Preview: Devils at Rangers
Thursday, 10.25.2007 / 7:00 PM
New Jersey Devils
newjerseydevils.com – There's one last stop on the season-high nine-game road trip, and the Devils are just a game away from Saturday's homecoming in Newark.
But before Brent Sutter's squad plays its Oct. 27 Prudential Center opener against Ottawa, they have a Broadway date tonight with the Rangers (7:00 pm, FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).
After posting consecutive wins over Atlanta and Pittsburgh, New Jersey (3-4-1) is coming off of back-to-back losses to the Flyers and Islanders.
On Saturday, Bill Guerin scored with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to hand the Devils a 4-3 defeat at Nassau Coliseum. Guerin's goal spoiled New Jersey's comeback from a two-goal deficit in the third period.
Jay Pandolfo scored his third of the season at the 2:22 mark of the third to put the Devils within a goal of the Isles at 3-2. Brian Gionta tied it up at 3-3 with 7:49 remaining.
New Jersey led 1-0 after the first period on a Zach Parise goal, but allowed three Islander goals on 16 shots in the second period.
"We keep digging a hole," Gionta said. "We tried to dig out of it. We have to straighten that up."
The Devils are taking on a Rangers team that has dropped four straight. New York has scored a league-low 13 goals, and has been shut out three times in a 2-5-1 start.
The Rangers have lost back-to-back 1-0 games for the first time since they entered the NHL in 1926. They have gone 181 minutes, nine seconds without an even-strength goal.
Martin Brodeur is 38-15-1 with 15 ties, seven shutouts and a 2.07 GAA lifetime against the Rangers. His 38 wins against the two New York-area teams are tied for his most versus any opponent.
Brodeur will face ex-Devil Scott Gomez for the first time this season. Gomez is tied for the Rangers' team lead with two goals but has just one assist in eight games.
The Devils try to shut down their one-time teammate and extend a run of successes versus their Hudson River rivals. New Jersey went 5-2-1 against the Rangers last season, winning each of the final four meetings by one goal.
With a win tonight, New Jersey would finish the road trip with a 2-1-1 record against the Atlantic Division, gaining five out of a possible eight points. The Rangers are winless in two division matchups this season.
Before signing with the Devils in the offseason, Kevin Weekes
spent the last two seasons with the Rangers. He compiled a 18-20-5 record in 46 games with a 3.08 goals-against average... Karel Rachunek
spent last season and the end of the 2003-04 season with New York... Mike Mottau
was the Rangers’ 10th choice, 182nd overall in the 1997 Entry Draft. He skated in 19 games over two seasons, 2000-01 and 2001-02, tallying three assists and 13 PIM.