New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 3/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-111) Devils (-105)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (7-9-2) play the New York Rangers (8-9-3) at Prudential Center on Thursday. The Rangers open this matchup at -111 while the Devils are coming in at -105. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Rangers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win against the Sabres in the last game they played. Their offensive zone starts sat at 41.7% and they had a PDO of 108.1 for this one. They had a tally of 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 22 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 25 and the Fenwick against was 41, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 37.9%. The Corsi for the Rangers was sitting at 33 and the Corsi against was 57 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 36.7%. New York recorded 9 minutes in the box for this matchup. Moreover, they had 2 chances on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Rangers had an average offensive outing in this victory. For the game, they netted 3 of the 19 shots they tried.
New York Rangers opponents have tallied 69 power play tries (15th in the NHL) and have a total of 10 goals in those chances. The Rangers have had 587 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .910. New York has attempted 607 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.6%. At even strength, the Rangers have given up 43 goals while notching 41 on the offensive side of the ice. New York has tallied 76 power play opportunities and they have notched 11 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 14.47%. For the season, the have a total of 19 points and their points percentage is .475. When talking about scoring goals, the New York Rangers have notched 52 goals (25th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have surrendered 53.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has taken the ice for 26 games throughout his NHL career. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 15-9-1 and he started in 24 games. The opposition has scored 59 goals against Shesterkin in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.46. Shesterkin has had 784 shots against him and has recorded 725 total saves. His save percentage currently sits at .925 for his 1,442 mins played. Over the course of his career, Shesterkin has compiled 16 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .667.
Their last time out, New Jersey faced the Islanders in a game where the Devils were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 2-1. They had 4 chances on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. The Devils netted 1 goal of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 93 and their percentage of oZS was 59.0%. New Jersey went home with a 53.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New Jersey played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.0% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Islanders ending the game with a 32 Fenwick at even strength.
The Devils have earned 38 goals at even strength and 8 goals (28th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. New Jersey has taken 539 shots (29th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 8.53%, while allowing their opponents 562 shots. Over the course of the season, the New Jersey Devils have earned a total of 46 goals, 16 points, in addition to a points percentage of .444. They have recorded 54 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 14.81%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 62.96% on the other teams 54 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 90.7%. They have allowed 52 goals to be scored by of a combination of 32 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Mackenzie Blackwood in net. Blackwood has accumulated a lifetime record of 37-28-9 and has played in 80 contests. Blackwood's percentage of quality starts comes in at 56.8% and he has made 42 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has recorded 2,240 stops out of the 2,445 shots attempted, which gives him a rate of .916. The opposition is averaging 2.70 goals/game and he has given up 205 goals overall. He has been a starter 74 games and has racked up 4,553 mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take New Jersey (-105) and under 6.5 goals
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