New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers – Game 2 of 5 – November 12, 2013
NJD – 5-7-5, 15 points, T-5th in Metropolitan, T-11th in Eastern Conference
NYR – 9-8-0, 18 points, 3rd in Metropolitan, T-8th in Eastern Conference
NJD TV – MSG+2 NJD Radio – WFAN 660/101.9 FM
NYR TV – MSG
The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers will meet for the first time at Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers have been on a hot streak as of late going 7-3-0 in their last 10 while the Devils seem to be showing signs of turning it around as well, going 5-3-2. The Devils won the first meeting of the season between the two teams at the Prudential Center, 4-0.
For the Devils, they are coming off a dominant performance on Sunday against the Nashville Predators. They held the Predators to 15 shots and 4 in the 2nd period as Martin Brodeur registered his 2nd straight shutout of the season. Brodeur will be looking to continue the trend tonight in a venue that has not been kind to him for 20+ years.
The Devils put on an all-around impressive performance getting help from the forwards top-to-bottom. From Jaromir Jagr to Mattias Tedenby to, yes this is no typo, Cam Janssen. 10 Devils had 1 assist that night and 5 different players scored a goal. Adam Henrique won 9 of 17 faceoffs, Travis Zajac, one of the goal scorers, went 9 for 20 in the circle and Jacob Josefson winning 7 of 13. Andrei Loktionov also went 5 for 6.
Mark Fayne was a healthy scratch that night and will remain one tonight. Stephen Gionta (sore ankles) will also remain out tonight with Patrik Elias still a few days away.
The Rangers are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday. The Rangers went 1 for 3 on the powerplay and had 29 shots. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 27 good enough for an .889 save percentage. The Rangers had 7 players with assists and Marc Staal led the team in +/- with a +2 rating.
They are tied with the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference standings and are a point behind a tie between Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals for 6th place. In the division, the Rangers stand in 3rd place and a point behind Washington.