Mar 20, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils players celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Wild at the Prudential Center. The Devils won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers

The New Jersey Devils (30-27-13) meet their New York rivals, the New York Rangers (38-29-4) tonight for the first time since the two met at Yankee Stadium two months ago.

The New York Rangers had won the Stadium Series game 7-3.

Mar 14, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) talks with goalie Martin Brodeur (30) before a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Brodeur will be starting this game while Cory Schneider played in the Devil’s last game versus the Minnesota Wild in which the Devils won 4-3.

The Devils are using six defensemen tonight while leaving Eric Gelinas, Peter Harrold, and Damien Brunner out as healthy scratches.

Damien Brunner had originally thought he was going to play today, however, when we went to the morning skate he was told he was a healthy scratch. After sitting out Thursday night’s game as a healthy scratch, the plan was to have him play today. Unfortunately, he was told that that would not be the case.

Brunner, although slightly upset he won’t be able to play is not complaining, he understands that every game is crucial at this stage.

Peter Harrold arrived today for the morning skate after missing Friday’s practice with good news, his wife had their 3rd child, a daughter named Emerson. He will also be sitting out for today’s game.

Tim Sestito is still out with a head injury obtained after someone elbowed him on Thursday night’s game.

The Devils need to continue winning to keep any hopes of the postseason alive. They are currently 6 points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the final spot in the Wild Card.

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