The Rangers and Devils begin their own rivalry week, with the first of four straight against each other begins tonight. The Rangers, if they want to stay relevant in the playoff race, really need all four against the Devils. The Devils just need to win one game to potentially play spoiler and keep the Rangers from making a push. Given they’d like to stick it to the Rangers, assume this won’t be a pushover.
The Devils sold off two of their best forwards in Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, plus a defenseman in Dmitri Kulikov. Despite the young and relatively non-threatening roster, they still have a few guys that can make you pay for being lazy and/or lackadaisical. Given the Rangers need four in a row, they should be coming out hot tonight.
Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start.
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: A Shesty empty netter.
Game time is 7pm.