The Rangers are in New Jersey tonight against the Devils hoping to build on the strong performance they showed on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. The Devils are another team –like the Caps– that is struggling out of the gate. They do not have a win this season, but have three overtime/shootout losses, which keeps them out of the cellar of the “Metropolitan” Division.
The Devils use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, but once the Devils get a lead, they tend to switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. In the defensive zone, the Devils play an overload/low zone collapse style similar to what the Rangers want to execute. On special teams, the Devils play your standard umbrella powerplay. On the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start
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