The Battle of the Hudson River take center stage at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening when the New York Rangers clash with the New Jersey Devils.
Let’s take a look at this heated Eastern Division rivalry from a betting perspective in our Devils vs. Rangers betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Devils vs. Rangers Betting Preview
The New York Rangers opened the 2021 season with a pair of home games against another local rival in the New York Islanders. The Rangers were shutout 4-0 on Thursday night, only to turnaround and earn a shutout win of their own, with goaltender Alexander Georgiev making 23 saves in a 5-0 rout on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, the Devils split their season opening series with the Boston Bruins, losing 3-2 in a shootout last Thursday, before winning in a 2-1 overtime affair on Saturday afternoon. New Jersey’s special teams haven’t been too great over two contests, with their power-play unit going a combined 0-for-5 while yielding three goals on the penalty kill over eight chances by Boston. That’s a big key in this contest, because of how physical things usually get between these two rivals.
Devils vs. Rangers Odds
Here are the lines for Devils vs. Rangers at DraftKings Sportsbook NJ
Spread: Devils (+1.5 -235); Rangers (-1.5 +190)
Moneyline: Devils (+118); Rangers (-136)
Over/Under: Over 6 (+100)/Under 6.5 (-121)
Bets We Like With a Devils Win
Devils Team Total OVER 3.5 Goals (+200 DraftKings)
For New Jersey to win this contest, they will have to get some consistent offense going throughout the evening. With only four goals scored over their first two games, playing an opponent that will open up things at both ends of the ice like the Rangers might just be the cure for what ails this struggling set of forwards to find the back of the net. If they can get at least four goals here, they should have a really good chance of picking up two points and a victory.
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Bets We Like With a Rangers Win
Artemi Panarin to Score a Goal Anytime (+175 DraftKings)
Artemi Panarin delivered in grand fashion on Saturday night, scoring two goals in the 5-0 win over the Islanders. The “Breadman” is one of the fastest skaters in the league, and he relishes in playing in these type of games that could turn into a track meet with lots of scoring. With 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) over 16 games against New Jersey in his career, look for Panarin to get on the scoresheet here with a goal in this one.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-134 DraftKings)
These two clubs usually play each other with a ton of aggressiveness and energy, no matter what time of the season or wherever they may be in the standings. As a result, we’ve seen lots of scoring early and often between the two clubs over the last 10 contests, with the first period going over the total in eight games and the full game over cashing at an 8-1-1 clip.
Devils vs. Rangers Prediction
Full Game OVER 6 Goals/Rangers ML
It’s always a fun battle between these long-time foes and I expect more of the same here in this showdown. Both teams will come into this game with a lot of energy and fire and in the end, I predict the Rangers will take down the Devils by a final score of 5-4.
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