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Rangers Continue Preseason in Newark

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers look to remain perfect in the preseason tonight when it faces the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center at 7 pm on MSG Network

The Blueshirts topped the Devils, 3-1, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden behind two goals from forward Brandon Pirri. But like all preseason games, tonight's lineup is different from the one head coach Alain Vigneault deployed against New Jersey 48 hours ago.

Out are Pirri, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes, and in are Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and the returning J.T. Miller, who will make his preseason debut after taking part in the World Cup of Hockey.

Miller is slated to be on the top line with Zibanejad and KReider, who were immensely successful together Tuesday against the Islanders.Zibanejad scored a goal and two assists, while Kreider picked up a goal and an assist on a line with Buchnevich.

Video: Zibanejad's rocket on the power play ties the game

Several Rangers from Thursday night's contest will play tonight, including Nathan Gerbe, Michael Grabner and Jimmy Vesey, while NIcklas Jensen and Maxime Lapierre will play in their third straight game as Vigneault continues to evaluate his options heading into the regular season. 2015 second-round pick Ryan Gropp will appear in his first career NHL preseason game, and is penciled in on the fourth line with Lapierre and Chris Brown.

Defenseman John Gilmour will get another look after picking up a power play goal and later adding a power play assist Thursday night. Adam Clendening, who had a pair of assists in the exhibition opener Tuesday against the Islanders, will also get another crack at making the case to be among the Rangers defensive group come Oct. 13. Dan Girardi, Brady Skjei, Mat Bodie and Michael Paliotta round out the remaining defensemen. 

Antti Raanta, who allowed one goal in 33 minutes Thursday night, will get the start, with Magnus Hellberg serving as the backup. Hellberg started Tuesday's game against the Islanders and allowed one goal in 29:35.

The Rangers made two cuts on Friday, sending goaltenders Brandon Halverson and Jeff Malcolm to Hartford.

Rangers vs. Devils

7 pm at Prudential Center

Watch on MSG Network

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