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The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils will renew the Hudson River rivalry Monday night, starting in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Although the Rangers were expected to be here, the Devils certainly weren't. So what happens in the reunion of these Atlantic Division rivals in these playoffs? Season series The division rivals split their six regular-season matchups, with each team winning twice on its home ice and once on the road. New York outscored New Jersey 14-11, with the Devils getting an extra "goal" for winning the shootout on Jan. 31. Key players A winner of the Conn Smythe trophy when he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004, Brad Richards is making a case to win another with the Rangers this season. His six goals and 11 points lead the team, though his 49.5 percent success rate in the faceoff circle is slightly worrisome. In fact, of all the regular faceoff men the blueshirts employ, only fourth-line man John Mitchell is winning more t...
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