New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils first-round schedule

NHL: New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
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The New York Rangers closed out their regular season on Thursday with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and a first-round date with the New Jersey Devils.

Late on Friday night, the NHL released the opening series playoff matchups. The Rangers will start this postseason on the road next week with two matches in New Jersey on Tuesday and Thursday. Both games will air on MSG Networks and TBS.

Related: Get The Complete Forever Blueshirts New York Rangers Schedule Here.

Game 3 of the series will change venues to Madison Square Garden for a primetime affair on ABC next Saturday. That will be followed by Game 4 on Monday with the both MSG Networks and TBS broadcasting.

Games 5-7, if necessary, are yet to be announced.

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New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Schedule

Igor Shesterkin New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers (47-22-13, 107 points) will take on the New Jersey Devils (52-22-8, 112 points) for the seventh time in their storied history.

Here’s the full schedule:

GAMEDATEHOMEAWAYTIMETV
1Tue, April 18, 2023New Jersey DevilsNew York Rangers7:00 PMMSGSN
2Thu, April 20, 2023New Jersey DevilsNew York Rangers7:30 PMMSG
3Sat, April 22, 2023New York RangersNew Jersey Devils8:00 PMABC
4Mon, April 24, 2023New York RangersNew Jersey Devils7:00 PMMSG
5Thu, April 27, 2023New Jersey DevilsNew York Rangers7:30 PMMSG
6Sat, April 29, 2023New York RangersNew Jersey Devils8:00
PM
ABC
7Mon, May 1, 2023New Jersey DevilsNew York Rangers8:00
PM
MSG
NYR vs NJD Schedule -subject to change

The Rangers did not fare well against the Devils during the regular-season as they struggled often with their opponents’ speed.

Record vs Devils: 1-2-1

  • Goals For: 11
  • Goals Against: 14
  • Rangers leading scorer: K’Andre Miller (5 assists)
  • Igor Shesterkin: 1-2-1 (GAA 3.23, SV% .907)

Note: Stats via Hockey-Reference

In the post season, the Rangers hold a 4-2 series advantage. Here’s a brief history of each time they met in the playoffs.

1992: Rangers in 7

New York edged New Jersey in a hard fought 7-game first round series that featured a bench clearing brawl the first time these franchises ever met. It was also Mark Messier’s first season with the Blueshirts.

1994: Rangers in 7

A  thrilling 7-game series in the 1994 Eastern Conference Final where Mark Messier made his legendary Game 6 Guarantee with Stephane Matteau scoring in double OT of Game 7 to send the Rangers to the Finals against the Vancouver Canucks. It was a huge step in ending the Blueshirts’ 54 year Stanley Cup drought.

1997: Rangers in 5

New York’s post season success would continue in 1997 as Adam Graves’ OT winner in Game 5 of round two knocked off the favored Devils, who won the division.

2006: Devils in 4

The Devils would finally win their first series against the Rangers in an opening round sweep.

2008: Rangers in 5

Led by Jaromir Jagr, the Rangers knocked off the favored Devils in five games.

2012: Devils in 6

New Jersey got some revenge for 1994 when they beat a very good Rangers team in a 6-Game Eastern Conference Final in 2012. The Black and Blueshirts with Henrik Lundqvist in net looked like a team that could win the Stanley Cup but ran out of gas against the Devils.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore