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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 64 2 13 7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 23 6 .928 2.17
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59