Raanta Gets the Nod As Rangers Visit Rival Devils

The Rangers will meet the Devils late this afternoon in downtown Newark.

This is the third of four games between the two teams and the first at the Rock. The Rangers have won the previous two meetings, winning in a shootout and a 5-0 shutout at The Garden. Antti Raanta with get the start in goal for the Rangers, boasting a 3-0-0 record and a 1.67 GAA in his career against the Devils.

New Jersey has lost 2 consecutive games, the latest being a 2-1 setback to Ottawa. Residing eight points out of the final wild card spot in the East, postseason hopes are drifting away for New Jersey.

The Blueshirts got a 2-1 shootout victory in Toronto in their last game to improve their record to 8-1-1 in their last 10. The goals have dried up somewhat, but this experienced core group has continued to find ways to be on the right side of the scoreboard during these dog days of this season.

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 23: Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck while being defended by Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers during the game at the Prudential Center on February 23, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


1. 60 Minutes

Since their glory days of winning three Stanley Cups, the Devils have been an all-over-the-ice competitive team. This year’s edition is no different while the results don’t reflect their compete level. The Rangers have to be prepared to compete for 60 minutes and perhaps beyond.

2. “O” Depth

The Rangers have scored 61 more goals than the Devils and have greater depth when it comes to goal production. That presents a bit of a matchup issue for the Devils allowing a decided advantage for the Rangers.

3. 9-19-21

The line of Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri is where the offense lies for New Jersey. Basically a straight-line group the Blueshirts must keep this threesome in check to have a better chance at victory.


Pregame begins at 4:30 PM on MSG+ (TV) and 1050 AM (Radio).

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