Devils vs. Rangers Predictions, Odds, Props: Game 6 Line Entices NJ Bettors

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New Jersey Devils backers may salivate when they see the betting line for Game 6 of the Devils-New York Rangers opening-round playoff series on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are still the Game 6 favorites, despite losing three straight games.

New Jersey tries to close out the series it once trailed two games to none.

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Devils vs. Rangers Game 6 Odds: Moneyline, Puck Line, Total

Taking the 3-2 series lead with their win Thursday night, the Devils moved to -320 on the DraftKings series price to advance, with the Rangers offered at +250.

For Game 6, the Rangers opened at -125, with the Devils as the +105 road underdogs on the moneyline. The Over-Under is 5.5 (Over +100, Under -120). The Rangers are +195 on the -1.5 puck line.

Here are Game 6 lines from the top sports betting apps.

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Rangers vs Devils Game 6 Betting Trends

Early action revealed a split opinion amongst the bettors at DraftKings.

  • The Rangers garners 90% of the puck-line handle.
  • The Devils gain 59% of the tickets from bettors willing to lay -230.
  • The Rangers obtain 68% of the moneyline handle, while tickets are 50% for each team.
  • The Over generates support with 52% of the handle and 49% of the tickets.

Schmid the Kid Red-Hot in Goal for Devils

Devils Dominance is getting ominous to the Rangers, as Game 5 featured the biggest beatdown in the series on Thursday night.
New Jersey prevailed 4-0 in a game that didn’t even look that close.

The Devils not only returned a sizable +220 on the DraftKings puck line, but did so without any of their major scorers in the mix.

This wasn’t about Jack Hughes and his 43 regular-season goals. Nor was it about Nico Hischier and his 31 goals. Or Jesper Bratt and his 32.

The first goal 39 seconds into the game went to Ondrej Palat. There were two goals by Erik Haula and one from Dawson Mercer.

Our Game 6 prediction has Erik Haula and the Devils advancing past the Rangers.
Erik Haula and the Devils being underdogs on odds boards in Game 6 vs. the Rangers raises the eyebrows of underdog bettors (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Devils outshot the Rangers 43-22 and gained a shutout from one of the emerging stars in the NHL playoff, goaltender Akira Schmid.

Dubbed Schmid the Kid here this week, the Devils’ backup netminder has given up just two goals in three games. He was selected for Game 3 after the Rangers pasted Vitek Vanacek 5-1 in the first two series games in New Jersey.

It doesn’t matter who scores for the Devils. They have a smothering, defensive style backed up by a red-hot goaltender.

This has caused nightmare for the Rangers, who suddenly can’t buy a goal in this series.

Rangers Trending in Wrong Direction

The Rangers scored 11 of the first 13 goals in this series.

But since leading 1-0 halfway through Game 3, they have been outscored 9-1.

The Rangers’ power play, which notched four goals in the first two games, is 0-for-13 since.

Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko, acquired at the trading deadline to spark a Rangers cup run, suddenly can’t score. Top scorers Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, who each tallied more than 90 points during the regular season, don’t have a playoff goal.

They each notched two assists early in the series, but have nearly been bystanders since.

New York was essentially one goal away from taking an insurmountable lead in the series when Game 3 went to overtime. The Rangers peppered Schmid with eight shots, and he stopped them all.  Dougie Hamilton’s overtime tally officially put the Devils back in the series.

The big stars have all gone quiet for New York at the same time. But some of that must be attributed to New Jersey’s improved defense.

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant, who had been critical of the team’s leading players after Games 3 and 4, finally believed the team had good energy in Game 5. But Schmid and the Devils defense has become a curse of sorts for the Broadway Blueshirts.

Igor Shesterkin was stout in net for the Rangers and easily hit his prop requirements for the Over on saves.

But the team is not managing to put shots on Schmid and 23 gave them no chance in Game 5. They have notched just two goals in the last three games. Not being able to play with a lead for 2 1-2 games may be wearing on this team. To be fair, two of the first three goals in Game 5 came off of crazy bounces.

It will be interesting to see what happens if the Rangers score first.

Rangers vs Devils Game 6 Parlays to Consider

The Devils and the Under have been on a rampage for bettors, cashing three straight times. A New Jersey + Under 5.5 parlay at DraftKings pays +250. New Jersey and the Over is +295.

The Rangers and Under 5.5 is +225. The Rangers and the Over is +255.

Contrarians who believe the Devils are clicking on all cylinders might expect a high-scoring game They may regard the recent pattern of two, three and four goals in successive games by New Jersey as a prelude to an offensive outburst.

On the other side, many could view the potential of a 3-1 Devils victory.

Game 6 Devils vs Rangers Prediction

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How to Watch Game 6

Game Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
Channel: ESPN

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