The New Jersey Devils look to tie the best of seven Eastern Conference finals tonight, Monday May 21st, as they get set to host the New York Rangers, who have a 2-1 lead. The Blueshirts have dominated the postseason history against the Devils, winning four of the five all-time playoff series between the clubs. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Devils as -120 moneyline home favorites over the Rangers (+100) with the over/under set at 4.5 goals. Be sure to check the New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Western Conference Finals Game 4 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New York (10-7, 4-3 V) got three third-period goals in a 3-0 victory over New Jersey in Game 3. Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist while Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist posted his second shutout of this series and third of this year’s playoffs thanks to 36 saves in Saturday’s triumph. Lundqvist, who is a finalist for both the Vezina and Hart Trophies this season, has a 1.57 goals-against average and .942 save percentage to go with his three shutouts in the 2012 postseason.
Dan Girardi leads all defenseman in points in the playoffs with 11 and all three of his goals have been game-winners.
The Rangers will not have forward Brandon Prust for tonight’s contest, as he was suspended one game for elbowing New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the head on Saturday. Volchenkov was shaken up on the play but finished the game and did not suffer an injury.
New Jersey (9-6, 4-2 H) goaltender Martin Brodeur gave up two goals on 21 shots Saturday’s loss. New Jersey went 0-for-5 on the power play in the game and have scored only once on 12 opportunities with the man advantage in this series.
“We didn’t play that bad today, we did some good things,” said New Jersey center Travis Zajac. “We just have to get Game 4 because we know it’s going to be a long series. No one in this locker room thought it was going to be an easy series.”
“They let us back in the series after Game 1, and I’m sure they’re going to try not to let us back in the series again,” Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. “It’s hard to talk about. If I didn’t see a good attitude in here, I might say something. This morning, nobody looked down. We’ll be OK. It’s trust, and it’s been there all along.”
The Bottom Line: The Devils are the favorites because they’re at home, but I think the Rangers have the edge with the hotter goalie. 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:
Under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in New Jersey.
Under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Devils are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Devils are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 Monday games.
New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils
When: Monday, May 21st@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Devils -120
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