NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 5/14

NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 5/14

NHL East Final: Rangers-Devils Preview and Prediction
By Dustin Nielson
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New York Rangers (1) vs New Jersey Devils (6)

Series price:
Rangers -140, Devils +127

Season series: Rangers (3-2-1), Devils (3-3-0)

In a year where goaltending has completely dominated the postseason, one of the greatest goalies of all-time is about to get his stiffest test yet.

Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils have had to outduel Jose Theodore and Ilya Bryzgalov, and now they face-off against Hart and Vezina Trophy Nominee Henrik Lundqvist.

Brodeur’s numbers, including his .920 save percentage, have been much better in the playoffs than they were in the regular season but at this stage of his career he is not capable of out playing Lundqvist. The 18 skaters in front of Brodeur will need to carry the play and that is much more difficult to do against the Rangers than the Panthers or Flyers.

Unlike the other three teams remaining, the Devils have been a breath of fresh air in these playoffs showing a willingness to open things up a little bit. Will that strategy work against the Rangers? The Senators tried to do it against the NYR but came up short in seven games.

They didn’t all play on the same line but the trio of Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac were too much to handle for opposing defenses in the first two rounds. It will be tough to keep rolling against Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto.

There is one area where the Devils will have an edge and it’s something they will need to take advantage of if they want to win this season. Having not played since Tuesday the Devils should be much fresher for Game 1 than the Rangers who had one day’s rest between series.

The two sides split their six regular season meetings, with both teams picking up two wins at home and one on the road. In the final meeting of the season the game opened with a line brawl and finished with both coaches blaming each other for the blood bath.

As a fan of offensive hockey I would love to see the Devils win this series, but - unless Brodeur can turn the clock back 10 years - Lundqvist and the Rangers will be heading to the Cup Final for the first time since 1994, a season in which they also eliminated the Devils in the conference final.

Series prediction: Rangers in six

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Devils at Rangers: What Bettors Need to Know
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New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers (-140, 4.5)

SERIES ODDS: Devils +120, Rangers -140

THE STORY:
For being the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference regular-season standings, the New York Rangers have had an incredibly difficult path to the final four. New York will look to bounce back quickly from its second straight seven-game series as it hosts the New Jersey Devils in the opener of the conference finals Monday night. The Rangers needed a third-period goal from Michael Del Zotto to oust Washington in its second-round matchup, while the Devils disposed of the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey is playing as well as any team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, using a balanced scoring attack and staunch defense to make quick work of the favored Flyers. At the center of it all is future Hall of Fame netminder Martin Brodeur, who comes into this third-round series as a 40-year-old but is playing as well as he did in his prime. He jokes that, while that may be the case, his method of celebration is more subdued. "We're excited to be still playing hockey this time of year," he said shortly after Tuesday's series-clinching Game 5 victory. "But at 40, I don't jump as high anymore."

ABOUT THE RANGERS: The Broadway Blueshirts had all they could handle from a Capitals team that seemed to block just about any shot the Rangers threw their way. Fortunately, New York knows a thing or two about defense itself - it limited Washington to just four third-period shots in Game 7 as it advanced to the conference finals for the first time since ending a 50-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994. New York facing the rival Devils may provide fodder for beat writers, but coach John Tortorella wants nothing to do with the angle. "You guys can make your stories about Devils-Rangers," he said. "Don't include me in it."

TRENDS:

- Home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
- Devils are 2-5 in the last seven meetings in New York.
- Devils are 4-0 in their last four overall.

OVERTIME:

1. Brodeur is 46-29-15 all-time against the Rangers, with a 2.12 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 95 meetings.

2. The teams split six regular-season meetings, with each club earning a shutout victory.

3. History isn't in the Rangers' favor. No team that went to seven games in each of its first two series has won the Stanley Cup since the postseason was expanded in 1968.

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Devils @ Rangers -- No Stanley Cup champion has ever gone seven games in its first two playoff series, like Rangers have this season; these two local rivals are 3-3 against each other this season, with home side winning six of last eight tilts overall. While Rangers were slugging it out with Washington, Devils have been off since Tuesday; they're 4-3 on road in playoffs, winning two of three in last series, at Philly. New Jersey lost four of last six visits to Manhattan. Rangers won series openers in both series this spring; Devils split their Game 1's.

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NEW JERSEY (56-31-0-7, 119 pts.) at NY RANGERS (59-28-0-9, 127 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 59-36 ATS (+98.9 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 56-37 ATS (+15.9 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 18-13 ATS (+32.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NEW JERSEY is 35-22 ATS (+9.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 17-12 ATS (+29.5 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
NEW JERSEY is 19-9 ATS (+9.2 Units) after a division game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 26-15 ATS (+41.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NEW JERSEY is 18-8 ATS (+9.8 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NEW JERSEY is 27-20 ATS (+50.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 16-11 ATS (+28.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NY RANGERS are 137-169 ATS (-86.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 169-176 ATS (-98.9 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 96-99 ATS (-52.7 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 10-8 (+0.8 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 10-8-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.6 Units)


NEW JERSEY vs. NY RANGERS
New Jersey is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
New Jersey is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
NY Rangers are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home


New Jersey at NY Rangers
New Jersey: 21-7 SU playing with same-season revenge
NY Rangers: 14-7 Over vs. division opponents

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