The New York Rangers look to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals as the Rangers welcome the New Jersey Devils tonight, Wednesday May 16th, at MSG. The Rangers blanked the Devils 3-0 in Game 1. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -130 moneyline home favorites over the Devils (+120) with the over/under set at 4.5 goals. Be sure to check the New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Jersey’s (8-5, 4-4 V) Martin Brodeur turned aside 25-of-27 shots for the Devils, who defeated the Panthers in seven games in the opening round then took down the Flyers in five games in the second round to make the conference finals for the first time since winning the Cup in 2003.
The Devils did not skate yesterday, and spent much time talking about being blocked and blanked. They say they’re ready to try again, and try better. “We’re not going to worry about what we have to do. We know what we have to do,” winger David Clarkson said. “We have to play the way we did in the second [period] for the whole game, win battles down low and get the puck to the net. If we do those things, we’ll let whatever happens, happen.” The Devils will be desperate, too, to avoid falling behind by a pair. They have survived once, coming back after losing the first two of a series, but not since they have been champs, 18 years ago against the Bruins. They have lost all four times they have dropped the opening pair on the road.
As Atlantic Division combatants, the Devils and Rangers met six times during the regular season and each team won three of those tilts. New York held a slight advantage in goals, scoring 14 times in the season series while holding the Devils to 12 tallies over the six contests.
New York (9-6, 6-3 H) grabbed the early lead in this series with a 3-0 victory in Monday’s Game 1. Dan Girardi, Artem Anisimov and Chris Kreider each posted a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves to record his second shutout of this postseason.
New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which it has taken Game 1.
The Rangers consciously risk their bodies and lives in their signature shot-blocking strategy. The Rangers blocked 26 Devils shots Monday, and the Devils missed on 15 more, putting just 21 on Henrik Lundqvist in 62 attempts. The Eastern Conference has watched and waited all season as the Rangers blocked shots all the way to the top seed. Now they’re seven victories from their second Stanley Cup in 72 years.
The Bottom Line: The Rangers are playing great hockey right now with no sign of slowing down, until they’re on the road. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in New York.
Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Devils are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150
Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
When: Wednesday, May 16th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Rangers -130
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