May 21, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise (9) celebrates his goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period in game four of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Pre-game: Rangers Vs Devils 10/19/13


Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It was two seasons ago when the New Jersey Devils knocked the New York Rangers out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final, and Devils forward Adam Henrique managed to push the puck past Henrik Lundqvist to clinch a Cup Final birth for New Jersey.

Since the Devils lost both Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk, the rivalry has simmered down quite a bit, but now with former Rangers Jaromir Jagr on the team, we could possibly see a rebirth of the ever-lasting hatred that has been built between these two teams.

Tonight will be the first meeting of the 2013-14 season between the Devils and Rangers.

The Blueshirts hit the ice at 11:30 this morning for their skate/practice ahead of tonight’s game. Let’s take a look at some notes:

  • Michael Del Zotto and Carl Hagelin both skated today.
  • Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch according to Alain Vigneault.
  • Vigneault said the six defensemen in Washington played well, so he’s sticking with them.
  • AV, who was in Connecticut last night for Hartford’s game, said he was impressed with Cam Talbot’s play in the 4-3 shootout win.
  • Del Zotto doesn’t feel like he was singled out, but he said he “isn’t happy” with his recent play.

Last Meeting: April 27, 2013: Rangers 4-0 Devils

Injuries 

Rangers:

Ryan Callahan (Thumb)
Carl Hagelin (Shoulder)
Rick Nash (Concussion)

Devils:

Ryane Clowe (Concussion)

Prediction: Rangers 2-1 Devils

Be on the lookout for starting lineups on Twitter!

-Andrew (@a_graz24)

 

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