We have one game today that features two teams with a ton of elite talent. The Rangers are looking to book their ticket to the next round, while the Devils are hoping to spoil the party and punch their ticket to the next round. There are some good options on both sides, but where is all the value?

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Highest Expected Goal Totals 

New Jersey Devils: 2.9

New York Rangers: 2.7


New York Rangers Vs. New Jersey Devils

Players to target: Igor Shesterkin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, Jack Hughes, Akira Schmid, Ondrej Palat

The hockey Gods have gifted us with seven games between these two teams and it’s a shame that it must come to an end tonight. Both teams have made their moments in this series, but now, it all comes down to one game. As much as I love the Devils and how they play, my money is on the Rangers to advance to the next round. 

I’ve been playing Igor Shesterkin in the captain spot every time the Rangers are in action, and so far, it’s worked out pretty nicely. It’s always a risk to pay a crazy premium for a goalie, but when that goalie is sporting a 1.79 GAA and a .939 SV%, he’s worth the price. The total for this game is set a 5.5, so Vegas doesn’t think many goals will be scored. That’s usually a good indicator to use a goalie in the most important spot.

As for the rest of my lineup, there are two players that I must have in my lineup: Chris Kreider and Adam Fox. Kreider has been able to score at will in this series thanks to his strong play in front of the net on the power play. He doesn’t take a ton of shots on goal, but he’s always in the right place. Fox is a player who just loves moments like this. We know what he can do offensively with the puck, but his defensive play is also really good. He’s blocked 16 shots in this series and has hit the bonus three times. He’s also racked up eight assists, so there’s no reason to not have a piece of him tonight.

As for the rest of my lineup, I’ll try really hard to get Jack Hughes in there as my one Devils forward. Out of all the players you could choose, Hughes is the one player with the most offensive upside. If the Devils are going to advance to the next round, he’s going to be part of the scoring. The points haven’t been there this series, but he has 30 shots on goal and has hit the shot bonus in five of the six games. His floor is exceptionally high. If you’re looking for some value players to round out your lineup, Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere Jacob Trouba and Ondrej Palat are all names to keep in mind.