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Rangers Lineup for tonight’s game against the Devils

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers have announced their official lineups for tonight’s preseason game against the New Jersey Devils;

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-JT Miller

Jimmy Vesey-Philip McRae-Nicklas Jensen

Michael Grabner-Nathan Gerbe-Jesper Fast

Ryan Gropp-Maxim Lapierre-Chris Brown Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers stumble in New Jersey without Staal and Miller; Hrivik records first career point

Bobby Bevilacqua

Rangers vs Devils 2-23

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On the first game of their three game road trip, Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant but the Rangers (34-20-6) were dominated by the New Jersey Devils (30-24-7) for the last 40 minutes, losing 5-2 and losing their third game this season to their rivals in Newark.

This game had everything. Lots of action and scoring chances early on, some great performances from each of the goaltenders, and goals galore. Plus an ejection for having tape too low on the hands (more on that later).

The Rangers wound up being without Marc Staal in this game after he tweaked something in his lower body. Brady Skjei was recalled from Hartford and he played pretty darn well, logging over 22 minutes of ice time. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers look to maintain winning ways against the Devils, Lundqvist looking for 30th win

Bobby Bevilacqua

Rangers vs Devils 2-2

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Following a tense overtime victory over the Red Wings, the Rangers (34-19-6) kick off a three game road trip tonight as they head to Newark to take on the rival New Jersey Devils (29-24-7) for the third time in the past three weeks.

Kevin Klein scored the overtime winner on Sunday off of an excellent feed from Kevin Hayes, who probably should have had a goal of his own earlier in the game. Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 22 shots to pick up the win, which put the Rangers at 7-1-1 in their last nine games, as well as two in a row. Their lead over the Islanders is not up to five points, and they’re holding off some of the surging division foes.

The Devils looked like they’d be a playoff team early on, but their starting to slow down a bit, losing to the Capitals on Saturday for their third straight defeat. They sit three points behind the Penguins for the last Wild Card spot despite playing two more games than them. The Devils are also just 8-11-2 against the Metropolitan Division, with two of them coming against the Rangers. Read the rest of this entry

McDonagh and Nash OUT as the Rangers rematch the New Jersey Devils

Bobby Bevilacqua

Kevin Klein battle 2-2

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The Rangers (29-18-5) have an opportunity to put together a nice stretch of games, as they play host to the rival New Jersey Devils (26-20-7) for the second game between these teams in the past week.

After a rough start to the winter, the Rangers have finally started to play better and get the wins they need to stay afloat in a tight Metropolitan Division. Their come-from-behind victory on Saturday came following a dominant comeback win over the Minnesota Wild. It was just the second time since late November that the team has won two games in a row. They haven’t won three straight since their nine game win streak came to an end on November 15th.

The Rangers success couldn’t have come at a better time, since they will playing at Madison Square Garden for five of the next six games. They’ve already won 19 home games, tied for second in the NHL, and they’re 6-0-1 in their last seven games at the Garden. They’ve lost just once in regulation there since December 6th. Read the rest of this entry

Special Teams the difference in 3-2 loss to the Devils

John Dundon

Rangers vs Devils 2-2

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The Rangers would’ve no doubt liked a better result in their first game after the All-Star break but wound up losing to the Devils, 3-2 in Newark.

In the end, the Rangers lack of execution on both the power play and the penalty kill were the deciding factor. The Rangers finished 0/4 on the power play and mustered no shots on their first two man advantages of the contest, and the usual suspects were to blame for all Devils goals.

Shoddy net mouth coverages during both of the Devils power play goals resulted in open men sweeping in chances right on the door step, again. Dan Girardi got embarrassed by Joe Blandisi and while Lundqvist admittedly intended to cut the shooters angle down some, no NHL defenseman should be allowing chances off the wing like that. Read the rest of this entry