Being a team in New York that has been around for as long as the Rangers have, there are a lot of rivalries with the Blueshirts. No rivalry in hockey beats a local one though, and these two Metropolitan area rivals do not break that trend. Right now, these are the 2nd and 3rd placed teams in the Metropolitan Division and as the Rangers continue their chase for the Metropolitan Division title, the Devils stand in their way.
Jonny Brodzinski is available this afternoon since he is back with the team after he was unavailable due to his wife going into labor. It means that everyone is available for Gerard Gallant and his coaching staff ahead of this very important game between two teams at the top of the Metropolitan Divison. Seeing the Rangers continuing to progress is going to be helped with their health.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ondrej Palat is going to be in the lineup tonight for New Jersey. Palat has missed a lot of the season with a lower-body injury and will be playing his second game since he was activated from the LTIR. That activation makes a New Jersey Devils team that can score for fun a lot more terrifying than they are without him. New York will need to have a strong defensive game plan to cope.
New Jersey Devils
Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Tomas Tatar
Miles Wood – Michael McLeod – Alexander Holtz
Yegor Sharangovich – Jesper Boqvist – Dawson Mercer
Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves – Damon Severson
Kevin Bahl – Brendan Smith
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Kaapo Kakko
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Vitali Kravtsov
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Jimmy Vesey
Sammy Blais – Barclay Goodrow – Julien Gauthier
Ryan Lindgren — Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur — Braden Schneider
Where to watch and Puck drop time
This is a 1 PM Eastern puck drop and it will be available to watch across the MSG network. Both Devils and Rangers feeds will be there. This game will also be on NHL Network for those that do not have access to the MSG channels. There are plenty of ways to watch this game for those that want to. Two of the best teams in the East will go toe to toe for the season series in the third and final time these teams will meet this season.