Devils at Rangers today (3 p.m.); Must-win … for Devils


This is an enormous game for the Rangers, who have an opportunity to put three points between themselves and ninth-place Winnipeg — a huge lead at this stage of the season — and to move up in the standings this week.

But it’s an even bigger game for the Devils, the team that eliminated the Rangers from the playoffs last spring, who will be eliminated from participation in the playoffs if they lose today, in any fashion.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said this will be “a man’s game.”

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Sunday, Apr. 21, 3:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 23-17-4 (50 pts)
Devils: 16-17-10 (42 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 23-17-4 (50 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 8-4, on Friday at First Niagara Center, and are now 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. New York has won four of their last five games, and are 6-2-1 since the trade deadline. The Devils are currently 17-17-10 (44 pts), and have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Following today’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m.), in their second meeting in five days.
All-Time: 102-85-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 46-55-7-4 on the road)
2013: Tomorrow is the third of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) following a 3-2 win on Mar. 19 at Prudential Center. Michael Del Zotto leads the team in scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) in the series, including one shorthanded goal. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.54 GAA and .906 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 16-18 (88.9%) with one shorthanded goal in the season series. Carl Hagelin led allskaters with six assists, eight points and a plus-five rating in six games. Derek Stepan (two goals, four assists) tied Hagelin for the team-high with two goals apiece, while Dan Girardi led all series defensemen in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, and Martin Biron was 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%.
– The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 15 of their last 19 meetings
– The Rangers have registered a point in 14 of their last 21 games against the Devils (12-7-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009
– New York ranks 10th in the NHL with a 14-6-2 (30 pts) record at home; New Jersey ranks 20th in the NHL with a 6-8-8 (20 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 8-6-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Devils are 9-4-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Arron Asham (2007-08)
– New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster
– Henrik Lundqvist — 43 GP, 26-12-5, 1.83 GAA, 6 SO
– Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 40 GP, 5-29-34
– Ryan Callahan — 26 GP, 7-10-17
– Dan Girardi — 36 GP, 1-14-15
– The Rangers’ power play is 7-30 (23.3%) in the last nine games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
– New York has registered a point in 17 of 21 games (15-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (1:49) on Friday at Buffalo. New York ranks 21st overall (22-135, 16.3%) and is tied for 13th at home (15-71, 21.1%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last –3/24 vs. WSH), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered two goals to the Sabres in four power play attempts (5:50) on Friday at Buffalo. New York is tied or 16th overall (112-138, 81.2%) and ranks 13th at home (63-74, 85.1%). The Rangers are 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:11) on Friday at Buffalo, and are now Even in 29 four-on-four situations (60:55) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 21-9-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 10-5-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 21-9-2 with a 2.00 GAA, .927 Sv% and six shutouts in 32 games over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 35 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-7-5 with a 1.77 GAA, .933 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.
The Rangers swept their final back-to-back set, defeating the Florida Panthers, 6-1, at MSG on Thursday and the Buffalo Sabres, 8-4, on Friday at First Niagara Center. Their 14 combined goals were the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since Jan. 17-19, 2010 (14 goals), and their most in a back-to-back set since Mar. 1-2, 1992 (16 goals). The Rangers’ eight goals on Friday were their most since Nov. 14, 2010 (8-2 win vs. EDM) and they established a franchise record for fastest five goals, tallying five goals in a span of 2 min. 58 sec. in the contest.
Prior to Thursday’s contest, Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan was named recipient of the 2012-13 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, for performing “above and beyond the call of duty,” for the fourth time in the last five years. He later recorded two power play assists, and was credited with a game-high five hits and three blocked shots, while skating in his 400th career NHL contest in a 6-1 win against Florida.
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season in a 6-1 victory on Thursday against Florida, to become one of five active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9; Kiprusoff, 8).
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, in a 1-0 overtime win on Apr. 13 at Long Island. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts.
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 90 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 84-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 14-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (T-4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.30
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.2
– 2nd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 1292
– 4th (T-6th in NHL) in BkS — 703
– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of his last 16 games (10-4-2, 1.85 GAA, .932 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
– Rick Nash — 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 10 April games
– Derek Stepan — 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in the last 26 games, including 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 10 contests
– Mats Zuccarello — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (three goals, one assist over the span)
– Derick Brassard — nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games as a Ranger
– Ryan Callahan — nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 10 games
– Ryane Clowe — seven points (three goals, four assists) in nine games as a Ranger
– Steve Eminger — 1 point from 100th NHL career
– Taylor Pyatt — 1 game from 800th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 4 games from 900th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 1 point from 100th NHL career
– Henrik Lundqvist — 500th career NHL game (4/5 at PIT)
– Ryan Callahan — 400th career NHL game (4/18 vs. FLA)
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 44
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 23
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 9
– Brian Boyle (injured, 4/16) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 117

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  1. Cross Check Charlie on

    Get 2 points and eliminate the Devils? That would be like a Christmas present in April.

  2. the way I see it is, if the rangers want to make the playoffs they better win the rest of there games and don’t lose in regulation.

