New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 3/7/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+188) Rangers (-210)
Alexandar Georgiev and the New York Rangers (36-27-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) host the New Jersey Devils (26-28-12, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Devils open this contest at +188 while the Rangers are priced at -210. The total has been set at 6. The Devils cover 35.5% of the time, having gone 22-40 SU. New York is covering 53.0% of the time, going 35-31 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils step onto the ice with a record of 26 victories and 28 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 173 goals which puts them at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -40, ranking them 28th in the NHL. The Devils have compiled a total of 64 points, which puts them at 26th in the NHL and 14th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 2,034 which puts them at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in the NHL. As a group, New Jersey has racked up a total of 1,216 hits which means they have an average of 18.4 per game. They have compiled a total of 859 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played a total of 2,564 minutes minding the goal this season. Blackwood is conceding an average of 2.71 goals against average which has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 25th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 116 goals. His save percentage is .916 which has him ranked 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils had a rough game after their 3 - 0 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights in their previous game. The Devils left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this loss. In this matchup, they netted 0 out of the 27 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. New Jersey earned 2 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils was 44 and the Corsi against was 62 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 41.5%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against sat at 46, which gave them a rate of 41.8%. They took 20 face-off wins and lost 31 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 38.2% and they had a PDO of 90.3 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Vegas Golden Knights put up 32 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Rangers will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 36 victories and 27 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are currently sitting 8th in the conference and 11th in the league with +14. They have compiled a total of 223 goals for this season which has them at 5th in the conference. New York has a team save percentage of .909 which has them sitting 10th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.7% which is good for 3rd in the conference. In goal for New York is Alexandar Georgiev who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.05 goals per game and that has him ranked 24th among East goaltenders and 50th in the NHL. In the 1,830 mins he's played this season, he's allowed 93 goals. His save % is .910, which has him ranking 16th among East goaltenders and 34th in the NHL.
The New York Rangers went up against the Washington Capitals in a game where the Rangers got the victory by a score of 6 - 5. For this outing, New York went home with a 53.9% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 48 and their opponent having a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 50.7% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Capitals having earned a 36 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO at even strength of 93.0 and their oZS percentage was 55.5%. The Rangers netted 6 goals of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 6 power play opportunities in this one and were able to notch 2 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Capitals had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. New York allowed 34 shots on goal and the Capitals ended up with 14 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+188)
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