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Brodeur, Devils ready for Rangers

Monday, 12.19.2011 / 3:47 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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It has taken an unusually long time for the Devils and Rangers to face off this season, but the wait is almost over.

With 32 games already in the books, the cross-river rivals will finally do battle Tuesday night at Prudential Center.

If it seems like it's been awhile – it has. Last season, the Devils faced the Rangers in their ninth game. Two years ago, they met them twice in their first eight.

"It's pretty rare that we wait so long to play them," said Martin Brodeur, who will start. "We're over 30 games into the season and we haven't played them. I'm sure everybody's going to be excited – the fans, the players – just to get that atmosphere. We had a great, emotional night last time we played at home because of [Scott Niedermayer's number] retirement. This is another big, emotional night playing against our rivals in our building."

New Jersey (18-13-1) has won a season-high four straight and will look to stay on a roll in a key home game against a divisional foe. The Rangers, meanwhile, snapped a two-game skid with Saturday's 3-2 victory in Phoenix. They lead the Devils by three points in the standings.

"It's a rivalry game so I think everybody gets up for it," said Brodeur. "In the past, it didn't matter what team was rolling. It's a matchup that I think everybody enjoys just because of the atmosphere in the building. We're looking forward to just continuing what we're doing."

Goals are coming in bunches for the Devils, who have lit the lamp 11 times in their last two outings and scored five or more in three of their last four. Despite being held off the scoresheet in Saturday's 5-3 win at Montreal, Zach Parise has five goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games.

"Someone was asking me the other day if we've beaten them, and I said, 'We haven't played them yet,'" Parise said. "It's surprising we're almost halfway through the season and we haven't played them once."

The teams last squared off on April 9 at Madison Square Garden. Parise, who missed 69 games last season, hasn't faced the Rangers since Oct. 24, 2010.

"It'll be exciting," he said. "Hopefully, it'll be a good atmosphere at the rink."

Patrik Elias, who set a new franchise mark Saturday with his 348th goal, missed Monday's practice due to illness. Henrik Tallinder (back spasms) has missed the last two games and did not skate Monday.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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