  3. Let’s put in about 8 goals today on Marty and make his decision to retire easier.

  4. Big test to see if this group has a hint of what takes to compete after the regular season ends. This has been the type of game this year’s team loses. They can start to close the book on – no other way to put it – a disappointing season by winning a game the should win.

    They have done that the last two games, and they haven’t really been awful in the last ten. Players and coaches like to say that once you’re in, everyone has a clean slate. The Rangers have that opportunity and it really ramps up today.

    Although it has been the trend since the Gaborik trade (3.5 GPG), I don’t care if they net 6 or 8 goals (wouldn’t that be sweet aGAINst Marty) as long as they play that hard style, control the game and win their way. Because doing that, consistently, is the only way they will make some noise in May.


  5. That’s our Stanley Cup game – to send river rats packing. Debbies, you suck, you suck, you suck!

  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Feel fortunate to be going with my Devil hating daughter. This is a true test for our boys. We need this. We need this.

    Step out on the ice, be ready and rock ’em!!!!!

    Devils got all their pegs back. This team is dangerous. We win and we show the world we are ready for anyone!!!!

    LGR!! LGR!!

  7. Today- may the sun shine may the derbils whine
    and may the rangers grind…out a two point assen kicken WIN!!!! LGR !!

  8. Haven’t said this all year. I WANT this win! Have some pride and some balls and go take this game like you damn well should boys! LGR

  9. 3 out of 4 wins regardless how we do it gets us in playoffs. winnipeg can only get to 55. if we win all 4 good chance we avoid 8th and the penguins.

  10. yes, but three out of four wins means one of the games will bring doom, gloom, season-over, fire/trade everybody, blame, blame, blame, etc. to this quiet peaceful blog.

  11. We’re ready for those gerbils! Hope they are also ready for the Devils! LGR!;>D

  12. if the rangers make it to the playoffs, look out, I can see the doom and gloom already :-).

  13. it’ll be insane this year, because they’re going to lose and probably a lot earlier than last year … and yet last year, with all the joy that should have been appreciated over 102 games or whatever it was, people were still miserable here whenever the Rangers gave up a goal, never mind whenever they lost a playoff game.

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    It’d be cool if the Garden was even half as loud today as it was yesterday afternoon for the Knicks game. What are the odds?

  15. rob

    i will be there and no shot it is half as loud. this garden crowd this year= del zaster

  16. The Marty chant is something I hope MSG can still get behind, Rob. If not, I can officially declare the arena dead.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    A Sunday afternoon ‘family’ game will be full of cotton candy and soda pop – don’t expect an informed Ranger crowd and any unusually load cheering unless we score early and often.

  18. Czechthemout!!! on

    Looks like the Habs have been in a freefall the last 3 weeks or so. Could it be that the mighty Proust and his magic has disapeared?

  19. Stranger Nation on

    No Prust or Boyle, but the Rangers are winning?? Didnt think it was possible…

    Habs have a smallish team with lots of speed and skill. With ‘tighter’ ice in second season, they may have less room to operate and be challenged moving bodies off crease.

  20. The writing’s on the wall. These clowns will lose and lose big. 9-0 Devils with a Kovy hat trick and a Brodeur shutout + goal. Count on it.

  21. I watched some of the caps/habs game yesterday. the announcer mentioned how the habs rested prust the last game they played because of the way prust plays. When I heard that I thought of what Carp said about prust and how that 4 year deal is going to look bad by the 3rd year. Montreal is definitely a team you want to play in the first round. They have been losing frequently and look like a 1 and done team.

  22. They way our boys respond today to a pumped up Devil team will set the tone for the remainder of the year. I am anxious to watch how they do.

    If we meet the challenge, compete in all areas of the ice and manage to capture 2 points, it may provide the spark of confidence the team has been missing all year.

    On the other hand, if the Devils spank us, probably wise for us to get the golf clubs ready. They may still get in, but I doubt they’ll be going anywhere past Round 1.

  23. Gift of GAB-orik-Ohio-o-Clowe on

    Hey all! First… LGR!

    Second, I got together with a local hockey league to do a charity ice hockey tournament to benefit The One Fund Boston. The games will be played 5/27/13 in Hauppauge NY.
    We will be doing a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and selling bracelets with proceeds to go to the foundation. Anyone in the area who wants to play or help in other ways, can go to to keep up with details and info.

    We’re calling it Skate For Boston.

  24. Hagerstown MD Ranger fan on

    I have been a Ranger fan since 1981. I am a retired NYC Police Officer originally from Brooklyn. Been in the Peoples Republic of Maryland for a decade now. I have not been able to get to the Garden this year. The only other season that I have missed out on getting to the garden to see our New York Rangers was n 1994 and you know what happened then. I can dream can’t I. Having said that it is likely the only way our boys beat the Penguins ina playoff matchup is if all of the Penguin squad suddenly comes down with bouts of amoebic dysentary. Anyway as the great prognosticator Ron Duguay has told us anything can happen in the playoffs. It’s nice to have a genuis like oolala Duguay on hockey night live isn’t it. Boy are we fortunate. They couldn’t have hired a guy like Glenn Healy for that job? This has been my first post to this blog and I hope I have offended no one.

