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Rangers Go for Sweep of Devils in Newark

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers head across the river and into New Jersey to take on the Devils Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark.

New York is coming off a 3-2 win Saturday night over the Wild in Minnesota. Brady Skjei, Oscar Lindberg and Jimmy Vesey provided the offense and Antti Raanta made 25 saves to lead the Rangers to their NHL-best 26th road victory of the season.

Raanta is expected to get the start Tuesday against the Devils, a team he's undefeated in four starts in his career. Raanta has two wins against New Jersey this season, including a shutout back in December.

Coach Alain Vigneault will deploy the same lineup as he did in Minnesota, leaving intact the 'Kid' line of Lindberg, Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich, as well as defenseman Adam Clendening alongside Skjei.

The Rangers go for the season sweep against their cross-river rival Tuesday night after winning the first three games by a combined score of 12-5. The two teams met just under a month ago with New York leaving New Jersey with a 4-3 overtime win thanks to Mika Zibanejad. 

Chris Kreider leads all skaters with three goals and five points in the three-games this season, while Mats Zuccarello leads everyone with three assists.

Derek Stepan has points in seven of his last 12 games against the Devils, notching eight goals and four assists during that span. Rick Nash has a goal/point in six of his last 13 games against New Jersey, with seven goals and an assist.

The rivalry has been one-sided as of late with the Rangers winning 15 of the last 19 games dating back to March 19, 2013.

It's been a difficult season for the Devils, who enter Tuesday's game last in the Eastern Conference with 64 points, three behind Detroit. The Devils have just one win in their last 10 games and are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

New Jersey's 164 goals this season is the fewest in the conference, and the third-fewest in the NHL. Kyle Palmieri has five goals in his last four games and leads the team with 25 goals and 48 points. First-year Devil Taylor Hall's 30 assists are tops on the squad. 

Goaltender Cory Schneider has struggled this year, going 19-23-10 with a 2.72 GAA and a .910 SV%.

Rangers Projected Lineup

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello

J.T. Miller - Mika Zibanejad - Rick Nash

Michael Grabner - Kevin Hayes - Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey - Oscar Lindberg - Pavel Buchnevich

Marc Staal - Ryan McDonagh

Brendan Smith - Nick Holden

Brady Skjei - Adam Clendening

Antti Raanta

 

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