The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are all square heading into tonight’s, Wednesday May 23rd, Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. The Devils won Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference finals series at two apiece. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -130 moneyline home favorites over the Rangers (+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 5 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Jersey (10-6, 5-4 V) got a 4-1 win on Monday during Game 4 in New Jersey. Zach Parise was the best player on either side of the ice in Game 4, scoring twice and adding a beautiful setup on Travis Zajac’s first-period goal. The Devils victory was punctuated by the first fight of the series, and an incident that saw the Rangers’ Mike Rupp deliver a stiff-arm punch to the chest of New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.
“It’s a good sign, I guess, when they take liberties on players,” Brodeur said after making 28 saves en route to his 10th postseason win. “That means they’re getting off their game a little bit. We’ve been working really hard, putting our head down, taking a lot of shots throughout the playoffs.
Brodeur recorded an assist Monday to become the first goaltender in NHL history to record four points in a single postseason. No one is overlooking how well Martin Brodeur has played against the Rangers. It is remarkable. The Great Brodeur is two victories away from going to the Stanley Cup final 17 years after his first trip to the ball. And while everyone keeps waiting for him to surrender the one that will tip the tide, he instead has been steadfast.
New York’s (10-8, 6-4 H) lone goal came from Ruslan Fedotenko via Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 29 shots for the loss. The Rangers were undisciplined. They took six penalties and one led to Parise’s first goal early in the third.
Following a brief practice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Tortorella was asked what he can do to get top-six forwards like Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin going during the Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers have nine goals through four games of this series — two are empty-netters, three are from defensemen and three are from rookie Chris Kreider. Callahan, Richards, Gaborik and Hagelin have combined for one goal and four assists, with Gaborik and Hagelin failing to register a point.
The Blueshirts’ heavy legs are the price the team is paying for not taking care of business in Game 4 in DC and allowing itself to be dragged into a seven-game series against a Washington team that really wasn’t all that good or played all that well. But nothing can be done about that now. Tonight will mark their 19th playoff game in 42 days. Somehow the Rangers have held a lead after two periods in only four of them. No breathing room in April, no breathing room in May. This though is their fate. This now is their only road map to June.
The Bottom Line: The Rangers play better on home ice and they must put the dirty play behind them and stay out of the penalty box. 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 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in New York.
Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Devils are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog.
Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
When: Wednesday, May 23rd@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Rangers -130
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