New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Prediction, 2/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+125) Rangers (-150)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (4-6-3) play the New Jersey Devils (4-3-2) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The Rangers open this matchup at -150 while the Devils are coming in at +125. The total opens at 6.5.
The Devils will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5-3 victory over the Sabres their last time on the ice. The Corsi for the Devils was 59 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 46 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 56.2%. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 60.1% and they had a PDO of 109.5 for this game. New Jersey earned 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Devils had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in this win. Their Fenwick came in at 50 and the Fenwick against finished at 39, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 56.2%. They earned 22 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 31 attempts to control the puck. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't net one. While out there on the ice, they were able to notch a goal on 5 of the 37 shots they put on goal.
New Jersey Devils opponents have earned 34 power play opportunities (29th in professional hockey) and have come away with 11 goals in those attempts. The Devils have had 290 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .917. New Jersey has tried 267 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.6%. While at even strength, the Devils have surrendered 35 goals while having 25 themselves. New Jersey is sitting with 26 power play chances and they have notched 3 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 11.54%. For the year, they have earned 10 points and their points percentage comes in at .556. With regard to their scoring capabilities, the New Jersey Devils have notched 23 goals (31st in the league) on the campaign and have conceded 24.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Scott Wedgewood. In his career, Wedgewood has accounted for 11 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .423. His save percentage currently sits at .903 in his 1,638 minutes between the pipes. Wedgewood has seen 844 shots against him and he has 762 total saves. The opposition has notched 82 goals versus Wedgewood in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 3.00. He has amassed a win-loss record of 8-13-6 and was named the starter in 26 games. Wedgewood has taken the ice for 29 matchups over the course of his hockey career.
In their last outing, New York squared up with the Bruins in an outing where the Rangers took a loss by a final score of 1-0. New York went home with a 45.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick rate came in at 42.4% by earning a Fenwick of 25 and the Bruins having earned a 34 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 95 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.8%. The Rangers netted 0 goals out of the 21 shots on goal they took. They had 6 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to score a goal.
New York has attempted 410 shots (13th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 7.56%, while allowing the other team 369 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 84.44% on their opponents 45 power play tries, and their save percentage is 7.6%. They have earned 52 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 11.54%. The Rangers have earned 22 goals at even strength and 6 goals (27th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 33 goals to be scored by way of 35 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this season, the New York Rangers have tallied 31 goals, 11 points, and a points percentage of .423.
Across the ice you will find Igor Shesterkin protecting the goal. Shesterkin has a career mark of 13-6-1 and has participated in 21 games. Shesterkin's quality start percentage comes out to 70.0% and he has accumulated 14 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has gathered 609 saves out of the 656 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .928. The opposition is averaging 2.36 goals per game and he has surrendered 47 goals overall. He got the starting nod in 20 contests and has played 1,193 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+125)
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