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Brodeur starts Saturday against Rangers

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:11 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur starts Saturday against Rangers
Brodeur starts Saturday against Rangers


Martin Brodeur
and the Devils won’t have to gear up for the Great Outdoors in this Battle of the Hudson.

There won’t be any glare, snow or frigid temperatures to contend with, and that’s just fine with Brodeur. He faces the Rangers for the first time since the Stadium Series when they visit Prudential Center on Saturday.

“When we play in a regular environment, we do well,” Brodeur said Friday. "We’re like indoor cats.”

The Devils were 3-0 against the Rangers heading into their Yankee Stadium showdown, having outscored them 11-5. Those fortunes changed in the Bronx, where Brodeur surrendered six goals in two periods and was relieved by Cory Schneider in a 7-3 loss.

The stakes are higher in this final regular-season meeting, with possible playoff hopes on the line.

“This one’s an important one, I guess, with the way the standings are shaping up to be,” Brodeur said. “They still have to play a game [Friday in Columbus], but for us, it’s the same story. It’s must-win games from here on out."

With 12 games to go, the objective is clear.

“We need to win,” Brodeur said. "We can’t afford to lose points especially when you play teams that you’re chasing. It’s even a lot more important."

The Devils snapped a three-game losing skid with Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota. Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique each collected three assists, including the helpers on Andy Greene’s winner.

"I think if we can bring that game to the rink here over the next 12 games, I feel very good about our chances,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “That’s been the battle here the last two or three weeks, is finding that game. I think it was a clear message last night to our group that when we play that way, we have a chance to have success. It’s just replicating that 12 times here.”

Brodeur has beaten the Rangers twice this season, both times at Madison Square Garden. The last one came on Dec. 7, when the Devils rallied from down 2-0 before Eric Gelinas iced a 4-3 win in OT.

“It’s a good team,” Brodeur said. "I think it’s a team that we respect a lot, their skill and their offensive talent. I think it brings the best out of us to make sure we play the right way. We know they’re not going to give up free goals too often. I think it keeps our offense accountable in bearing down on chances that we have.”

Said DeBoer: "I’m glad we’re playing the Rangers. There’s no motivation needed when you play them, not that we need any right now with the situation we’re in. It’s the right opponent for us at the right time and we have to rise to the occasion."

Ryan Carter (upper body, 3 games missed) skated in Friday’s limited practice and could be available Saturday.

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