|2012 NHL Playoffs: Devils vs. Rangers Game 1 Picks & Predictions|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Monday, 14 May 2012 14:15|
Devils vs. Rangers NHL Free Pick
NEW YORK, NY (ATS Consultants) – This is the opening game of the Eastern Conference final between the New Jersey Devils and NY Rangers. The Rangers are coming off a long series against Washington, winning Game 7 at home on Saturday. The Devils last played on May 8, winning 3-1 to defeat the Flyers in five games. The puck drops at 8:05pmET from Madison Square Garden.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -140 favorites, while the over/under total for this game sits at 4.5 goals. The Devils enter play with a 56-31-7 overall record and are 28-17-3 on the road, while the Rangers are 59-28-9 overall and is 32-14-3 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Rangers opened up as a -140 favorite and has remained there at most books, while the total opened up at 4.5 and has remained there.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 58% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Rangers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: According to latest NHL trends, the Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic, 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 8-2 in their last 10 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game, 11-4 in their last 15 Conference Finals games and are 8-3 in their last 11 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Rangers are 2-7 last 9 games following a win. The Devils have five days rest while the Rangers have just one after playing an emotional series. The two teams split their series, 3-3 in the regular season. New Jersey is playing as well led by 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 could have used the rest and his teammates needed to heal some bumps and bruises. They take on a tired Rangers’ squad and should jump out in Game 1 with an early lead.
MONDAY NHL PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: NEW JERSEY DEVILS +120