New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Matchup 10/17/19

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The Prudential Center will be the site for an intriguing matchup as the New York Rangers face off against the New Jersey Devils. This divisional matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17 and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Odds

New Jersey (-120) is currently favored over New York (+100). If you want to put some action on the matchup’s Over/Under (O/U) total, you’ll be looking at -105 for over 7 scores and +-115 for under under..

New York is 2-1 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.8 units this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, is a welcomed improvement over the 32-50 record from the 2018-19 season campaign.

New York has impressively converted on 33.3 percent of its power play opportunities thus far. That’s a noticeable improvement from last year, when it was ranked 17th in the league by scoring on 19.5 percent of its extra-man opportunities. Its penalty kill has also gotten stronger, as the team has gone from successfully defending 78.1 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked 27th overall last year) to 83.3 percent this year.

For the team as a whole, New York has been penalized 4.0 times per game in the 2019-20 season. Last year, that number was the highest mark in the league at 4.1 penalties per game. After serving an average of 10.4 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.0 minutes per matchup this season.

Averaging 33.0 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (1-1) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If New York chooses to rest him, however, they could turn to Alexandar Georgiev (1-0), who has a .969 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average this year.

Mika Zibanejad and Jacob Trouba will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Rangers. Zibanejad has eight points on four goals and four assists this season; Trouba has one goal and three assists to his credit through the early stages of the regular season.

Over on the other bench, New Jersey is 0-6 straight up (SU) and has already lost 6.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Four of its outings have gone over the total, while two have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 0-3 SU as the home team so far this year.

New Jersey has scored on 0.0 percent of its extra-man advantages this year after converting on 17.6 percent (ranked 21st in league) last season. It has killed off a remarkable 57.1 percent of its penalties, a few points lower than the 84.4 percent the team posted a year ago (when it was ranked fourth in the NHL).

The Devils have been penalized 3.3 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 3.8, the fifth-worst mark in the league. After serving an average of 9.1 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to stave off opponent power plays for just 7.0 minutes per matchup this year.

The winless Cory Schneider (26.5 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in the crease for New Jersey. Schneider has zero wins, four losses, and one overtime loss to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 4.08 goals against average and a poor .876 save percentage this year.

Taylor Hall (one goal, four assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Devils.

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • The Devils are 0-2 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 0-5 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes.
  • After going 3-4 in games decided by a shootout last year, New Jersey is off to a 0-2 start in shootouts this season. New York went 6-5 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • Rangers skaters averaged 8.1 takeaways per game while giving the puck away 12.6 times per game in 2018-19