Posted February 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
An overtime goal put the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals last spring, and sent the New York Rangers back home to regroup. There isn't that much at stake this time at the Prudential Center, but the memory of that series is sure to further fuel the animosity between the bitter rivals Tuesday night. New Jersey (4-1-3) got a goal from Adam Henrique 1:03 into overtime to beat top-seeded New York 3-2 in Game 6 of the conference finals on May 25, capping the series with a third straight win. The Devils, however, fell short of matching the Rangers' four Stanley Cups, losing in six games to Los Angeles. While the memory of ousting New York (4-4-0) from the playoffs provided some solace to fans, coach Peter DeBoer took a different tack. "There was a lot of people that felt that was as nice for them as a Stanley Cup win because of who they were and the history of the two teams," he said while claiming to disagree with that sentiment. "I didn't appreciate what it was until I lived through it, and it was a great experience. "You don't need any big motivational speeches when we're playing them," he added. The Devils enter this meeting coming off Sunday's 3-0 road victory over the New York Islanders, doing all of the scoring in the final 3:54 to end a four-game slide. The Rangers have won four of six, but seek consistency of their own after winning 3-2 at Tampa Bay on Saturday, two days after falling 3-0 at home to Pittsburgh. "If you ask (Rangers coach John Tortorella), he's probably going to say the same things that I am that we're a work in progress," DeBoer said. "We're inching toward our vision of where we see our respective teams. I don't think either team is there yet." Tortorella may agree since New York is allowing 2.75 goals per game after ranking third in the NHL last season with 2.22. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be back in net after being rested Saturday. He's 3-4-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average after going 39-18-5 with a 1.97 goals-against average last season while winning the Vezina Trophy. He struggled in the last three games of the East finals, compiling a 3.35 GAA. He has a 1.55 GAA and two shutouts while winning eight of his last 12 regular-season starts against the Devils, usually facing Martin Brodeur. Brodeur, rested Sunday, is also off to a slow start at 3-1-2 with a 2.75 GAA. The four-time Vezina winner had a 2.00 GAA against the Rangers in the conference finals, turning aside 33 shots in the decisive victory. "I expect a tough game against the Devils," Lundqvist told the team's official website. "They're a good team, and the last time we played them was a special, special series." "It's always fun to play against Marty and the Devils. I love those games, the rivalry, and the intensity in the building is always great. It's special for us, and for the fans, too." That intensity may be on display early since four of the six regular-season meetings in 2011-12 included fisticuffs in the opening minutes, three touching off as soon as the puck dropped. It'll certainly be new for Rick Nash, acquired in a blockbuster deal with Columbus in an effort to help the Rangers this season. He has just two goals so far, and no points in four career visits to New Jersey. In another move geared towards the postseason, New York sent center Michael Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri on Monday. The Rangers also recalled J.T. Miller, 19, from Connecticut of the AHL. The 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft had nine points in seven games while helping the United States win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships last month.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Pyatt another savy addition by Sather

Pyatt has proven to be a nice addition so far by Glen Sather Strike up another successful acquisition by Glen Sather. Taylor Pyatt –all 6’4 and 230 lbs of him– has proven to be a solid add to the Rangers, even though we’re still too early in the year to make significant conclusions. While Sather goes about adding integral pieces to roster like Rick Nash and Brad Richards...

Rupp For Powe/Palmieri: Analyzing the Rangers-Wild Trade

The Rangers made their real trade of the 2012-2013 season early on Monday when they shipped center Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri. Rupp and Powe will swap places on the fourth line for the Wild and Rangers respectively, while Palmieri has been sent [...]

Bernier's late goals help end Devils' losing streak

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In a span of a little more than half an hour Sunday, the New Jersey Devils went from fretting over the possibility of suffering their fifth straight loss to boarding the team bus fresh off a lopsided win that catapulted them into second place in the Atlantic Division. Welcome to the 48-game NHL season, where the path from panic to relief - and vice versa - is...

I Guess Kreider's Ankle is Ok

One of the few bright spots last night was Chris Kreider's absolute snipe in the third period... ...i guess the ankle is ok. You can see him entering the zone with a head of steam and Richards lead him perfectly down the wing. And then obviously he unleashes just a nasty shot. After seeing a play like that it seems unfathomable that he only had five goals in 33 games...

Rangers at Devils (Game 9)

The New York Rangers (4-4-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) at the Prudential Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio (FM 98.7), XM 215 Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus): http://www.firstrow1.eu/watch/167412/1/watch-new-jersey-devils-vs-new-york-rangers.html ...

Clarkson, Brodeur Beat Blueshirts 3-1

For the New York Rangers, tonight must have seemed familiar as the team was beaten by the strong performances of New Jersey Devils' forward David Clarkson and netminder Martin Brodeur in a 3-1 loss. Clarkson continues to show that last year was not a fluke as he picked up his sixth and seventh goal of the year by doing something the Rangers have not done often enough this season...

Rangers trade Rupp to Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers are trying to shake things up after getting off to slow starts by engaging in a trade. The Wild sent forward Darroll Powe and minor-league forward Nick Palmieri to the Rangers in exchange for forward Michael Rupp. The Wild also also recalled top prospect Charlie Coyle, who was expected to make his NHL debut on Monday against Phoenix. ...

Tuesday (2/5/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist refuses to look back Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: Taylor Pyatt solid addition, but Rangers still tweaking roster New York Post - Rangers face Devils in Newark for first time since Eastern Conference finals Daily News - Rangers-Devils renew rivalry that's hot as hell New York Times - For Lundqvist, Question Gets...

Rangers Trade Mike Rupp To Minnesota For Darroll Powe

The New York Rangers have traded forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. More on this trade later. … shocked the Rangers were able to trade Rupp and get two forwards back in the deal. At the current moment I do not know what to make of it [...]

Devils Continue Super Bowl Sunday Victory Streak with 3-0 Win in Long Island

  That's right folks. Whenever the Devils play on Super Bowl Sunday, they usually win and that did not change today. After a disappointing finish in Pittsburgh last afternoon, the Devils headed to Long Island to play the New York Islanders for the second time in three games. This game was a crucial one for New Jersey as it would give them the opportunity to make up...

What Is This Team's Identity?

Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that the Rangers are having an identity crisis right now... "Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there...

Wild acquire rugged Rupp from Rangers

The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild on Monday for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. The deal was announced hours before the Wild faced the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona. The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik. New York is also dealing...

Rangers Trying To Find Their Identity

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there ever were one, seem to be grappling for an identity in this new season...

Move to Wing Made Boyle More Aggressive

Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports on how John Tortorella's decision to move Brian Boyle to the wing against Tampa on Saturday night benefited him and the team. Here's Boyle on the move...  "It's just a little bit more concentrated on one spot," Boyle said of the wing, where he's played "certain shifts here and there, maybe a game or two...

Albany Devils 4, Connecticut Whale 3 (SO)

By Wil Goldsholl Hartford, CT, February 5, 2013 - On a night where Connecticut and the parent-team New York Rangers made some personnel swaps, the Devils bested both clubs Tuesday; the Whale suffered a loss at the hands of Albany, 4-3 in a shootout, while the Rangers fell to New Jersey, 3-1. Brandon Mashinter was boomeranged to New York; he left for the Big Apple with J.T...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.