Rangers look to shake off disappointment against red-hot Devils

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Sep 29, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) makes a save against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

When fans circled the first New York Rangers matchup against the New Jersey Devils, no one likely imagined the storylines coming in. Especially after the Devils failed to make the playoffs and the Blueshirts went to the Eastern Conference Final last season.

Coming into play on Monday, the Devils sit in first place in the Metro by a wide margin and are tied for the Presidents’ Trophy with 36 points. On the flip side, the struggling Rangers are a point of out the last wild card spot with 24 points.

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (10-8-4) vs. New Jersey Devils (18-4-0)
Date/Time: November 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers face hot Devils

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Gerard Gallant’s charges have lost two straight including a disastrous third period where they blew a 3-0 lead to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“We might have had some bad periods, but I don’t remember a four-goal period, so for tonight we were awful,” a frustrated Gallant said. “It’s embarrassing. It’s not acceptable.”

That was the second time this season where the Rangers blew a multiple goal lead in the final 20 minutes of play. On November 8th, they gave up three unanswered in a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders.

Igor Shesterkin is expected to get the start in goal against the Devils. He’s 6-3-0 lifetime against the Devils with a GAA of 2.58 and a .923 save percentage.

The 26 year-old has been the most consistent player this season with a record of 10-3-3 (GAA 2.49, .914 SV%).

Here’s a look out how tonight’s lineup may look based off of Sunday’s practice:

  • Kreider– Zibanejad – Vesey
  • Panarin– Chytil – Kakko
  • Lafrenière – Trocheck – Goodrow
  • Blais – Carpenter – Gauthier
  • Lindgren – Fox
  • Miller – Trouba
  • Jones – Schneider
  • Shesterkin
  • Halak

Vitali Kravtsov is expected to be scratched again. Per NY Post’s Larry Brooks, a conditioning stint in the AHL may be coming up.

Defenseman Ryan Lindgren is considered day-to-day.

Gallant will address the media at 5:00 PM ET.

Devil of time for New Jersey

The Devils have been red hot this season including a 13 game winning streak that was recently snapped last week by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On Saturday, they beat the Washington Capitals to give head coach Lindy Ruff his 800th career win. He’s just the fifth coach in NHL history to earn that many.

“It means I’ve been around a long time,” Ruff said. “You’ve got to do a lot of right things, have good teams, and the way our team is playing, I have to give them a lot of credit for getting me there.”

The Rangers will need to watch out for Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt, who are tied for the Devils’ scoring lead with 25 points each.

Vitek Vanecek is expected to start. He’s 10-2-0 with a 2.05 GAA and a .923 SV%.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.

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