Rangers at Devils
The New York Rangers try for their fourth win in five games when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday in the first meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals since last year's Eastern Conference finals. New York bounced back from a 3-0 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday by posting a 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Lightning on Saturday. Rick Nash snapped a tie three minutes into the third period and Carl Hagelin recorded a goal and an assist as the Rangers registered their first road win of the season.
New Jersey also rebounded from a loss to the Penguins when it recorded a 3-0 road victory over the Islanders on Sunday. Steve Bernier scored twice in a 70-second span late in the third period of a scoreless contest and Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for the Devils, who suffered their first regulation defeat of the campaign - a 5-1 setback - at Pittsburgh a day earlier. New Jersey avenged Thursday's overtime loss at home to the Islanders and ended its four-game winless streak (0-3-1) with Sunday's shutout victory.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), MSG Plus 2 (New Jersey)
ABOUT THE RANGERS (4-4-0): With captain Ryan Callahan (shoulder) and left wing Chris Kreider (foot) injured, New York shook up its roster Monday, trading for a pair of forwards and recalling two more from Connecticut of the American Hockey League. The Rangers acquired center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri from the Minnesota Wild for center Mike Rupp while summoning center J.T. Miller and left wing Brandon Mashinter from their minor-league affiliate. New York also assigned Benn Ferriero to Connecticut after the center, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 24, had one assist in four games with the Rangers.
ABOUT THE DEVILS (4-1-3): Sunday's shutout was the 22nd of Hedberg's career. The veteran is 1-0-1 this season but has stopped 49 of 50 shots in his two starts. "I've been feeling pretty good, and the guys have been playing great in front of me," Hedberg told NHL.com. Bernier has scored three goals this campaign - all against the Islanders. New Jersey has won three in a row and four of five against New York. It also has captured four of its last five home meetings with the Rangers.
1. Miller, who was drafted 15th overall in 2011, has yet to make his NHL debut.
2. New Jersey has scored three goals or less in seven of its eight games this campaign.
3. Powe has 28 goals and 28 assists in 294 career games with Philadelphia and Minnesota, but did not record a point in eight contests with the Wild this season.
Devils 3, Rangers 2