The New Jersey Devils have named their starting goaltender for the decisive Game 7 of their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers. The 2023 playoffs have been a rollercoaster ride for both teams, with the Rangers initially taking a 2-0 lead in the series, only for the Devils to storm back and claim three victories, ultimately tying the series at 3-3 after the Rangers secured a win in Game 6.
Goaltender Akira Schmid has been a crucial factor in the Devils’ comeback, stepping into the net after the team’s initial 2-0 deficit. In four games played, Schmid has achieved three wins, boasting an impressive 1.72 goals-against average (GAA) and a .937 save percentage (SV%). His outstanding performance between the pipes has been a significant contributor to the Devils’ resurgence in this highly competitive series.
As the Devils and Rangers prepare for the all-important Game 7, fans of both teams eagerly anticipate a hard-fought battle that will determine which team advances in the 2023 playoffs. Schmid’s presence in the net provides the Devils with a solid foundation for their defensive strategy, while the Rangers will undoubtedly bring their offensive prowess to try and break through his impressive goaltending.
The Devils will need to be great offensively as well, with Igor Shesterkin putting up incredible numbers on the other end in net for the Rangers. In the series Igor Shesterkin has a GAA of 1.79 and a SV% of .939.
The Game 7 showdown between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers is set to be an exhilarating finale to a captivating first-round series, with the winner going on to play the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round.