NHL

Rangers-Devils Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Martin Brodeur is getting close, but Johan Hedberg is expected to be in net again for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

He may not need much offensive help against the punchless New York Rangers.

The Devils look to avoid a three-game losing streak as they go for their fifth consecutive win over the visiting Rangers.

Brodeur, who has missed 12 games with a pinched nerve in his neck and upper back, finally returned to practice Monday. New Jersey (13-10-6) has gone 3-7-2 without him, and he won't be starting again just yet.

"If I am on the bench that means I am going to be OK to play," said Brodeur, who is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average this season. "I guess I might not be able to start a game because I don't think my game is there, but adrenaline takes over in these types of situations and I'll be fine if something happens."

The 40-year-old netminder is hoping to start Thursday at Carolina, but coach Peter DeBoer may feel comfortable using him in a pinch Tuesday. He has a 1.74 GAA during a four-game winning streak against the Rangers, including the final three games of last year's Eastern Conference finals.

Hedberg needed only 16 saves to earn a 1-0 home win in his most recent matchup with New York on Feb. 18, 2011.

He made 20 saves in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Montreal, a day after he stopped 21 through overtime in a 2-1 shootout defeat at Philadelphia.

"You look at the last two games, we played really well," Brodeur said. "We stayed in games and 'Heddy' played really well, but we have not much to show for. That's the type of season we are going through, and a lot of teams are going the same. I don't know if I would have made a difference. Nobody knows that."

The Rangers (14-12-2) are also sputtering offensively, totaling three regulation goals in their past four games. They snapped a three-game slide with Monday's 2-1 shootout win over Carolina, but got only Derek Stepan's tally on 36 shots through OT - 30 coming after a listless opening period.

"It means nothing if we don't go into Jersey and play the same way," captain Ryan Callahan said. "We have to go to Jersey and show that kind of effort we did in the second and third, and pucks will start going in for us, too.

"There's no concern in this room. We know we have guys in here that can score goals, and it's going to come."

Rick Nash has gone without a goal in five straight games after scoring six in his previous five contests. He has a minus-10 rating in seven career games against New Jersey - all losses for his teams - with his only goal coming in 2004.

Marian Gaborik has one point in his past 12 matchups with the Devils, including the playoffs. He has only one goal and a minus-7 rating in his last 15 games overall.

Stepan has been a rare bright spot with five goals and five assists in a 10-game stretch. His goal Monday snapped New York's scoreless stretch of 120 minutes, 55 seconds.

Tagged: Devils, Rangers, Martin Brodeur

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt