Preview: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers

Nov 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Michael Ryder (17) battles for control of the puck with New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Devils beat the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers – Game 3 0f 5 – December 7, 2013
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The New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers will be playing tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 PM EST. This is their last meeting until the January 26th game at Yankee Stadium which is part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The Devils and Rangers have met twice this season already and the New Jersey team has won both of these games.
The Devils won the first matchup at the Prudential Center in October, 4-0, and then won the second meeting at Madison Square Garden in November, 3-2.
Martin Brodeur will be playing tonight despite hitting his kneecap earlier during the day while practicing. In recent days right kneecap has been hit a few times but he is reported to be fine.
It has been confirmed that Jacob Josefson will not play tonight. Damien Brunner will also be returning to the lineup tonight.
The Devils have started to fall apart when it matters most and on Wednesday, they couldn’t hold a lead in the third period for more than a minute or two. Last night, they couldn’t even get the puck on net in a 3-1 loss where they only mustered 11 shots.
For the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash will be important figures seeing that they were both crucial for the team’s 3-1 win against Buffalo on Thursday. Lundqvist made 27 saves last Thursday just after it was announced he has become the highest paid goaltender in the NHL.
The Devils could have easily been in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division if they picked up a couple crucial wins, especially against Montreal. Instead, they sit in a tie for 5th with the Philadelphia Flyers (with the Devils technically in 6th) and the 7th place Columbus Blue Jackets a point behind them. The Carolina Hurricanes are in second with 31 points.
The Devils leave tonight tied with New York at 30 points if the Devils get the win. The Rangers sit in a tie for 3rd with the Washington Capitals with Washington taking the tiebreaker.

Topics: Damien Brunner, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

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