Devils vs Rangers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 3 (Goals Keep Coming for Red-Hot New York)

New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 3.
New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 3. / AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The 2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Saturday, April 22, featuring the New York Rangers hosting the New Jersey Devils for Game 3 of their series.

Devils vs Rangers Game 3 Info

  • Series: NYR leads 2-0
  • Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York, New York
  • Coverage: ABC, ESPN+

Despite being the lower seed, the Rangers return to Madison Square Garden with a 2-0 series lead following Thursday's 5-1 victory. The efforts of Patrick Kane (1 goal, 2 assists) and Chris Kreider (2 goals) were the driving force for New York. Igor Shesterkin also played well in goal, stopping 22-of-23 shot attempts.

Can the Rangers move within one game of advancing to the next round? Or will the Devils prove that they still have some life in them?

Devils vs Rangers Odds & Spread

  • All NHL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NJ: (+114) | NYR: (-137)
  • Spread: NJ: +1.5 (-215) | NYR: -1.5 (+176)
  • Total: 5.5 -- Over: (-120) | Under: (-102)

The Rangers enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 5.5 goals with the over being favored at -120 odds.

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Devils vs Rangers Betting Trends

  • New Jersey is 4-12 straight up in its last 16 games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are 12-5 straight up in their last 17 games at home.
  • The total has hit the over in five of New Jersey's last seven road games.
  • The total has hit the over in five of the Rangers' last six games against New Jersey.

Devils vs Rangers Prediction & Pick

There's no denying that the Devils are in trouble. Climbing out of an 0-2 hole isn't impossible, but it's extremely difficult when a team has finished the first two games with exactly 1 goal in each. The Rangers have no shortage of offensive threats (Kane, Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, etc.), so scoring just 1 or 2 goals typically won't be enough to defeat them.

It's harder to trust the Devils with how bad their special teams have been in this series. Their power play is operating at just 12.5% while the penalty kill has allowed 4 PP goals on 10 opportunities. Considering how the two units have 18.2% and 74.2% success rates in New Jersey's last 10 trips to MSG, a series turnaround will be easier said than done.

The Rangers have also won seven of their last 11 home games with a plus-2.1 goal differential. Given the Devils' issues producing offense this series, I expect another decisive victory for the Blueshirts.

Final Score Prediction: Rangers: 4 | Devils: 2

Devils vs Rangers Best Bet

After scoring 5 goals in each of the first two games, New York should be able to find more offensive success. For starters, New Jersey goaltender Vitek Vanecek has struggled on the road, playing to a 3.91 goals-against average and .863 save percentage in his last six road games.

On top of that, the Rangers averaged 3.83 goals in their previous six home clashes with the Devils, finishing with at least four thrice. With New York showing no signs of slowing down, expect them to surpass their projected goal total on Saturday.

Bet: Rangers Total Goals — Over 3.5 (+134)

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