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In today’s rematch of Monday’s tilt at Madison Square Garden, the New Jersey Devils will look to exact revenge on those Blueshirts.

By Patrick Comia

1authorpatrick1 - New Jersey Devils Gameday: Avoiding the Deja Vu Affect Against Rival RangersThis time, it’s the New Jersey Devils to play hockey host.

Tonight at 7:00 pm, the team welcomes their annoying rivals, the New York Rangers, to the Prudential Center in their last tune-up of the preseason.

The next time these two teams meet, it will be for real with a high-noon showcase on October 18th.

However, before we even look that far ahead, let’s concentrate on the here and now.

The Devils were on the receiving end of 3-6 loss to the Rangers, this past Monday. In that game, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider started in net, stopping 10 of 12 shots faced through one and half periods. Widely regarded as the lone Devils hope this season, Schneider started the game far from that distinction.

He gave up two first period goals in the first five minutes, before settling in.

Yann Dannis came in to mop up in goal. However, the Devils saw the Rangers light him up for four additional goals.

This time around, the team looks to right that wrong. With both teams trimming their roster before the start of the regular season next week, the Devils will have a more consistent roster taking the ice.

But, a refreshing thing the team has going for them is that they look faster, and able to apply pressure at times. it’s just a matter of time and repetition. It seems under new head coach John Hynes, his system is starting to show.

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So far, the Devils are 1-3 with their first win over the New York Islanders 4-2 last night. Not exactly successful ways, but it’s preseason.

The Rangers come visiting, with a record of 1-2 after their 3-4 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins this past Thursday. In their last game versus the Devils, they took it to the rebuilding team, scoring early and frequently.

However, for a majority of last game, the Devils were able to hang around. They outshot the Rangers 26-23, including a 12-5 shot margin in the first period.

Another positive heading into tonight was last game’s performance of the Devils Power Play unit. They went 3-5 with the man-advantage, which included a blast from Devils future Adam Larsson.

However, that was without Henrik Lundqvist in net. Expect to see him in net, sometime tonight.

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I’m a blogger trying to make it in this world. Have been, and always will be, a fan of the NYR and NYG. Writing for the New Jersey Devils cause, well, someone has to do it!