The Metropolitan Division: Part VII – The New York Rangers

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers

With the 2013-14 season looming closer, we’ll be taking a look at the new and old Division match-ups in the new formed Metropolitan Division in this weekly blog. In this final week before the NHL season starts, we look at our cross-river rivals, the New York Rangers.

The Schedule

  • New York Rangers at New Jersey: Saturday, October 19, 7:00 PM
  • New Jersey at New York Rangers: Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 PM
  • New Jersey at New York Rangers: Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM
  • New York Rangers at New Jersey*: Sunday, January 26, 12:30 PM
  • New York Rangers at New Jersey: Saturday, March 22, 7:00 PM

* – Game will be played at Yankee Stadium as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.

The Devils and Rangers play each other five times this season, with one of the Devils’ home games taking place at Yankee Stadium. This will be the first outdoor game the Devils will take part in.

The Teams

Both of these teams released their 23-man rosters earlier this week. For the Rangers, this included signing Center Derek Stepan to a 2-year, $6.15-million contract. Stepan led the Rangers with 44 points last year (18G, 26A) and has quickly become the go-to center for the Rangers.

The Devils revealed their final roster, which included Patrik Elias on Injured Reserve. This seems to have been done as a precautionary measure, with Lamoriello saying that Elias should be available for the Devils opening night on Thursday. Some new faces for the Devils this season include Damien Brunner (12), Michael Ryder (17), Ryane Clowe (29), Cory Schneider (35), and Jaromir Jagr (68).

Last Year

In the four meetings last season, the Devils went 1-3-0, winning the first meeting 3-1, but losing the final three by scores of 3-2, 4-1, and 4-0. The Rangers finished 6th in the Eastern Conference, going on to beat the Washington Capitals in 7 games in the opening round of the playoffs. In the next round, however, the Rangers lost to the eventual-Eastern Conference Champions, the Boston Bruins, in 5 games. The Rangers were unable to generate much offense against the Bruins, scoring 11 goals to the Bruins’ 15.

The Match-Up

What can be said about these games that hasn’t been said already? They’re close, hard-fought games between two teams that have consistently been in the playoff talk over the past few years. And most importantly, they’re fun to watch. The “must-see” game of this season would have to be the Stadium Series match-up on January 26. There’s the possibility that this could be Marty’s final season in the NHL, so it will be great to see him get a chance to showcase his skills outside. As always, look for a goaltender’s duel between these teams. Brodeur and Lundqvist have shown over the years that they’re more than capable of putting together 1-0 or 2-1 games. Cory Schneider being added to the Devils’ roster won’t hurt their goaltending numbers either.

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About Rudy Adametz

Currently blogging for the Devils Army Generals, doing things like Game Previews & Recaps, as well as miscellaneous New Jersey Devils news. I've been a Devils fan my whole life and being able to contribute to the team like this is something I take a lot of pride in.

Posted on October 1, 2013, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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