. It’s pretty easy to see how they have gotten to a record of 8-14-2 on the road. Henrik hasn’t posted his best numbers away from home as well. He owns a 3.46 GAA and 0.901 save percentage in that respect.
Their opponents have had their own struggles on the road, but everything has been much smoother at home. The Devils are in fact the worst team on the road in the league at 6-17-1. However, they tend to find a better effort when they’re in the friendly confines of the Prudential Center. The Devils own a respectable mark of 13-6-4 at home. They have averaged 3.35 goals per game and allowed 2.83 to paint a completely different picture from the road. Also note that the Devils have gone 5-1 over the Rangers in their previous six meetings at Prudential Center. I like a 3-2 or 4-3 win for the Devils on Thursday night in Newark.