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Brodeur starts Saturday against Rangers

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:11 PM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59