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The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center. The New York Rangers look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils look to snap a three-game losing streak.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 41 goals, Artemi Panarin has 56 assists, and Mika Zibanejad has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has given up 65 goals on 645 shots, and Igor Shesterkin has allowed 81 goals on 1,311 shots.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesper Bratt leads New Jersey with 21 goals, Jack Hughes has 28 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Nico Daws has allowed 34 goals on 348 shots faced, and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 70 goals on 663 shots.
The Rangers are 40-13 in their last 53 games as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The under is 9-0 in Rangers last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 39-16-4 in Devils last 59 Tuesday games. The Rangers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The New York Rangers have been incredible in the favorite role and even handle their business on the road when they’re supposed to. The New Jersey Devils have shown flashes here and there, but nothing has been consistent, and they’re playing a Rangers club that’s beaten them eight straight times. Give me the Rangers and the somewhat reasonable price.