NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 22nd (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (4-3-0) at New York Rangers (7-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try to get right back in the win column tonight when they welcome the rival New Jersey Devils for an Atlantic Division battle at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers had won seven straight on the heels of a season-opening setback in Pittsburgh, but that hot streak came to an end Monday night against the visiting San Jose Sharks.
Meanwhile, the Devils have won four of their last five games after beginning the season with consecutive losses.
This marks the second meeting of the year between the Devils and Rangers after New York notched a 3-2 regulation victory in Jersey on October 5. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 15 games against the Devils and New Jersey has dropped six of seven and nine of its last 12 at MSG.
The Rangers had their winning streak snapped in convincing fashion Monday, as Devin Setoguchi led a 7-3 win for the Sharks with two goals and an assist.
Chris Drury, Enver Lisin and Michael Del Zotto each tallied for the Rangers, who were unable to hold an early two-goal lead and allowed their most goals in one game this season. San Jose used a pair of power-play goals to help mount the comeback.
"I think the power-play goals...were pretty deflating," said Drury. "Those were big kills we had to have."
Marian Gaborik, New York's biggest offseason addition, was held without a point for the first time since donning a Rangers sweater. The Slovakian winger notched six goals and six assists through his team's first eight games before being kept off the scoresheet on Monday.
Stephen Valiquette got the start and was pulled after allowing five goals on 18 shots through two periods. Henrik Lundqvist finished the game by stopping 10-of-12 shots for New York, which failed in its bid to win eight in a row for the first time since December 27, 1974-January 11, 1975.
Lundqvist is expected to start tonight and is 16-5-4 with a stellar 1.81 goals-against average in 25 career games against the Devils.
Monday's loss was also New York's first in five home games this season.
The Devils notched a 2-0 victory over visiting Carolina on Saturday as Martin Brodeur stepped closer to equaling yet another NHL goaltending mark. Brodeur made 26 saves to pick up the shutout and move within one of Terry Sawchuk's all-time record.
The shutout was the first of the season for Brodeur, who now has 102 in his storied career. The Hall-of-Famer Sawchuk recorded 103 during a 21-season career. Last year, Brodeur, who has 561 career victories, became the league's all-time winningest goaltender when he passed Patrick Roy for that distinction.
Jamie Langenbrunner scored and Zach Parise added an empty-net goal for the Devils, who picked up their first home win in four tries this season.
Tonight marks the first of back-to-back road tests against divisional opponents for the Devils, who will also visit Pittsburgh on Saturday. New Jersey has a perfect 3-0-0 mark as the guest this year.
10/22 10:48:02 ET