  25. Some of the posters here are probably amoeba, Hagerstown MD Ranger fan. Might want to be more careful next time.

  26. Hagerstown MD Ranger fan on

    Thank you Latona. I appreciate the advice and I will be on my p’s and q’s from here on out.

  27. Hagerstown, the way I see it, you have a very tough call to make. do you, knowing the Rangers are probably not going to make a run at the cup this year, keep the streak alive and try to get to the remaining home game next Saturday and save the lucky charm of not getting to the garden for another season when they have, ahem, a cup challenging team? I suggest you try to get to the Garden. We need your lucky charm for another year when we have a bettor team. :)

  28. Rangers win 20-0, Brodeur retires with 7:00 left in the 2nd, showered and eating wings before the intermission begins.

  29. Any chance the Knicks could possibly do everyone a favor and disappear so we might have a chance for the first time all year at some passably decent home ice?

  30. I’ve always been amused by these analysts, color, studio guys who have never remotely been a part of a championship team. Yet they know what it takes to be successful.

  31. Let’s be serious for hockey moment.

    How many of you would have believed that the Isles would/could have the season they’ve had to date?

    And how many of you would revise your opinion of their current roster and prospects?

    I am a life (very long)Ranger fan but when you see their performance this year and research their prospects I think the Brooklyn Isles are for real.

    Now fess up you doubters! ;)

  32. Gold is down, followers, and tumbling further. Got some stashed in your basement or loft? I’d be willing to take all you have off your hands before it’s worthless, in return for autographed 8×10 color glossy of me and Duguay taken at JC Penney West 32nd Ralph Lifshitz Polo kiosk. Tweet Sean Avery #16.

  33. yea, islanders future looks ok, according to my islander friend they will be elite by the time they play at the Barclays Center. I got a good laugh thanks to my friend. Islanders have a 38 year old goaltender and no promising prospect goaltenders in there system, not to mention there defense has a few veterans on it and there prospects are nothing to write home about so, yes, finally the islanders might be playoff contenders this year but can we see what the islanders do in a real season before we make them cup contenders.

  34. Cmons, you mean the team that’s been one or three points ahead of the sad-sack NYR who have had such an awful, disappointing, underachieving, mediocrity-filled season? That team?

  35. to add to carp’s post @ 1:04 ;),
    the team the rangers beat 1-0 in overtime, that team?

  36. Hagerstown, about time we had a cop on this beat. Some of our contributors are gulping large sugary sodas and emanating second hand smoke while they post. :)

  37. Stranger Nation on

    If you feel the Ice Mets will compete with one line and aging D for a series v. Pissburg or Bs…

  38. Quote from uncle of Boston bombing Suspects:

    Ruslan Tsarni, who said he was an uncle of the brothers, told CNN on Saturday he first noticed a change in Tamerlan’s religious views in 2009. He suggested the radicalization of his nephew happened while he was in the United States “in the streets of Cambridge (Massachusetts).”

    Can there be any doubt that a full scale invasion of Cambridge is in order? At the very least never ending drone strikes?


  39. Hagerstown MD Rangers fan on

    Well Papa Bear perhaps you are right I better get to MSG for the last game of the season and not go next season. You are most wise Papa Bear. THanks Carp I’m glad to be a part of the madness. Those sugary sodas are bad cooscoos however if you attend the West Indian Day parade you can feel free to smoke a joint. It’s wonderful that our priorities are in order. Have a 32 ounce coke on me and if you dare drink it in public.

  40. Tony, no disrespect to the missus but YOU say you can walk.

    Don’t be a mamby pamby ;)

    Tony the Tiger!

  41. If the Rangers can’t get at least 6 out of the 8 points, then I can’t feel sorry if the other teams wind up with more points.

    I will continue to root for all scenarios that give the Rangers the best chance to be successful in the playoffs aka the Rangers playing Winnipeg as the #6 seed…

  42. Carp- After doing this blog for X number of years do you think you’ve gotten better at sensing the tone of a post? For sure it gets easier as you learn a poster’s ‘personality’, but do you think you’ve come to do so more readily?

  43. Did you guys see the hilarious tweet from (frequent RR Three Stars selector) Kenny Albert the other day. He was helping his daughter with homework and they came across the word “phonebook” and she asked him “What’s a phonebook?” And when he explained it to her, she said, “Isn’t that what your ‘contacts’ are for?”

  44. Hagerstown MD Rangers fan on

    Nice picture of Marty up top. Must have been a poorly cooked cheeseburger or maybe he’s a tad flatulent.Rangers need to set the tone right from the drop of the puck. I hope they play with a sense of urgency and with intensity for 60 minutes today. Too often they seem to completely disappear for stretches of time in nearly every game. Can’t afford to do that the rest of the way. LGR

  45. If you’re planning to drink during the game, please remember to drink irresponsibly.

  46. If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. GW

    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. GW

    Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. GW

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