Anyone else get a feeling about tonight’s game? This is a rivals game, despite what NJ may be saying this time around and both teams MUST have these 2 points. For NJ, it a must to get them in 60 mins while the Rangers can afford to play 65. I don’t know, I just have a feeling about tonight. NJ isn’t a big fighting team and I don’t expect to see a lot of majors being handed out but I think the overall tone of this game is going to be nasty. Lots of huge hits, lots of scrums and we can probably expect Sean Avery to try and do what Sean Avery does best.
The Last Devils Game - They came out firing and got up 3-0 on the Hurricanes before Carolina found the back of the next in the third. They would add another with only a few seconds left to play so the 3-2 Devils win looked a lot closer than it really was.
The Rangers Last Game - Lundqvist got his 200th win last night as the Ranges defeated the Kings in a shootout. It was an important win for them as they lead the 9th place Hurricanes by 4 points now.
Tonight’s Game - Like I said, I expect the nastiness to be in full effect tonight but I expect a pretty good game as well. The Rangers desperatly need the points because they are one losing streak away from being on the outside looking in and the Rangers have the ability to play a high paced game. The Devils seem to know how to score and the last time these two teams met, chased Lundqvist from goal early.
The Devils need to keep doing what they have been doing and thats simply putting the puck to the net. Things happen when you get the puck to the net. They did it the other night and Cam Ward let in some not so Cam Ward like goals.
STAY OUT OF THE BOX!!! Remember the last game where the Devils had their own little parade going to the box in the third period and nearly gave the Rangers the game?? Can’t do it again tonight. Lets hope Lemaire is on these guys tonight about keeping their cool.
The Devils have the advantage tonight because they didn’t play last night and the Rangers had to go the extra distance to get the win but Lundqvist only saw 28 shots so that’s not a huge workload.
For some reason, I am really excited about this game tonight and I am hoping we aren’t in for a major disappointment.
Line 1 Dainius Zubrus Patrik Elias Brian Rolston
Line 2 Illya Kovalchuk Travis Zajac Nick Palmieri
Line 3 Vladimir Zharkov Jason Arnott Mattias Tedenby
Line 4 Adam Mair Rod Pelley David Clarkson
Line 1 Colin White Anton Volchenkov
Line 2 Anssi Salmela Andy Greene
Line 3 Henrik Tallinder Mark Fayne