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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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51