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Game Preview: Devils at Rangers

New Jersey is 7-6-2 in matinee games this season

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /

Today marks the second of four contests between New Jersey and NY Rangers in the 2018-19 regular season series. The Rangers defeated the Devils on Jan. 31 at Prudential Center, 4-3. Today's contest marks only the third afternoon game between the two clubs since the 2013-14 season (Oct. 18, 2015 @ MSG: 2-1 NJ W; Jan. 26, 2014 @ Yankee Stadium: 7-3 NYR W), the Devils and Rangers have split the two contests 1-1-0. New Jersey is 7-6-2 in matinee games this season (1-3-1 road).

Nico Hischier (1G-1A) and Marcus Johansson (1G-1A) led the Devils in scoring in the January tilt, while Damon Severson led the club in shots with four. Mika Zibanejad (3G-1A) recorded his fourth; four-point game in the regular season and the first three-goal game of his 2018-19 campaign. Mats Zuccarello chipped in with three assists in 22:41 minutes of action.

Keith Kinkaid got the start between the pipes, allowing four goals on 25 shots (.840 SV%). Kinkaid is a career 2-2-0 against the Rangers, posting a 3.37 GAA. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 22 shots faced in the victory. Lundqvist has played in 62 contests against posting a 37-17-8 record against the Devils in his career.

The Devils are 2-5-1 at Madison Square Garden and 7-6-3 overall against the Rangers since the 2014-15 season.

Fans can tune in by watching on MSG+, ESPN+, or by listening on Devils Hockey Network.

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