NHL Playoffs picks: Best bets for Rangers vs Devils for Game 2
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his Thursday picks and predictions for Game 2 between the Rangers at Devils, with four best bets.
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NHL Playoff Schedule: New York Rangers vs NJ Devils Game 2
New York Rangers (47-22-13, 24-9-8 Away) vs New Jersey Devils (52-22-8, 24-13-4 Home)
Date: Thursday 20 April 2023
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Prudential Center- Newark, New Jersey
TV Channel: TBS, MSG
Live Stream: ESPN+
Live Radio: WFAN 66 AM-101.9 FM
Rangers vs Devils Preview
The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils kicked off their metro-area playoff series on Tuesday night with the Rangers establishing their dominance early and winning 5-1. Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek gave up at least four goals (the fifth goal was an empty-netter) for the 12th time this season. Meanwhile, Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin was phenomenal, allowing just one goal and making 27 saves. Shesterkin’s stellar performance was the 15th time that he did not let in more than one goal this season. The Devils will have their work cut out for them in Game 2 because -- down 1-0 in the series --they are already feeling the pressure.
Rangers vs Devils Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NHL Playoffs Betting Lines 4/20
Moneyline: New York Rangers (+100), New Jersey Devils (-130)
Spread: New York Rangers +1.5 (-240), New Jersey Devils -1.5 (+187)
Total: Over/Under 5.5 goals
Rangers vs Devils Prediction and Picks
The New York Rangers’ confidence is sky-high after making a statement in their 5-1 win to open the series on Tuesday night. The pressure is on the Devils, who won three of the four regular-season matchups between the teams. The problem for New Jersey is that this was the first time the Rangers were able to exploit both the Devils’ defense and Vanecek.
The Rangers truly had their way with the Devils in Game 1, and I don’t see much changing on Thursday night with Shesterkin locked in and controlling the crease for the Rangers. Of course, this Devils offense is no slouch, having ranked fourth in the NHL this season in goals allowed per game. I expect the Devils to respond offensively, but I don’t expect the Rangers to cool off that quickly, either. Give me the over on the total in this one.
The Pick: Over 5.5 (-115)
While I expect the Devils’ offense to rebound in Game 2, it will be a tall order after Tuesday, when Shesterkin showed why he ranked 10th among NHL goaltenders in save percentage and 11th in goals allowed this season. His 27 saves suffocated the high-powered Devils offense. New Jersey’s Vanecek, who let some games get away from him earlier this season, let the Rangers offense exploit him on Tuesday. Veteran Patrick Kane, acquired by the Rangers at the NHL trade deadline, didn’t score in Game 1 but made his presence known by setting up Chris Kreider’s third-period goal.
The Devils managed to score late in the third period, but that goal came on a penalty shot. New Jersey’s offense was flat and wasn’t able to create many good chances against Shesterkin and the Rangers' defense. The Rangers appear to be picking up where they left off last season when they reached the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Give me the Rangers in Game 2 to put all of the pressure on New Jersey and turn all the momentum over to themselves as they head back to New York for Game 3.
The Pick: New York Rangers ML (+100)
Best NHL Playoffs Player Prop Bets Today for Rangers vs Devils Game 2 Patrick Kane The Rangers offense was clicking on all cylinders on Tuesday night, and veteran Patrick Kane got into the mix with another assist and two shots on goal. I expect the Devils to shift their defensive attention to winger Chris Kreider, who had two goals on three shots Tuesday after scoring 36 times during the regular season. The Devils were pretty stout defensively this year, ranking in the top five in shots-on-goal allowed per game and in the top 10 in goals allowed per game. While shots will come at a premium in Game 2, I like Kane to get another assist by setting up a Rangers teammate.
The Pick: Patrick Kane over 0.5 assists (+135)
Jack HughesThe Rangers and Shesterkin locked it down defensively in Game 1 and showed why they allowed the NHL’s fourth-fewest goals this season. New York makes those goals come at a premium, too, because they allowed the sixth-fewest shots on goal at 29.33 per game. The pressure is on the Devils, and you’ll be able to feel it in the Prudential Center on Thursday night if the Rangers take control of the game early again. Look for New Jersey center Jack Hughes to try setting the tone early with a goal. That will be a tall task against Shesterkin, which is why I am targeting his total of shots on goal.
The Pick: Jack Hughes over 3.5 shots on goal (-145)
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