New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 3/6/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-111) Devils (+101)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (7-10-2) play the New York Rangers (9-9-3) at Prudential Center on Saturday. The odds on this contest have the Rangers priced at -111 and the Devils are at +101. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Rangers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6-1 win against the Devils their last time on the ice. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 40.6% and they had a PDO of 124.7 for this game. They tallied 16 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 30 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick Against sat at 48, giving them a Fenwick rate of 35.1%. The Corsi for the Rangers was 29 and the Corsi against was at 57 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 33.7%. New York accrued 9 minutes in the box for this contest. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal. The Rangers had a impressive offensive outing in this victory. In the outing, they converted 6 out of the 19 shots they put on goal.
With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have notched 58 goals (23rd in the National Hockey League) this season and have given up 54. For the season, they have recorded 21 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. New York has accumulated 78 power play chances and they have added 12 goals out of those chances, earning them a rate of 15.38%. While playing at even strength, the Rangers have surrendered 44 goals while notching 46 on offense. New York has tried 626 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.3%. The Rangers have had 623 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .913. New York Rangers opponents have earned 73 power play tries (11th in professional hockey) and have tallied 10 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Over the course of his time in hockey, Shesterkin is sitting with 17 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .680. His save percentage is at .927 for his 1,496 mins between the pipes. Shesterkin has had 817 shots against him and he has 757 saves. The opposition has racked up 60 goals versus Shesterkin in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.41. He has earned an overall record of 16-9-1 and he has gotten the start in 25 games. Shesterkin has played in 27 games over the course of his hockey career.
In their loss to New York, New Jersey earned a 66.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New Jersey played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 64.9% by notching a Fenwick of 48 and the Rangers finishing with a 26 Fenwick. Their PDO at even strength was 75 and their percentage of oZS was 59.2%. The Devils recorded 1 goal out of the 36 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal.
The Devils have tallied 39 goals at even strength and 8 goals (29th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. New Jersey has put up 575 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.17%, while allowing their opponents 581 shots. So far this year, the New Jersey Devils have earned a total of 47 goals, 16 points, in addition to a points percentage of .421. They have earned 58 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 13.79%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 62.50% on their opponents 56 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.0%. They have allowed 58 goals to be scored by way of 37 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Mackenzie Blackwood patrolling the crease. He has recorded 2,251 stops out of 2,460 shots attempted against him, giving him a percentage of .915. Blackwood has compiled a lifetime mark of 37-29-9 and has participated in 81 contests. He has started in 75 games and has played for a total of 4,597 mins. Blackwood's quality start rate sits at 56.0% and he has 42 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. Teams are averaging 2.73 goals/game and he has yielded 209 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (-111)
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