NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, March 30th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (26-38-7-8) at New Jersey Devils (41-24-12-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils continue their push for the Atlantic
Division title when they host the New York Rangers tonight at Continental
The Devils are just two behind idle Philadelphia for the top spot in the
division with three games remaining for each team. If the Devils win tonight,
they will jump from the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference to the third slot
because they have more wins than the Flyers.
New Jersey won its second straight game on Sunday night, as it defeated the
New York Islanders. Patrik Elias recorded a goal and two assists to lead the
Devils to the 3-2 win at the Meadowlands.
Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta also scored for New Jersey, while Scott
Gomez also added three assists.
Brodeur saw just 14 shots as the Devils snapped a three-game skid to New York,
while Rick DiPietro made 25 saves in a losing effort.
Elias now has 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last five games, while Gionta has
eight game-winning goals on the season.
On the injury front, the Devils also lost winger Grant Marshall to a broken
right hand. He is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.
The Devils, 7-2-2 in their last 11 home tests, complete a two-game
homestand tonight. New Jersey will close the season with a home-and-home
series against the Bruins this weekend.
The Rangers helped the Devils' cause on Saturday, as they defeated the Flyers,
3-1, at the Wachovia Center. Stephen Valiquette made 38 saves, including 21 in
the third period, in his first start of the season for New York.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who won for the first
time in nine games (1-5-0-3).
Josh Green and Bobby Holik also scored while Jan Hlavac registered two assists
for New York, which came out victorious for the first time in six meetings
this season against Philly (1-4-0-1).
The Rangers close out a two-game road trip tonight before hosting the Buffalo
Sabres on Wednesday.
The Devils are 3-1-1 against New York this season and are 8-1-5 in the last 14
matchups. The Rangers also have just two wins in their previous 20 trips to
New Jersey (2-15-3).
03/30 10:33:19 ET