Vic Monte Sports – NHL Opening Night Pick

Seattle Kraken +138 @Vegas Golden Knights

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Vegas partied hard all summer after winning the Stanley Cup, and now it’s time to buckle down. They’re kicking off the season against a division rival, and the odds are a bit on the high side. But keep this in your back pocket, Seattle might not be as sharp this season due to some shaky shooting stats. That said, don’t sleep on them – they’ve got a deep bench, and the return of Andre Burakovsky, their top goal-scorer before his injury, is a game-changer.

Vegas, on the other hand, might be riding a bit too high, especially with a banged-up defense. So, here’s the deal: it’s banner night at T-Mobile Arena, and we know that sometimes, the visiting team, like the Kraken in this case, can throw a wrench in the works. Seattle’s still got a score to settle after missing out on the playoffs last year, and they’ve got a stacked lineup with thirteen players who put up double-digit goals last season. My money’s on the Kraken for this one!

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New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils Playoff History

The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils have a long-standing and heated rivalry that has played out in several playoff series over the years. Here is a brief summary of their playoff history:

1992 Patrick Division Semifinals: The Rangers defeated the Devils in seven games, with Mark Messier leading the way for the Rangers.

1994 Eastern Conference Finals: One of the most memorable playoff series in NHL history, the Rangers defeated the Devils in seven games, with Stephane Matteau scoring the series-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7. The Rangers would go on to win the Stanley Cup that year.

1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals: The Rangers and Devils faced off again, with the Devils winning in five games. This series is notable for a brawl in Game 4 that saw both teams rack up over 100 penalty minutes.

2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: In a back-and-forth series, the Devils defeated the Rangers in four games, with Martin Brodeur leading the way for the Devils.

2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: The Rangers and Devils met in the playoffs again, with the Rangers winning in five games. Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in goal for the Rangers.

2012 Eastern Conference Finals: The Rangers and Devils faced off in the playoffs for the first time in eight years, with the Devils winning in six games. Brodeur was once again a key factor for the Devils, while Lundqvist struggled for the Rangers.

Overall, the Rangers and Devils have played each other six times in the playoffs, with the Rangers winning two series and the Devils winning four. The two teams’ playoff matchups have produced some of the most memorable moments in NHL history, cementing their rivalry as one of the fiercest in the league.

A New Chapter will be written tonight in Game 7 at the Rock!