NEW YORK -- Having won six of their past seven games and elevated their record to above .500 for the first time all season, the New York Rangers will look to continue their success Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. They will ice mostly the same lineup that in recent weeks has helped them rebound from a difficult 2-6-0 start in which they were outscored 31-12.
The Rangers held an optional skate Tuesday which was attended by five players, including forwards Rick Nash and Dominic Moore, both of whom are working their way back from injury. Moore is close to fully recovered from his strained oblique muscle but likely won't be back in the lineup before the weekend at the earliest.
"It's still going to be sore for a while there. I've just to keep pushing it," Moore said. "You've got to push it to the point where you know it's good."
Backup goaltender Cam Talbot attended the optional skate, meaning Henrik Lundqvist will make his sixth start in the Rangers' past seven games.
The Rangers and Lundqvist will be looking for some revenge against the Devils. They played in New Jersey on Oct. 19, sustaining a 4-0 loss in which the All-Star goaltender stopped 15 of 19 shots.
Here is the projected lineup for the Rangers:
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
Ryan Callahan - Brad Richards - Carl Hagelin
Derek Dorsett - Derick Brassard - Benoit Pouliot
J.T. Miller - Brian Boyle - Brandon Mashinter
Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh
Anton Stralman - Marc Staal
John Moore - Michael Del Zotto
Scratched: Justin Falk
Injured: Rick Nash (concussion), Dominic Moore (oblique), Taylor Pyatt (concussion)