Trade deadline came and went with no Rick Nash, no trading of prospects or young players. Only XXXXL enforcer John Scott.
Ya boys are 2-1-1 in their last four, 22-7-2 in their last 31.
Same lineup, which means Henrik Lundqvist in goal … remember last deadline day, when Martin Biron broke his collarbone and it was too late to get a backup goalie? Lundqvist is 23-10-5 against the Devils in his career. He is 9-2, 1.35, .948, three shutouts in his last 11 starts.
Stu Bickel remains on defense, and Steve Eminger, Jeff Woywitka, and of course Scott, are prucha’d (or is that wolski’d?).
Martin Brodeur starts back to back games for the first time this season for the Devils, who have lost two in a row, but who defeated the Rangers in each of the last two meetings—a 1-0 decision at MSG earlier this month, and a 4-3 shootout win by the Devils in Newark Jan. 31.
The Rangers have 99 all-time regular-season wins against the Devils. And if that’s not daunting enough, Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter AND Stephane Matteau are all in the building.