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Brodeur, Devils ready for Rangers

Monday, 12.19.2011 / 3:47 PM / 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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 63 36 16 11 184 165 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 OTT 63 29 23 11 179 169 69
11 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
12 NJD 65 27 28 10 146 168 64
13 CBJ 64 27 33 4 166 203 58
14 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
15 CAR 63 24 32 7 145 170 55
16 BUF 65 19 41 5 125 218 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 53 24 10 4 34
A. Henrique 58 12 21 -3 33
P. Elias 55 10 17 -13 27
S. Gomez 41 5 19 -10 24
T. Zajac 57 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 50 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 47 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 65 2 14 7 16
E. Gelinas 45 5 9 -2 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 24 6 .928 2.18
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59