Two clubs squaring off for the second time this season, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils meet at the Prudential Center. The opening face-off takes place at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 30, and you’ll be able to watch this divisional matchup live on MSG Network.
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Odds
New York (+115) is playing the role of underdog to New Jersey (-135), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).
New York is 12-12 straight up (SU) and has earned 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 24 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. This 2019-20 Rangers team is 4-6 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 19.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, New York has been whistled for penalties 4.7 times per game this season, and 5.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 31.3 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (7-9-2) has been the best option in goal for New York this year. Lundqvist did just play yesterday, however, so the team could choose to rest him and roll with Alexandar Georgiev instead (5-5-1 record, .903 save percentage, 3.42 goals against average).
Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Rangers. Panarin has 33 points on 12 goals and 21 assists, and has recorded two or more points 12 times. Strome has six goals and 17 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 15 games).
On the other side of the rink, New Jersey is 9-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 24 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 4-9 SU at home this season.
New Jersey has converted on just 14.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Devils have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, 3.6 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
MacKenzie Blackwood (26.9 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for New Jersey. Blackwood has eight wins, nine losses, and three OT losses and has maintained a fairly-weak .900 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average this year.
The Devils will be led on offense by Taylor Hall (four goals, 17 assists).
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under
The total has gone under in four of New York’s last five games.
The Devils are 4-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 4-11 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
New Jersey has managed 8.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 6.6 takeaways per game (ranked 26th in the NHL).
New York skaters have created 5.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.6 takeaways per game (ranked sixth in the league).