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Devils look to stay in hunt against Rangers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Devils look to stay in hunt against Rangers
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers

DEVILS (17-17-10) at RANGERS (23-17-4)

RADIO: Bloomberg 1130 AM

Last 10: New Jersey 2-6-2, New York 7-2-1

Season series: The teams have split the opening two games of the four-game set. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center to even the season series March 19. Rick Nash scored 7:25 into the second period to break a 2-2 tie. The clubs will meet once more in the regular season, April 27 at Madison Square Garden.

Big story: Fans can anticipate a Stanley Cup Playoffs-type atmosphere when these Hudson River rivals square off. The New Jersey Devils pulled to within six points of the Rangers for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on Saturday with a 6-2 victory against the Florida Panthers. Each team enters having won its past two games.

"This is a must win [on Sunday]," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "That will be a man's game. They've got an opportunity to close us out, and I'm sure they're going to relish that, and we'll have to get off the bus and be ready to compete."

Team Scope:

Devils: The return of defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who has finished serving his four-game suspension for an elbowing incident April 10, could provide a boost, but DeBoer hasn't come out and stated that the hard-hitting Russian would be reinserted into the lineup. The Devils have put together a two-game winning streak for the first time since March 21-23 and the team has allowed two goals in those two matches. After spotting the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the opening eight minutes Saturday, New Jersey scored six unanswered, including a pair by Patrik Elias, to secure the victory.

Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup against the Panthers after missing the previous 11 games with a right shoulder injury and, despite not registering a point, earned a team-high 22:43 of ice time on a line with center Adam Henrique and left wing Dainius Zubrus.

Rangers: Brad Richards notched the first hat trick of his career on four shots and won 64 percent of his faceoffs (9-of-14) to help lead New York to an 8-4 triumph against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Nash had a goal and an assist and has produced seven goals and 12 points in 10 games during April. Additionally, Ryane Clowe, who had a goal and one assist, has three goals and seven points in nine games since being acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline. The eight goals scored on Buffalo were a season high and the most by the Rangers since Nov. 14, 2010 -- an 8-2 decision against the Edmonton Oilers at MSG.

Who's hot: Rangers forward Derek Stepan has five goals and 12 points in the past nine games.

Injury report: Rangers forward Brian Boyle (lower body) is doubtful, and forward Derek Dorsett (collarbone) and defenseman Marc Staal (right eye) are out. … Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (wrist) is doubtful.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 27 '13 NJD 0 at NYR 4 D. Stepan
Apr 21 '13 NJD 1 at NYR 4 D. Stepan
Mar 19 '13 NYR 3 at NJD 2 R. Nash
Feb 05 '13 NYR 1 at NJD 3 D. Clarkson
P. Elias45132033+52040
I. Kovalchuk34101828-31824
D. Clarkson4514923-67655
T. Zajac4561218-52011
M. Zidlicky4541317-103410
A. Henrique4011516-11432
S. Bernier458715-61721
R. Carter416915-12701
A. Greene4541115+101821
S. Sullivan396814-132430
S. Gionta4541014+31400
A. Loktionov268412-2410
A. Ponikarovsky40459+01401
D. Zubrus19268-2800
M. D'Agostini29336-5800
M. Fayne31156+61600
A. Larsson34066+41200
P. Harrold20235-7410
A. Volchenkov34134-13700
H. Tallinder24134+21000
S. Matteau17123-1600
B. Butler14112-6010
B. Salvador39022-122200
J. Josefson19022-9200
T. Kostopoulos14101+01800
M. Tedenby4011+0200
M. Anderson2011+1000
K. Barch22000+14400
T. Sestito6000+1200
C. Janssen4000-1200
H. Pesonen4000-1200
M. Brodeur2812-9-7636332.23.900
J. Hedberg175-9-3453962.73.886
K. Kinkaid10-0-01132.31.923
J. Frazee10-0-0030.001.000
R. Nash41192140+162633
D. Stepan45162440+221245
B. Richards43102030+41221
D. Brassard44101727+21631
R. Callahan42141226+51063
C. Hagelin45101222+81611
M. Gaborik3591019-8814
M. Del Zotto4331619+81800
R. McDonagh4441418+102001
R. Clowe3831518+49310
D. Girardi4321214-31601
M. Staal212911+41410
T. Pyatt45549+4410
A. Stralman45448+141600
M. Zuccarello12336+6800
B. Boyle38235-132901
J. Moore27145+1700
J. Miller26224-7810
C. Kreider20213-1600
S. Eminger32033+6800
A. Asham25202+24500
J. Halpern30011-5800
R. Hamrlik16011-4800
K. Newbury5011+1900
B. Ferriero4011+0000
D. Powe39000-12500
S. Bickel16000-24900
M. Gilroy14000-3200
M. Haley9000-11200
M. Rupp8000-31200
B. Mashinter4000-2000
B. Segal1000+0200
C. Thomas1000+0000
H. Lundqvist4022-15-38311342.08.927
M. Biron62-2-1131562.32.917
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