For the first time this season, the Hudson River Rivalry is on! The New Jersey Devils head to Madison Square Garden to try and take down their rivals the New York Rangers on their home ice. This Rivalry looks to be renewed, as the Devils finally look to challenge the Rangers after years of rebuilding. The Devils look to extend their winning streak to three, while the Rangers look to stop their losing streak. One of the most intense and exciting rivalries in hockey goes down tonight, which will bring a ton of excitement for the fans’ viewing pleasure.
Last season, these two teams brought intensity against each other in their matchups. Through four matchups the previous year, the Rangers came out on top going 3-0-1 against the Devils with two regulation wins and a win in the shootout. With their success last season, the Rangers made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, whereas the Devils ended up with the Second Overall Pick in the NHL Entry Draft. This year both teams are very different. The Devils have been one of the best teams in the league, sitting at 2nd in the League Standings. In contrast, the Rangers have struggled to find a groove. Both teams have had goaltending to spare with the matchup of Vitek Vanecek and Igor Shesterkin playing amazing hockey this season. Both netminders have done everything to keep their respective team’s playoff dreams alive.
Players To Watch
For the Devils, is Jack Hughes. Hughes is coming off his first career hat trick on Saturday when the Devils smoked the Capitals 5-1. Hughes having tallied 11 goals and 14 assists is now tied with Jesper Bratt for the Devils’ lead in scoring with 25 points. He is one of the best and most elusive skaters in the NHL, which makes him dangerous in transition. He carries the puck and wants it like no other. With his great puck-carrying ability and craftiness with the puck on his stick, he is a wizard making him a threat to score from the pass or shot every shift.
For the Rangers, Adam Fox is the player to watch. One of the best defensemen in the league at the age of 24. This season, outside of Shesterkin, Fox is the best player on the Rangers. His commanding playmaking both at 5v5 and the Power Play make him crucial to the Rangers’ success. An elite offensive producer, while also knowing when and where to put his team in a position to score. Although he is an undersized defenseman, he plays strong and with great pace. This easily allows for eating up high minutes of ice time on a nightly basis.