Preview: Devils vs Rangers
Date: November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm est
New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Prediction
The is the second of 5 meetings between the cross-river rivals. Last time out the Devils and Schneider shutout the Rangers when they last met on October 19th. Don’t expect that to happen this time though.
New York has won seven of their last nine games and behind Henrik Lundqvist they have limited the opposition to two or fewer goals in nine consecutive games. But New Jersey is coming off of a season high five goals in a victory against Nashville on Sunday.
So what has been key for the recent Rangers success? Power play. The team is 6 for 24 in the past seven games. On top of that Lundqvist is now 6-6 on the season after starting the season on a bad note. But to his credit, he did have a nagging injury at the time.
Jaromir Jagr made history once again this past weekend. Jagr reached 1,701 career points and is the 8th player in NHL history to reach 1,700 points or more. He will need however 22 more points to past former teammate Mario Lemieux. But at the crazy age of 41, it doesn’t appear as if Jagr is slowing down at all anytime soon.
With Patrick Elias out Jagr has been filling the void just nicely but if the Devils want to climb the ladder they will need Elias back in the lineup very soon especially against the red hot Rangers. Jagr can’t do everything himself, every game as much as we would like to see him try.
Who’s hot: Carl Hagelin has a five-game point streak (four goals, three assists) and Derek Stepan has four goals and eight points in the past seven games for the Rangers.
Janssen entered the season with three goals in 312 career games; he has two goals in three games since being recalled from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Albany on Nov. 6
Injury report: Elias (upper body), Ryane Clowe (head) and Bryce Salvador (foot) are on injured reserve for the Devils. Rookie defenseman Jon Merrill (face) has not played since his NHL debut Nov. 3 after crashing into the boards awkwardly. Stephen Gionta (sore foot) is day-to-day.
Rangers forward Rick Nash (head) has been skating on his own and taking shots, but will miss his 15th straight game. He has not played since Oct. 8 and there is no timetable for his return. Forwards Dominic Moore (oblique) and Taylor Pyatt (concussion) are out.
New Jersey Devils – Martin Brodeur (confirmed)
New York Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed)
This is a small play and will not be documented on our overall NHL record. There’s better betting options over this game.
With how the Rangers are rolling as of late and the Devils are having a hard time finding the back of the net, I expect the Rangers to win at home. The odds are too high for my liking but if you need action take the Rangers -170.
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