The 2021-22 NHL season continues Tuesday, March 22, with this Metropolitan Division showdown at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, so we have prepared the best Rangers vs. Devils betting pick and odds.
New York and New Jersey will be playing the third of their four-game series. The Rangers have won the first two contests between these teams, opening as road favorites on FanDuel NY Sportsbook at -120. New York has beaten New Jersey in eight straight games.
Rangers Blank Hurricanes
The New York Rangers (40-18-5; 32-31 ATS) shutout the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, their fourth shutout of the year. New York is 7-3 in their last 10 games, helping them to move within three points of the Carolina Hurricanes for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Alexander Georgiev led the way for the Rangers, stopping all 44 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. Chris Kreider scored the only goal that Georgiev needed, his 41st of the year. He leads the team in goals and is fourth in total points with 56.
The Rangers are winning with goaltending, third in the NHL in goals allowed per game at 2.51. They have also put together a set of dynamic special teams’ units that have been spectacular this season. New York is third on the power-play (26.3%) and eighth in penalty killing (82.2%).
Devils Fall to Oilers
The New Jersey Devils (22-35-5; 28-34 ATS) fell to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, 6-3. The Devils are 14-14-3 at home, but have gone 4-1-0 over their last five games at the Prudential Center. New Jersey is in last place in the Metropolitan Division, trailing Philadelphia by two points for seventh place.
Jesper Bratt scored two goals in the loss to Edmonton. That has given them six points over his last five games and he leads the club in total goals (21), assists (39), and points (60). His +1 rating makes him one of only two players on the club with a +/- in the positive.
New Jersey has struggled to keep opponents out of their own net. They are 29th in goals allowed per game (3.58), but have been quite a bit better at home in the month of March. In their last four games at the Prudential Center, the Devils have allowed eight total goals.
- 4-1 in their last five games.
- 9-4 in their last 13 games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
- 1-4 in their last five games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
- 16-35 in their last 51 games.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils Picks
New York enters this contest as winners of four of their last five games and they are 7-3-0 in March. It has been spectacular goaltending leading this club, as they have allowed 26 total goals in their 10 March games.
That is bad news for a Devils team that is struggling to score already. New Jersey is averaging 3.00 goals per game, and have scored four total goals against the Rangers in their two games. They have been shutout by New York twice in the last six contests, so their ability to score may be limited to say the least.
Pick: Take New York Rangers
It is surprising to see oddsmakers set the total so high for this contest. These teams combined for four goals the last time they met. They did score 7 total in a November 14 meeting, but it took a shootout to get that seventh goal.
New York has gone under in five straight games against Metropolitan Division opponents and have gone under in nine straight against Eastern Conference teams. New Jersey has gone under in three of their last five against Metropolitan Division teams.
Pick: Go under 6.0