The Rangers are taking a 2-1 series lead into Newark this evening, in hopes of taking a commanding lead in the series, after their shutout victory in Game 3 of this series. Game 3 was Henrik Lendqvist’s fourth shutout of the playoffs, and second in this series. He stopped every one of the 36 shots that came his way throughout the game. If his hot goaltending can continue, the number one seeded Rangers could be on their way to the Stanley Cup.

In tonight’s game, the NHL Odds Makers have the Rangers as underdogs at +110, and a huge -355 on the puck line. Will the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist be able to take both games in New Jersey, or will the Devils be able to regain their poise, and rebound from their Game 3 defeat?

I’m not sure they will. Despite their Game 3 performance, the Rangers still came out as the underdog in Game 4. New Jersey did get three more power play opportunities in Game 3, along with those 36 shots on goal opposed to the Rangers’ 22 shots. Every last goal from the Rangers came in the third period.

With Lundqvist playing excellent right now, I just can’t see the Devils advancing. He is top three in GAA, save percentage and wins in the postseason. It has been a good run for them, but the Rangers are truly a number one seed. The Rangers have won eight of their last 12 road games and they have won four of their last six against New Jersey.

My Pick: Rangers +110