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April 18, 2023

PUCK DROP: 7:05 p.m. ET

KEY FACTS: The Hudson River Rivalry returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. NY goalie Igor Shesterkin will have his glove full. The New Jersey offense sported a +506 shot differential and is led by Jack Hughes (99 points) and Nico Hischier (80 pts).

TRENDING: The Devils went 3-0-1 but three games were decided by one goal. The Devils are one of the league’s best come-from-behind teams. The Rangers are in the top 10 in blown leads.

INSIGHTS: While the moneylines haven’t budged from PointsBet’s openers, the total has dropped a half-goal to 5.5 (over -121/under +100). The over is still getting the majority of the action, 67% of the handle.

PROP PICK: Jesper Bratt (NJ) Over 0.5 Assists (+145)

Bratt has cleared this number in eight of the last 12 games and will be playing on the second line alongside Hughes and Ondrej Palat. He will also be part of a dangerous ☠️ first power-play unit that includes Hughes, Hischier, Meier and Hamilton.