Rangers vs. Devils Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NHL Odds

Moneyline: New York Rangers -110, New Jersey Devils -110
Spread: Rangers +1.5 (-275), Devils -1.5 (+200)
Total: Over/Under 6.5 points

NHL Schedule Tonight – Game info: Rangers at Devils

2023-24 NHL Regular Season Game
New York Rangers (37-16-3, 17-9-3 Away) vs. New Jersey Devils (28-23-4, 13-13-2 Home)
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
TV Channel: MSGN, MSG2
Live Stream: ESPN+
Live Radio: ESPN New York 98.7 (Rangers) and WFAN 109.1 FM (Devils)

The last time the New York Rangers faced the New Jersey Devils, on Nov. 18 at the Prudential Center, there were scoring fireworks in an offensive battle that the Rangers won 5-3. Round 2 of the Hudson River Rivalry is set for Thursday night in Newark, so let’s take a closer look at this important Metropolitan Division matchup.

Rangers at Devils Preview

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will meet for the second time this season on Thursday night, and just like the first matchup, this game will be played at Newark’s Prudential Center. When these teams met back on Nov. 18, fans were treated to an electric first period that ended 2-2. No goals were scored in the second period, but the Rangers managed to pull away with three tallies in the third for a 5-3 victory. When the cross-river rivals meet again on Thursday night, the intensity will be much higher than it was in November, when both teams were still finding their stride to start the season. Now, with the trade deadline looming and the playoffs right behind it, the stakes are much higher, particularly for a Devils team that is four points out of the postseason picture.
Rangers vs. Devils Predictions and Picks

The New York Rangers have been a complete team this season. The Blueshirts’ offense ranks just outside the league’s top 10 (currently 13th at 3.34 goals per game), and their defense is eighth overall, allowing just 2.77 goals per game. Much of the credit for that goes to New York’s two goaltenders, Igor Shesterkin and Jonathan Quick, who are both among the NHL’s best at their position.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey Devils have had a much tougher season in 2023-24 and have been forced to deal with multiple injuries. On Tuesday, the Devils placed goaltender Vitek Vanecek, who has not played in nearly two weeks. on injured reserve. In addition to Vanecek’s situation, earlier injuries to New Jersey’s top skaters, including star Jack Hughes, has forced the Devils to constantly shuffle their forward lines.

The Rangers ride an eight-game winning streak into Thursday night’s matchup, and they haven’t lost since the NHL All-Star break. On the other hand, the Devils have won just one of their last three games and are looking to build some momentum as they try to secure a playoff berth. Right now, New Jersey is on the outside looking in, four points behind Detroit in the race for the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot.

One concern for the Rangers entering this rematch in New Jersey is the health of forwards Artemi Panarin and Jimmy Vesey, since both missed practice with injuries on Wednesday and are listed as questionable for Thursday’s matchup. If they both play I believe this game could get out of hand, just like we saw in the first meeting. Even if one or both can’t go, I still expect the Rangers to win because they are a complete team. Give me New York in Round 2.

The Pick: New York Rangers ML (-110)

The Rangers’ goaltenders and defensemen have played well throughout the season, but New York will have its hands full against the Devils’ offense on Thursday. New Jersey’s roster features numerous lethal scorers. From Jesper Bratt to Jack Hughes to Nico Hischier and Tyler Toffoli, the Devils have great depth at forward. Of course, New York has also been great in the scoring department with Artemi Panarin leading the charge. The Rangers are extremely dangerous in the offensive zone with forwards Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Vincent Trocheck, and defenseman Adam Fox all playing key roles for this truly complete team. Eight total goals were scored the first time the Rangers and Devils met in November, despite a scoreless second period. With so much talent on the ice, this rematch could feel like an All-Star Game, so give me the over on the total for this one. Yes, New York’s goaltenders have been great at keeping opponents off the board, but they will be tested on Thursday night.   

The Pick: Over 6.5 (-110)

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Jack Hughes

Devils center Jack Hughes is unquestionably one of the top players in the NHL, and he will need to play a big part for his team on Thursday, because the outcome of this game could have an impact on whether New Jersey makes the playoffs. In a situation like this, teams need to be able to depend on their stars, and Hughes will come through for the Devils on Thursday night. He has exceeded his current shots-on-goal prop total in each of his last five games, and although the Rangers do a great job limiting shots (ranking sixth overall in the league in that category), Hughes isn’t just any NHL player. Look for him to be very aggressive in the offensive zone for all three periods and finish with a lot of shots on goal.

The Pick: Jack Hughes over 4.5 shots on goal (+105)

Best Same-Game Parlay NHL bets today for Rangers vs. Devils: 3-Leg Parlay Pick (+525)

Total Goals Although I typically kick off my same-game parlay picks with a wager on one of the two teams to win, I have a different plan for this marquee matchup. Although I like the New York Rangers to prevail, the over/under total is even more appealing to me when it comes to this game. The Rangers, who took control in the first meeting, are the better team, but the Devils’ offense is dangerous. If New Jersey gets going early, it could be too hard to stop. So, give me the over on the total for the first leg of this Thursday parlay.

Leg-1 SGP Pick: Over 6.5 (-110)

Jack Hughes As mentioned earlier, Devils forward Jack Hughes is going to be firing a lot of shots in this game -- continuing a trend he has exhibited since the All-Star break. While that offensive-zone aggressiveness hasn’t resulted in as many goals as he might have liked, Hughes will find the back of the net in this one. 

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Jack Hughes anytime goalscorer (+115)

Chris Kreider Rangers winger Chris Kreider has had a hot hand of late -- scoring a goal in three of his last five outings and notching a hat trick against Montreal one week ago. With the Rangers banged up heading into this game, look for Kreider to take the reins and help lead his team to victory.

Leg-3 SGP Pick: Chris Kreider anytime goalscorer (+115)

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