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Marian Gaborik's scoring surge has the New York Rangers leading the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Another meeting with the struggling New Jersey Devils may keep it that way.
Gaborik attempts to find the net for a fourth consecutive game when the Rangers visit the Devils on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
Gaborik leads New York (42-15-7) with 32 goals and 58 points, including five goals and three assists during the Rangers' current 4-0-2 stretch. He has a goal in each of his last three games - his longest such streak since netting seven during a five-game run Dec. 17-26.
The All-Star right wing's success is one reason the Rangers have an eight-point cushion on Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division, and a one-point edge over Western Conference-leading Vancouver for the Presidents' Trophy.
Gaborik scored off a rebound Sunday in New York's 4-3 home victory over Northeast Division-leading Boston, currently the second seed in the East 12 points behind the Rangers.
"He's playing in traffic. He's been played in traffic all year long," coach John Tortorella said of Gaborik. "I haven't gone through all of his goals, but a number of them are just banging them in there. He's made a concerted effort to work on the details of his game offensively and defensively.
"I also have the faith that he's going to do the stuff away from the puck. I think he's really worked at a lot of small things in his game."
Gaborik hasn't had a point in the last two meetings with the Devils after getting two goals and three assists in the first two of the season. The teams have split the four games, with each winning once in the other's building.
Strong defensive play keyed the Rangers' 2- 0 home win over New Jersey on Feb. 27, as New York allowed a season-low 13 shots while getting goals from Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.
Callahan suffered a bruised foot while blocking a shot in that meeting, and has missed all three games since. It's unclear when the captain will return.
Henrik Lundqvist, 7-1-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and two shutouts in his last nine starts, figures to be back in net for New York after making 30 saves Sunday. He notched his league-leading eighth shutout of the season versus the Devils last week, and has won four of his last five visits to Newark while posting a 1.19 GAA and one shutout.
Backup Marty Biron started the most recent meeting in New Jersey on Jan. 31, making 26 saves through overtime in New York's 4-3 shootout loss.
While the Rangers seem to be pulling away in the East, the Devils (36-24-5) currently hold the sixth seed, two points behind fifth-place Philadelphia and one ahead of Ottawa in seventh.
New Jersey fell to 1-4-1 in its last six games after Sunday's 1-0 road loss to the New York Islanders. The Devils put 24 shots on net but failed to solve rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson.
"Obviously, we have to get to the net more," right wing David Clarkson said. "Every game means everything with how close the standings are. We can't sit here and dwell. We have to get ready for (the Rangers)."
The Rangers will probably be ready for Clarkson. He had 19 penalty minutes in last week's matchup, including a misconduct and a fighting major when he dropped the gloves against Brandon Dubinsky.
Clarkson's toughness has been accompanied by career highs of 25 goals and 37 points. He had one goal and one assist against the Rangers on Jan. 31.
Devils points leader Ilya Kovalchuk (62) has failed to score a goal in his last nine games, though he does have six assists in that stretch.
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The New York Rangers held their annual Garden of Dreams Casino Night last week at Gotham Hall, and Blueshirts United did a terrific job catching the action on video for those who did not attend. I was not there, but I know some of you were, so feel free to share your experience in the comments as well.
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