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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/27/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NEW JERSEY (19-18-0-10, 48 pts.) at NY RANGERS (25-18-0-4, 54 pts.)
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Saturday, 4/27/2013 3:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
1NEW JERSEY+155Ov 5,+110+160Ov 5,+110
2NY RANGERS-175Un 5,-130-180Un 5,-130
NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games19-28-0-13.119-28-13.117-212.428.62.723.1
Team Stats (Road Games)6-17-0-11.46-17-11.48-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.44-1+3.41-
vs. Division10-7-0+2.910-7+2.95-102.626.92.224.6
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)471122543413513428.3%1722816.3%176
Team Stats (Road Games)234652021026577.0%781114.1%69
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5163760114710.9%14428.6%29
Team Stats (vs. Division)1744111617034589.6%631015.9%77
Stats Against (All Games) 1253337451012108811.5%1633119.0%203
Stats Against (Road Games) 661218288954112.2%821619.5%106
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10541009710.3%17423.5%19
Stats Against (vs. Division) 38141012214189.1%681420.6%65
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)292965458990.1%313-16-5.813-16-0-49-13
MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)131329626689.9%24-9-5.14-9-0-53-4
MARTIN BRODEUR (vs. Division)101025222990.9%16-4+1.66-4-0+23-6
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)44797189.9%03-1+2.23-1-0+21-1
JEFF FRAZEE (All Games)1033100.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF FRAZEE (Road Games)1033100.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)181841436788.6%06-12-7.36-12-0-78-8
JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)101023921288.7%02-8-6.22-8-0-65-5
JOHAN HEDBERG (vs. Division)7716615291.6%04-3+1.34-3-0+12-4
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)44847690.5%01-3-2.11-3-0-20-3
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games25-22-0-4.925-22-4.916-212.731.12.428.3
Team Stats (Home Games)15-8-0+2.315-8+2.310-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+1.64-1+1.63-04.831.42.425.4
vs. Division9-8-0-0.59-8-0.56-92.528.62.228.6
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)471263637458714628.6%1472416.3%199
Team Stats (Home Games)2373261825457519.7%771620.8%119
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5249681015715.3%17423.5%39
Team Stats (vs. Division)1742161014214878.6%601220.0%68
Stats Against (All Games) 11234383641113328.4%1442819.4%184
Stats Against (Home Games) 51191614256378.0%761114.5%81
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12165011279.4%11436.4%17
Stats Against (vs. Division) 38141012244867.8%511223.5%64
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)6615614391.7%22-4-2.62-4-0-32-3
MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)441049490.4%21-3-2.61-3-0-31-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)42411169108192.5%223-18-2.323-18-0-214-18
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)222158354192.8%015-6+515-6-0+48-8
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)161543340393.1%19-6+2.29-6-0+34-9
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)44918189.0%03-1+0.63-1-0+12-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 3.11,  NY RANGERS 3.08
NEW JERSEY - Schedule
4/1/2013NY ISLANDERS1-3L0, -115L5 ovU
4/4/2013at BOSTON0-1L0, +160L5 unU
4/6/2013TORONTO1-2L0, -130L5 ovU
4/7/2013at BUFFALO2-3L0, -105L5 unP
4/10/2013BOSTON4-5L0, +120L5 unO
4/12/2013OTTAWA0-2L0, -145L5 unU
4/15/2013at TORONTO0-2L0, +135L5 ovU
4/18/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-0W0, +115W5 ovU
4/20/2013FLORIDA6-2W0, -210W5 unO
4/21/2013at NY RANGERS1-4L0, +160L5 unP
4/23/2013MONTREAL3-2W0, +110W5 ovP
4/25/2013PITTSBURGH3-2W0, +110W5.5 unU
4/27/2013at NY RANGERS 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
4/1/2013WINNIPEG4-2W0, -155W5 evO
4/3/2013PITTSBURGH6-1W0, -125W5 ovO
4/5/2013at PITTSBURGH1-2L0, +110L5 ovU
4/6/2013at CAROLINA4-1W0, -125W5 ovP
4/8/2013at TORONTO3-4L0, -115L5 ovO
4/10/2013TORONTO3-2W0, -165W5 ovP
4/13/2013at NY ISLANDERS1-0W0, +100W5 ovU
4/16/2013at PHILADELPHIA2-4L0, -150L5.5 unO
4/18/2013FLORIDA6-1W0, -275W5 unO
4/19/2013at BUFFALO8-4W0, -125W5 unO
4/21/2013NEW JERSEY4-1W0, -180W5 unP
4/23/2013at FLORIDA2-3L0, -235L5 ovP
4/25/2013at CAROLINA4-3W0, -165W5.5 unO
4/27/2013NEW JERSEY 

LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.

COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).

LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.


LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.

COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.

LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NEW JERSEY-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Rangers need only point to avoid Penguins)

*Devils-Rangers Preview* ========================


New Jersey (19-18-10) at New York (25-18-4), 3:00 p.m. EDT

The New York Rangers eliminated the New Jersey Devils from playoff contention in their last meeting nearly a week ago. While the Devils can't exact that kind of revenge Saturday, they do have the chance to play a role in whether the Rangers get a more favorable first-round matchup.

A game after clinching a playoff spot with a late comeback, plenty will still be unsettled for the Rangers when they take on the Devils at Madison Square Garden in their season finale.

New York (25-18-4) guaranteed its up-and-down season would extend past this weekend with a 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina on Thursday. The Rangers blew a 2-0 lead and trailed before Brad Richards scored with 2:57 left in regulation on a shot that hit the boards behind the net and went in off goaltender Dan Ellis.

Captain Ryan Callahan then scored on New York's only shot of OT, settling off a celebration of his team's third straight playoff berth.

" ... now we're in the playoffs and that's all that matters," Callahan said. "It's a new season now. We take these last two weeks where we've been playing good hockey into the playoffs, and we'll be a dangerous team."

Due to the tightly bunched postseason picture, the Rangers might not have any idea of where they'll finish or who they'll play until the end of the weekend, as they could end up anywhere from sixth through eighth.

The only thing the Rangers can control is the result of their finale, and it might benefit them significantly to not let up. An eighth-place finish means a first-round matchup with high-powered Pittsburgh, which won the season series 4-1-0.

Though numerous scenarios abound, New York can guarantee avoiding the Penguins with a point against the Devils.

For that reason, Henrik Lundqvist could make his 14th straight start rather than getting a game off before the postseason.

"We have one more game and it can still change a lot of things here going into the playoffs, so let's focus on that game," said a smiling Lundqvist, 9-3-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average in the past 13. "I still think it's an important game for us and then we're gonna start thinking about what's ahead, but Saturday first."

Despite their poor season, the Devils may be motivated to defeat the Rangers after last Sunday, when a 4-1 loss to New York knocked the defending Eastern Conference champions from contention. New Jersey (19-18-10) has also been playing well, winning four of five.

The Devils beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on Thursday in their home finale, and they'll now try to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Rangers.

"It's too bad (Saturday's) game is not going to mean anything," said forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who has points in his last four overall and one goal and four assists in his past five versus New York. "It would have been more fun if the game meant something, but I think it's great for the league that (the Rangers) are in because they are a franchise with a lot of history.

"They have good players and deserve to be in. We're just going in there to try our best to win the last game."

One negative that came out of Thursday's game for New York was an apparent leg injury to forward Ryane Clowe, who had to be helped off the ice and did not return. His status is uncertain.

Last Updated: 4/25/2018 7:23:47 PM EST

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