So it goes without saying that this should be the night that the Devils finally shake loose of the Rangers recent stranglehold over them.
The stars are aligned for New Jersey, right? The Devils have won eight of nine. The Rangers, despite their squeaker in Atlanta, are still struggling. All of it points to a potential new chapter in this rivalry. Then again, the Rangers have always said their meetings with the Devils are the games in which they’re most able to pay attention to detail, and given the team’s “newfound success in driving to the net”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081212/SPORTS01/812120368/-1/SPORTS, this game could be coming at the right time.
I don’t know. What I do know is — wait for the cliche, here it comes — they play the games for a reason.
Optional skate today at the Rock. My expectation is the lineup and the lines stay the same as Wednesday night, although Henrik Lundqvist will of course be back in net.