NHL Betting Odds: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
With the National Hockey League regular season schedule winding down, today we take a look at the New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils battle. An early April swoon has the Devils out of postseason contention while the Rangers are looking to improve their playoff positioning. Puck drop is slated for 3:00 PM ET, on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Both teams are playing well – we like the home side.
New York Rangers: Look to improve playoff positioning
With a 9-4 record in April, the New York Rangers have turned a near disastrous season into one where they are in the chase for Stanley. Top chalk in the preseason, the Blue Shirts can claim a seeding as high as sixth or as low as eight in the Eastern Conference. Exactly where the Rangers will land is dependent on the outcome of other games but a win here means Boys from Broadway could avoid Pittsburgh and/or Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
New Jersey Devils: Late season slide dooms the Devils playoff hopes
Back on March 13, 2013, New Jersey was in seventh place overall in the Eastern Conference. The run that followed, where the Devils lost thirteen of fifteen contests, bumped the Garden State Crew out of postseason play. In a too little – too late scenario, New Jersey has won four of their last five games with the lone loss coming against the Rangers as the Devils fell 4-1 in New York last Sunday. That loss eliminated the Devils from postseason contention.
New York vs. New Jersey Online Betting Odds and ASB Game Day Prediction
Bet365.com is our lines provider for the Rangers vs. Devils contest today. Bookmakers at bet365 have New York as big home favorites at -1.5 (+175) ATS and -175 on the money line. New Jersey are road pups at +1.5 (-210) and +155 S/U while the Over/Under is set at 5 pucks (O +110 U -130). With New Jersey eliminated from the playoffs, some of the shine is off the Hudson River Rivalry but we’ll back the Rangers with the bet365.com -175 money line.