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Brodeur, Lundqvist meet again as Rangers host Devils

by Mike G. Morreale

NEWARK, N.J. -- For the 39th time in their rivalry, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur are expected to oppose each other when the Metropolitan Division foes face off Saturday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET).

Lundqvist is 24-9-5 with a 1.69 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and five shutouts in his career against Brodeur. Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 3.53 GAA in two starts against the Devils this season; a 4-0 loss to Cory Schneider on Oct. 19 and 3-2 loss to Brodeur on Nov. 12.

In 98 career starts against the Rangers, Brodeur is 48-30-20 with a 2.12 goals-against average, nine shutouts and a .918 save percentage. The 41-year-old will be looking to snap a personal four-game losing streak. The Devils are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday when they generated 11 shots.

The Devils are averaging an NHL-low 24.9 shots per game.

"It was a 1-1 game with seven minutes left in the third against a very good team and we had more than enough opportunities to get two goals which would have gotten us points," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "I don't view [the loss against Detroit] as the debacle that maybe some other people do."

Devils forward Cam Janssen, who has no points and 40 penalty minutes in 19 games against the Rangers, is always excited for the opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden.

"I played in the Western Conference and the East and every building multiple times, but the Garden is definitely my favorite hands down … my absolute favorite," Janssen said. "The drive over there. Even though it's riddled with traffic, you listen to your headphones and it's just a cool scene coming out of that tunnel. When you reach New York, the people are everywhere and you pull up there and people are already starting to cuss at you and heckle the bus.

"Then you get off and make that steep climb up to the top. It's a cool experience. The crowd is always awesome and the games are always good."

The Rangers, who have won three of five, are beginning a nine-game homestand that will span 17 days. It is the longest stretch of consecutive home games in franchise history. The Rangers have had much success against the Devils on home ice, with a 13-5-1 record since October 2007.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will likely insert forward J.T. Miller and defenseman Justin Falk into the lineup in place of Benoit Pouliot and Michael Del Zotto. Vigneault made the announcement following the morning skate at MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

"Pouliot hasn't played to ours and his expectations," Vigneault told the New York Daily News.

Miller was recalled from the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Friday. He has one goal and one assist in 15 games with the Rangers this season.

Playing for his fourth team in four seasons, Pouliot has one point in his past 16 games.

DeBoer will likely insert forward Damien Brunner into the lineup for Jacob Josefson. Josefson does not have a point in 13 games, and Brunner hasn't scored in the past 16 games.

Here are the projected lineups for the Devils and Rangers:


Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr

Adam Henrique - Patrik Elias - Steve Bernier

Reid Boucher - Andrei Loktionov - Michael Ryder

Damien Brunner - Tim Sestito - Cam Janssen

Anton Volchenkov - Marek Zidlicky

Mark Fayne - Andy Greene

Eric Gelinas - Jon Merrill

Martin Brodeur

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Peter Harrold

Injured: Adam Larsson (lower body), Bryce Salvador (foot), Ryan Carter (lower body), Stephen Gionta (ankle), Ryane Clowe (head)


Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Mats Zuccarello - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan

Carl Hagelin - Derick Brassard - J.T. Miller

Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Taylor Pyatt

Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh

Anton Stralman - Marc Staal

John Moore - Justin Falk

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Benoit Pouliot, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Derek Dorsett (wrist)

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