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Thursday, February 22nd (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (37-17-6) at New York Rangers (29-26-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers complete their home-and-home series tonight in the Big Apple, as the Atlantic Division rivals converge at Madison Square garden.

The first portion of the series came Tuesday at the Meadowlands and the Devils skated to a 2-1 victory. Zach Parise scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Martin Brodeur made 35 saves to lead New Jersey.

Brodeur came up with a couple of huge saves before the Devils went the other way to score the game-winner on an odd-man rush. Scott Gomez was leading the charge, but it was Parise who failed on the backhand, then collected his own rebound off the right side of the net and flipped it over the goal line with 7:54 remaining.

Brian Rafalski also scored and Gomez added a pair of helpers for New Jersey, which has won three of four. The Devils lead the Atlantic with 80 points and are second in the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey was without the services of its leading point-scorer, Patrik Elias, as well as leading goal-scorer Brian Gionta. Elias sat out with the flu, while Gionta was sidelined with a groin injury. Elias is questionable for tonight's test, while Gionta is expected to miss his fourth straight game.

Petr Prucha had the lone tally for New York in Tuesday's loss, the second for the Blueshirts in their last six games (4-2-0). Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net, making 24 saves.

New Jersey has been decent as the road team this season, posting a 15-11-2 mark away from East Rutherford. The Rangers, meanwhile, have been shaky at MSG, going 12-13-3 as the host club this season.

The Devils hold a slim 4-3 edge over New York in what has been an excellent season series. Despite this year's close play, Jersey has still won seven of the last 11 encounters between the clubs.

02/22 10:38:43 ET


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