DEVILS (15-20-7) at RANGERS (20-18-4)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, MSG+, NHL.TV
Igor Shesterkin will start for the second straight game when the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The goalie made 29 saves in his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, a 5-3 win that ended New York's three-game losing streak. Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Henrik Lundqvist will be the backup and Alexandar Georgiev will be scratched for the second straight game.
The Devils are winless in their past two games (0-1-1), including a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. However, they are 4-1-2 in their past seven games after going 2-6-1 in their first nine after coach Alain Nasreddine replaced John Hynes on Dec. 3.
Players to watch
Devils center Nico Hischier has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.
Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past six games.
They said it
"I'm super excited. [The Garden] is a great place to play. It's one of my favorite places to play, the history behind it, the team we're playing against and the circumstances that we're in. I'm very excited. The guys are up for the game. It should be good." -- Devils forward Miles Wood
"[Shesterkin] played well. He's earned another opportunity. If he didn't play well, I wouldn't be putting him in there to get more of an evaluation on him." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
Devils projected lineup
Wayne Simmonds -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri
Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev
Jesper Boqvist -- Pavel Zacha -- Miles Wood
Ben Street -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden
Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban
Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen
Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller
Scratched: Connor Carrick
Injured: Jack Hughes (upper body), Jesper Bratt (lower body)
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast
Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko
Brendan Smith -- Greg McKegg -- Steven Fogarty
Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba
Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox
Scratched: Micheal Haley, Alexandar Georgiev
Injured: Libor Hajek (knee), Brendan Lemieux (hand)
Blackwood will start for the Devils after missing practice Wednesday because he had a three-hour dental procedure. … Lindgren will play after missing the last two periods against Colorado with a gash under his right eye sustained during a fight with Nazem Kadri. … Hughes, a center, will miss his fourth straight game and Bratt, a forward, his second in a row.
Panarin can become the fourth player in Rangers history to have at least three points in three straight home games. Andy Bathgate (1957-58, 1961-62), Bill Cook (1929-30) and Frank Boucher (1929-30) also did it.