New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/7/13
New Jersey Devils (11-12-6) at New York Rangers (15-14-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -178 / New Jersey Devils +162 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Rangers and Devils meet up at Madison Square Garden in a matchup between two former Atlantic division rivals.
There is no denying that the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers don’t get along and while their division has changed slightly the two rivals were kept together and there is certainly still some animosity between the two clubs. Martin Brodeur is a sure fire hall of famer when he decides to hang up the skates has seen plenty of the Blue Shirts in his tenure with the Devils and It looks as though he will get the call tonight in the crease as he matches up against Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers. The Devils were expected to take a huge step back this season after losing David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk in the offseason but they haven’t been as bad as people anticipated and they could very well sneak into the playoffs. New Jersey is only a couple points out of a playoff spot at the moment and do have some talent on their roster led by Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder who have both enjoyed postseason success in their careers.
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The Rangers started off very slowly this season as they had to deal with a ridiculously long road trip to start the year but they have since started to turn things around and while they sit just a game above .500 that is good enough for 4th in the Metro division and they are continuing to climb. Henrik Lundqvist has undoubtedly been the team’s MVP and leader over the past few seasons and fresh off a long term extension it’ll be interesting to see how his play fluctuates if at all based on his new job security. He continues to be one of the game’s best goaltenders and he will match up against one of the greatest of all time in this one in what should be a great contest at MSG. To me it is preposterous to think that the Devils are this heavy of an underdog considering they’re only separated by two points in the standings and while the Devils are coming off a sloppy effort on Friday I think it is all the more incentive to do well in this one. Taking a shot with the road team.