The Western Conference winners are now decided, but the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are still yet to settle their battle for the right to play the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. Currently tied at 2-2, it's effectively a three game series with both sides hoping to book a place in the big one. Two of those games will be played at Madison Square Garden, so in that respect advantage still lies with the Rangers, who are 1.60 to go through ahead of tonight.
Zach Parise tallied two goals and an assist in Monday's Game 4. The Devils captain looked fired up and inspired his team to the win – he is 3.20 to score at least one goal tonight. For the Rangers, rookie Chris Kreider has stepped up big time, although Marian Gaborik is struggling: their top winger is without a point over the four games, and you can get 1.75 on that streak continuing.
Most surprising for me so far have been the margins of victory in the series. Three goals have separated the teams on all but one occasion and whilst empty net goals have added to those scorelines late in the third, we haven't really been threatened with overtime so far. You can get 3.20 on the Rangers winning by a couple to overturn a -1.5 start in the handicap betting.
Should you decide against taking on the handicap, New York are 2.20 to take it in regulation. It's been a topsy-turvy series and the momentum the Devils have picked up is likely to have negligible impact on tonight's outcome. That said, a New Jersey win at 2.95 is probably better value out of the two.
Best Bet: Marian Gaborik to score 0 points at 1.75.