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Filip Chytil #72 of the New York Rangers of the Rangers vs. Devils picks.
Filip Chytil #72 of the New York Rangers celebrates his first period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on March 28. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

A bridge-and-tunnel showdown headlines an 11-game slate in the NHL on Thursday night when the New Jersey Devils clash with the New York Rangers. Read on for our Rangers vs. Devils prediction based on the best NHL odds.

The Rangers have been absolutely running wild since the trade deadline, racking up a scorching 9-2-1 record and pulling within two points of the Devils for the second seed in the Metropolitan Division standings. In their last outing on Tuesday night, Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck recorded a goal and assist apiece as the Rangers beat up on the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2. 

The Devils, for their part, haven’t had as much success of late, losing three of their past four, including a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night. Erik Haula scored the Devils’ lone goal, while goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 31 shots in a losing cause.

With a chance for the Rangers to pull into a tie with the Devils as they head into the final stretch, here is our best Rangers vs. Devils prediction (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Rangers vs. Devils prediction

Rangers (+115 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

For the most part the Devils have been the better team this year. They’re definitely the better team five-on-five, boasting a superior Corsi for percentage, expected goals for, expected goals against, and expected goals for percentage. That said, the Blueshirts have been a team possessed, running-up an 8-1-1 record over their past 10 games, outscoring opponents 40-18 over that stretch.

After a bit of a slow start to his Rangers career, pre-deadline acquisition Patrick Kane is finally starting to find his footing, lighting the lamp in consecutive games heading into Thursday’s matchup.

The Devils are a middling 4-4-2 during their most recent 10-game stretch, surrendering four-plus goals five times during this uncharacteristic spell of mediocrity. And this is why I’m backing the Rangers. New York may not be the better team, but they’re unquestionably the hotter team right now, and at +115, the Rangers are a good bet in what seems like a bit of a coin flip.

On top of this, Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin’s brick wall impression is starting to resemble the one that led him to a Vezina Trophy last season. The 27-year-old boasts a sterling .951 save percentage, 1.60 GAA, and 6.68 goals saved above average over his past five starts. Conversely, Devils netminder Vitek Vanecek hasn’t been nearly as sharp over the same span, posting a .904 save percentage, 2.60 GAA, and 1.49 goals saved above average.

Led by Shesterkin, I expect the Rangers to emerge victorious on Thursday night in what should be a relatively tight affair.

Rangers vs. Devils best odds

DraftKings (+115)

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If you’re backing the Rangers, there aren't a lot of discrepancies between the different sportsbooks. At +115, you better snatch them up at either DraftKings, PointsBet, or even theScore Bet.

Rangers vs. Devils odds

Rangers vs. Devils odds analysis

New Jersey may have opened as the -115 favorite, but the lion’s share of the cash is coming in support of New York. This isn’t all that surprising considering these teams are heading in opposite directions (although the Devils' underlying numbers aren’t bad, so they’ll likely be fine in the long run). As long as you can get the Rangers at plus money, there’s definitely some value in backing the road underdogs.

Virtually every major sportsbook has the goal total set at 6.5. Those looking to back the Over should grab it at +105 With DraftKings, and if you’re expecting a lower-scoring affair, the Under is -130 at Caesars Sportsbook.

Rangers vs. Devils game info

  • Date: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

Rangers-Devils pick made 3/30/2023 at 8:15 a.m. ET.

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