Devils vs Rangers Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+127) Rangers (-140)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (20-18-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) play the New Jersey Devils (15-20-7, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The Rangers open this matchup at -140 while the Devils are coming in at +127. The O/U opens at 6. The Devils are covering 32.5% of the time, having gone 13-27 SU. The Rangers are covering 47.6% of the time, going 20-22 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils step onto the ice with a record of 15 wins and 20 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 107 goals which ranks 15th in the East and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -37, ranking them 30th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 37 pts, which ranks 30th in the league and 15th in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,310 which ranks 11th in the conference and 23rd in the league. As a group, New Jersey has obtained a total of 792 hits which means they are averaging 18.9 per game. They currently have a total of 518 blocks for the year. The man protecting the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,886 mins defending the goal this year. Blackwood is giving up an average of 2.86 goals against average which puts him at 15th in the East and 29th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 90 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .907 which puts him at 17th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 3 defeat against the New York Islanders in their previous contest. The Devils had an average offensive outing in this defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 35 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity and notched 1 goal on that chance. New Jersey ended up with a total of 0 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 59 and the Corsi against was 71 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 45.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 49 and the Fenwick against was 54, which tells us they had a rate of 47.6%. They won 26 face-off wins and lost 24 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 37.1% and they had a PDO of 96.5 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the New York Islanders earned a total of 41 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty mins and they earned a total of 1 power play chance.
The Rangers will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 20 victories and 18 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they sit 10th in the conference and 18th in the league with -1. They have compiled a total of 138 goals for the season which ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a save % as a team of .904 which has them sitting 15th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.0% ranking them 3rd in the East. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a rough year by giving up 3.10 goals against average and that has him 21st in the Eastern Conference and 48th in the NHL. In the 1,356 mins he has been on the ice, he's given up 70 goals. His save percentage is .910, which puts him at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL.
The New York Rangers played the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Rangers notched a victory by a tally of 5 - 3. In this game, New York wound up with a 46.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 41 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick rate was 46.3% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Avalanche having earned a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New York played and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 103.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 36.0%. The Rangers netted 5 goals of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and scored 1 out of those tries. Concerning their opponent, the Avalanche had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. New York gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Avalanche racked up a total of 21 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+127)
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