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 Devils sit in a tie with the New York Islanders in both the division and the conference. They are one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes and are the team to chase in the both standings.
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.