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Blueshirts preview as Rangers host Atlantic Division-rival Devils

In the second meeting in a week the New York Rangers (33-12-5) will look for revenge against the New Jersey Devils (30-19-3) in a 7:00 pm face-off at Madison Square Garden.  The Blueshirts enter the game after a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

New York now has four victories in the past five games, and holds a 16-4-1 record in the last 21 games. The Rangers’ have posted a 30-9-3 record since Oct 29, and are one victory shy of 100 all-time against their Atlantic Division-rivals the New Jersey Devils.

The last time the Metro-area teams’ met at The Rock, the Rangers had a one-goal lead until David Clarkson cashed in on an dumped-in puck that ricochet off the boards, and placed itself perfectly for the Devils winger, who scored the game-tying goal at the time.

New Jersey skated away with the two points when sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal in the shootout frame. The Devils have been picking-up steam as of late in conference play, as the team is currently one point back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for fifth place.

The Blueshirts are expected to have Henrik Lundqvist back in the cage for this meeting against the Devils.  Hank has ruled New Jersey thus far, holding a 23-9-5 record with an 1.82 goals-against average and five shutouts in the regular reason.

Lundqvist looks to continue his dominate play at MSG, as the Swedish-keeper holds a 13-3-2 record, 1.46 GAA with four of the five shutouts coming on home territory.

Written on February 7, 2012

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