New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Prediction, 4/17/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+205) Rangers (-245)
Madison Square Garden is the site where Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (21-16-6) will play the New Jersey Devils (14-22-6) on Saturday. The Rangers open this matchup at -245 while the Devils are priced at +205. The total is set at 6.
The Devils were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-0 defeat against the Rangers in their last contest. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 55.6% and their PDO rating was 87.5 for this game. They recorded 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 19 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick Against sat at 35, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 45.3%. The Corsi for the Devils was sitting at 45 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 42 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 51.7%. New Jersey recorded 6 penalty minutes for this contest. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't convert them into a score. The Devils could have played much better offensively in the loss. In the outing, they went home without being able to finish on any of the 16 shots they looked to score on.
New Jersey Devils opponents have totaled 116 power play opportunities (27th in hockey) and have notched 33 goals in those chances. The Devils have had 1,299 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .896. New Jersey has tried 1,238 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.3%. While at even strength, the Devils have conceded 102 goals while getting 87 on offense. New Jersey has accumulated 120 power play opportunities and they have scored 16 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 13.33%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 34 points and their points percentage is .405. With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have accumulated 103 goals (27th in pro hockey) this season and have given up 135.
The man in goal for this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. Blackwood has been involved in 96 games over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled an overall mark of 41-38-11 and he has started in 90 games. The opposition has scored 258 goals against Blackwood in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.82. Blackwood has seen 2,923 shots against him and has accrued 2,665 total saves. He has a save percentage of .912 during his 5,494 mins played. Over the course of his time in hockey, Blackwood is sitting with 49 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .544.
In their win over New Jersey, New York had 2 power play chances in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal. The Rangers converted 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they tried. They had a PDO at even strength of 113 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 44.4%. New York had a 48.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.7% by tallying a Fenwick of 35 and the Devils having racked up a 29 Fenwick.
So far this season, the New York Rangers have accumulated 139 goals, 48 points, and a points percentage of .558. They have allowed 110 goals to be scored by of a combination of 90 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they were shorthanded. The Rangers have scored 111 goals at even strength and 28 goals (14th in the league) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 146 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 19.18%. New York has put up 1,259 shots (20th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.04%, while allowing the opposition 1,239 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 84.62% on their opponents 130 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 91.1%.
Across the ice you will find Igor Shesterkin in net. Shesterkin is sitting with a career mark of 22-11-3 and has played in 37 games. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts is 71.4% and he has 25 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has compiled 1,051 saves out of the 1,133 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .928. The opposition is averaging 2.34 goals per game and he has allowed 82 goals in total. He has started in 35 games and has racked up 2,103 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+205)
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