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Game 9: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Start Time:
7:00 PM
TV: MSG+2 (Devils broadcast), MSG (Rangers Broadcast)
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

Matchup:

Your New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) will face-off against the New York Rangers (4-4-0) Tuesday for the first of four times this season, and the first time since the Now-Classic Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Chances are, if you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you how that game went down. During the regular season last year, the Devils split the season series with the Rangers (3-3-0) going 2-1-0 at the Prudential Center. Patrik Elias led the Devils in points (2G, 3A) while David Clarkson led the team in goals (3). After a 6-game series with the Rangers in the playoffs, the Devils finished 2011-12 with a 7-5-0 record against their cross-river rivals.

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 Preview: Devils Looking to Dominate at MSG Tonight

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers
8:00 P.M. ET
TV: NBCSN
Radio: WFAN 660AM

Tonight is the night that one team will be one game closer to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s the pivotal Game 5.  So far in the playoffs, the Devils and Rangers are 1-1 in Game 5’s.  Who will come out victorious tonight?

The Devils completely dominated the Rangers from start to finish in Game 4.  Scoring early on in the 1st period was Bryce Salvador, a defenseman, who has more points in the postseason than he did in the regular season. This is something that the Devils, especially the defense, need to keep doing. Shooting from the point, getting in the face of Henrik Lundqvist, not letting the Rangers block shots and scoring the first goal are some key’s to tonight’s game.

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ECF Game 4 Recap: The Captain steps up and MB30 sets another record

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Bryce Salvador (1 goal, 1 assist)

2nd star: Martin Brodeur (28 saves)

1st star: Zach Parise (2 goals, 1 assist)

It’s funny what a difference two days can make.  On Saturday afternoon, the Devils played a decent all-around game, but you need to outscore your opponent to win games (at least that’s the only known way to win as far as I know), and the Devils couldn’t beat Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday.  Two days and a few tweaks to the lineup later, the Devils tied the series once again with the Rangers in a strong, 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Preview: Devils Look to Even Up the Series

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
8:00 P.M. ET
TV: NBCSN
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

Well, here we are again, down 2-1 in a series, but still with a fighting chance. It’s a best of 7 for a reason, but when you’re dominating the games and not putting up goals, it’s frustrating. Yet, here the Devils sit, heading into Game 4 tonight, down in the series.

For tonight’s game, Pete DeBoer has decided to shake up the lines a bit and Jacob Josefson will make his first playoff appearance. That leaves veteran Petr Sykora on the outside looking in.  It seems the fans have been torn about this decision. On one hand you have Sykora’s experience and presence, but on the other hand you have a rookie that will bring fresh legs to the line-up. Hopefully Josefson is ready to bring his A-Game because the Devils need it.

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ECF Game 3 Recap: Devils can’t solve Lundqvist…again

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

I’m going to make this a relatively short recap, because I don’t think any Devils fans really want to think about Saturday afternoon’s Game 3 at all, and I don’t blame you.  It was a frustrating game.

From the drop of the puck in the first period to the final horn in the third period, the Devils were by far the superior team on the Prudential Center ice.  The Devils owned puck possession, shot attempts, shots on goal (36-21) and pretty much every other statistic except goals.  The main, if not only reason for the goose egg in the goal department was the superb play of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  He kept his team in a game that they had no business winning.  There, I said it.  They got outplayed dramatically for 40 minutes, then got a quick strike by Dan Girardi on a power play, and a tip-in by Chris Kreider shortly after.  Other than that, and some strong saves by Martin Brodeur, including a tremendous stop on Ryan Callahan’s rebound attempt, the Rangers pretty much sat back and tried to contain the Devils.

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Preview: Devils Seek 2-1 Series Lead Back At the Rock

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3
New Jersey (9-5) at New York (9-7)
1:00 P.M. ET
TV: NBC
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

After outplaying, out-coaching, and outclassing (36 word press conference Tortorella, really?) the New York Rangers in game 2, the Devils head back to home ice with a chance at consecutive victories and a 2-1 series lead. On Wednesday night, the Devils were able to get three goals by Henrik Lundqvist, who made life extremely difficult for the Devils in his shutout back on Monday. Helped by another superb outing by the 40  year old going on 30 Martin Brodeur, New Jersey was able to get back in the series and avoid returning home with a deep 2-0 hole to overcome. Captain Zach Parise was especially satisfied with the Devils improved effort, stating “…we felt that we could definitely bring it up a notch from the first game and we could play a lot better and we did. I think our intensity was better, our compete level was better and we did a good job on the boards.”

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