6 Facts You Need to Know For Rangers-Devils

After falling last night in Columbus, the Rangers are back it returning home to host the rival Devils.

Don’t miss full coverage tonight beginning at 6:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO.

*Facts Courtesy New York Rangers

1 Home Sweet Home

Tonight marks the start of the Blueshirts season-long six-game homestand. Let’s start it off with a W!

2 One-Sided Rivalry

In the last 20 meetings between the Rangers and Devils dating back to March 19, 2013, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of the games, going 13-4-3 over that span.

3 Family Bonding

Kevin Hayes will be skating against his brother, Jimmy Hayes, tonight. The two have faced each other eight times in the NHL, with Kevin (and the Rangers) winning seven. Bragging rights at the Thanksgiving table are ups for grabs tonight!

4 Friends From College

BOSTON – FEBRUARY 14: Boston College Eagle’s forward Jimmy Hayes, #10, is taken to the ice as the Boston College Eagle’s begin their celebration after Hayes overtime goal was the winner. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Three Rangers (Chris Kreider, Paul Carey and Kevin Hayes) and two Devils (Jimmy Hayes and Brian Gibbons) were all teammates at Boston College during the 2010-2011 season. Kreider, Carey, Jimmy Hayes, and Gibbons were all part of the National Championship-winning squad in 2009-2010.

5 Broadway Debut

Ondrej Pavelec is expected to make his first start as a Ranger tonight. Signed in the offseason, Pavelec has a career 3-0-2 record against the Devils including a 1.36 GAA and a .946 SV%. Can he get it done tonight?

6 Remember When...

On this date in 1979, Rod Gilbert had his No. 7 jersey retired by the Rangers, becoming the first player in franchise history to have his number retired. Gilbert still holds the franchise record for career goals and points.