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The Hockey Guys:
Michael Del Zotto
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
By Kristin Tullo (K_Tullo)
The last time these two teams met on February 5th, the New Jersey Devils had a 4-1-3 record and were sitting atop the Eastern Conference while their rival New York Rangers had won just three of their first seven. Now with more than twenty games played by each team since then, the Devils and Rangers meet again with things looking a little differently, as both teams compete for the eighth place spot in the East. Playing in arguable the most important game so far this season, both teams could find tonight’s match up as a pivotal moment which will either help propel them into a steady hold on a playoff spot or push them down to the rest of the pack where teams consistently fall in and out of playoff contention.
Johan Hedberg will play for his sixth win of the season since becoming the starting goalie for New Jersey and has been looking more confident in goal since the six-game losing streak New Jersey...
BEST OF MAXIM
“Line changes? what line changes?”
For the sake of himself, the Rangers, and their entire season, John Tortorella needs to do something that is almost foreign to him as a coach and stick to his line combinations for the rest of the season. The Rangers season, and indeed the coach’s own future, may depend on his willingness to do just that.
Against the Hurricanes Monday night...
Back in the offseason I spoke frequently about the Rangers need to acquire players who fit their team template. The three main ingredients needed to restock the Rangers were roster balance, skating, and effort. As the deadline approaches, the Rangers should stick to those three ingredients when evaluating their own team and what’s available on the marketplace.
As for Tortorella...
The Rangers came into this game riding the momentum of solid second and third periods on Monday night. I mentioned on Twitter that this was perfect timing for a back to back, as it gives the Rangers less time to forget what they did right. This was a complete 60 minute effort in a very entertaining contest. The biggest thing is that the Rangers came away with two points in regulation...
Lost in the glow of last night's huge victory over the Devils was Henrik Lundqvist taking a vicious elbow from teammate Dan Girardi that left the Rangers goaltender dazed and blurry eyed according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
Here's Lundqvist on his physical condition after the game...
“I had some headaches the rest of the game. I think it was just...
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The Rangers succeeded last year because they executed. They followed the system, they executed and they won. Many are looking at the coaching staff for the three game slide, but in reality it’s about execution from the players.
It’s been widely known that coach Tortorella uses a 2-1-2 forecheck, which is not a defensive system. It’s a bit of a misnomer...
Match-up - New York Rangers (14-12-2) @ New Jersey Devils (13-10-6)
Road/Home records - 4-7-1 -------------- 9-4-2
TV - MSG, MSG-Plus
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Devils lead 1-0
Last 10: Rangers 6-4-0 / Devils 3-5-2
Projected starting goalies - Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) vs Johan Hedberg (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
New York (R) - 2.29...
Michael Del Zotto scored a short-handed goal and set up Rick Nash's game winner to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Carl Hagelin also scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves as the Rangers won their second game in two nights after a three-game losing streak and moved into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
The 20-year-old Miller skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash...
Martin Brodeur is getting close, but Johan Hedberg is expected to be in net again for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
He may not need much offensive help against the punchless New York Rangers.
The Devils look to avoid a three-game losing streak as they go for their fifth consecutive win over the visiting Rangers.
Brodeur, who has missed 12 games with a pinched nerve in...
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
Before the puck dropped on the 2012-13 season, it wasn't hard to find prognosticators willing to say the New York Rangers were going to win the Stanley Cup. On this web site alone, six experts picked the Rangers to reach their first Cup Final since 1994 with three of them choosing the Rangers to win it all.
It wasn't tough to see why the...
The first question everyone was asking after Marc Staal took a vicious puck to the eye was whether he was OK. The next question was whether he would start wearing a visor.
Hurricanes center Jordan Staal spoke about his brother Monday and said Marc is working his way back from the injury. He also had some inside information on the visor question.
“We asked him. I think he’s gonna...
During his month and a half in the NHL, JT Miller has proven that no moment is too big for him, including last night when he was put in position to get the Rangers two crucial points in the shootout...
Here's John Tortorella on Millers' shootout winner...
"I wanted to go with him and he almost fanned. He went so slow I think he missed it three or four times...