The New York Rangers face elimination tonight, Friday May 25th, as they visit the New Jersey Devils for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Devils won Game 5 against the Rangers, 5-3, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Devils as -115 moneyline home favorites over the Rangers (+105) with the over/under set at 4.5 goals. Be sure to check the New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New York (10-9, 4-4 V) fell behind 3-0 less than 10 minutes into the game, but managed to tie it in the opening minute of the third period. However, a goal with less than five minutes remaining by Devils fourth-line forward Ryan Carter finished the Rangers for good. Brandon Prust brought New York within 3-1 before the first period was over, and Ryan Callahan made it a one-goal game in the first minute of the second. The Garden really rocked when Marian Gaborik tied it at 3 just 17 seconds into the third. The loss was New York’s first in these playoffs in which it scored at least three goals.
Coach John Tortorella said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will rebound from a subpar performance in Game 5 and “play his best game tomorrow night.” He echoed that sentiment for top-line forward Brad Richards, who also struggled on Wednesday.
New York has embraced desperation much more than prosperity this post-season. The Rangers have won two in a row in a series only once and have never enjoyed a two-game lead in any of their three matchups. However, they are 3-0 when facing elimination — including Game 7 victories over Ottawa and Washington.
New Jersey (11-6, 5-2 H) got a hard-fought 5-3 win in Game 5, improving to 7-0 when leading after two periods so far in the postseason. Stephen Gionta and Patrick Elias scored within the first 4:13 before Travis Zajac made it 3-0. Then the Rangers woke up. New Jersey was outshot 28-17 overall and had only six shots in the third period, but two went in.
When the Rangers had all the momentum, it looked like they might find a way to win a series that has been largely controlled by the Devils, but after New Jersey stole a win, in a game in which they were outplayed, the Blueshirts now face a huge challenge, needing a win on the road in Game Six, just in order to have a chance to win the series in Game Seven. One thing is certain, if Henrik Lundqvist isn’t at the top of his game (unlike Game Five, when he stopped just 12 of 16 shots), then the Rangers won’t have a chance.
The Bottom Line: I think the Devils are in the heads of the Rangers and they send them packing tonight. 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 4-1-3 in the last 8 meetings in New Jersey.
Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games.
Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Devils are 6-1 in their last 7 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
Devils are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils
When: Friday, May 25th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Rangers -130
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