Rangers vs Devils Prediction NHL Picks 2/22/24

New Jersey Devils (28-23-4) vs New York Rangers (37-16-3)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -111 / New York Rangers -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at the Prudential Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Rangers vs Devils prediction.

Rangers Look for Another Road Win

The Rangers have had a nice season and on the road, they sit with a 17-9-3 record. On Tuesday, the Rangers faced off against the Dallas Stars and they were able to secure the 3-1 victory. Igor Shesterkin had a strong game saving 41 of the 42 shots that he faced. The Rangers are averaging 3.34 goals while their defense is giving up 2.76 goals per game. The offense is ranked 11th in the league while the defense is ranked 8th. Artemi Panarin has scored 32 goals and added 43 assists. 

Devils Defense Needs to Be Better

The Devils faced off against the Washington Capitals in the last game and the defense really struggled. The Devils scored two goals, but the defense gave up six goals and that led to the four goal defeat. Erik Haula had a strong game, scoring a goal. The Devils are averaging 3.64 goals while their defense is giving up 3.45 goals per game. The defense is ranked 26th and they are going to need the defense to be better here. Jesper Bratt has scored 20 goals and added 38 assists so far this season. 

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Erik Haula has scored at least one goal in each of the Devils' last four home games against the Rangers.
  • Nico Hischier has recorded at least one point in eight of the Devils' last nine home games.
  • Nico Hischier has recorded an assist in each of his last five appearances against the Rangers after playing less than 20 minutes in the Devils' last game.
  • Luke Hughes ranks 2nd amongst rookies for average time on ice (21:13) this season.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Artemi Panarin has scored at least one goal in five of the Rangers' last six games as underdogs.
  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers' last nine games as underdogs.
  • Artemi Panarin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Rangers' last nine Thursday games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has scored two goals against the Devils this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils rank 26th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.45).
  • The New Jersey Devils rank 31st in the league in save percentage this season (.886).
  • The New York Rangers rank 5th in the league in power play percentage this season (26.01%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 7th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (82.28%).

Rangers vs Devils Betting Prediction

The Devils defense is giving up 3.45 goals and they are going to really struggle to defend in this game. The Rangers defense gave up only one goal in the last game, and the Devils are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. Look for the Rangers to score at least three goals here, and that is going to be the difference here as the Rangers get the job done. Back the Rangers on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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