The New York Rangers make the short trip to New Jersey, where they will be looking to bolster their playoff resume with a win against the Devils. Following a stretch that saw the Devils win one game in thirteen efforts, they’ve essentially removed themselves from the playoff hunt. Let’s work towards another winning pick in the NHL tonight.
They’re 15 points back, so just about statistically out of the postseason. The Devils only have themselves to blame here by getting only one win through thirteen games. The notion of a lack of effort is reasonable to say with a team who are playing that badly.
The Devils brought over Taylor Hall from the Oilers in an attempt to get in the playoffs, but just like his time in Edmonton, his team is near the back of the league. Hall exits Edmonton and the Oilers springboard to the top, while the Devils bring him in and they look equally as bad. I don’t want to say it’s a Taylor Hall problem, he is always good for some decent numbers, but the fact of the matter is that he is not a franchise player that can elevate a team too far.
The Rangers are sitting pretty with a record of 45-24-0. All that gets you in the Eastern Conference is a wildcard, but they have asserted themselves as a lock to make the playoffs. Note that they own 93 points, while the immediate team out is the Islanders, who have 78 points.
Needless to say, you’ll be seeing the Rangers playing amongst the best in the NHL. The Rangers have found more offence than they have in the past, it’s been a formula that has given them their healthy record. The defence regressed through the first-half of the season and looked nothing like their normal selves, but have since picked it up since. The regular season is heating up. Get our Rangers vs. Devils pick below.
N.Y. Rangers vs. N.J. Devils Pick
With Henrik Lundqvist nursing himself back to the starting lineup, Antti Raanta has assumed the starting duties and has done a find job in net. Just like Cam Talbot was a serviceable backup for Lundqvist before, Raanta has proven that he can do the job. Raanta enters tonight with a GAA of 2.30, along with a save percentage of 0.921.
The Rangers have steadily improved on defence all season long, bringing them to 11th in the NHL with regards to goals allowed per game. In their last ten games, they’ve allowed an average of 2.40 goals per game.
Overall, the Rangers have averaged 3.17 goals per game, which puts them in the top 5. The Devils have struggled to find a scoring touch this season, as they’re 28th in the league in scoring. In their last ten games, they have scored only 2.20 goals per game. They were able to take advantage of a tired and weary Flyers team for their only win since February 18th, but that’s about all to report for them of late. The Rangers have a strong presence on the road, with a record of 29-9-0. Our Tuesday night NHL pick at The Sports Geek is on the Rangers to defeat the Devils.
PICK: RANGERS (-150)