NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers warms up prior to playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2015 in New York City.
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Tonight will be the New York Rangers’ preseason debut of Henrik Lundqvist, as well as some familiar and fresh faces.

  • New Jersey Devils (1-0-0)
  • New York Rangers (1-0-0)
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  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Tonight will be the second game for both the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils in the preseason as the two renew the Hudson River Rivalry, albeit on a much smaller stage.

This will be the first of two preseason matchups the two rivals will have, with the second one being on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark. Both the Rangers and Devils will look to build on good starts, as both teams won their first game, as well as showing off their players of the future.

For the Rangers, they won their first game on Monday night at MSG with a 1-0 victory over the Islanders, as rookie defenseman Neal Pionk scored a nifty goal to end the affair 2:31 into overtime.

The Rangers had a strong possession game, outshooting the Islanders 42-17, and several young players, as well as game-winning goal scorer Neal Pionk, stated their case to be on the Rangers roster to start the season. Lias Andersson, who is fighting for a spot on the Rangers’ Opening Night roster, had an impressive game, logging an assist on Pionk’s overtime goal, won seven of 11 faceoffs, and showed a strong presence in the offensive zone with his forechecking and shooting ability. Anthony DeAngelo, the 21-year old defenseman acquired by the Rangers in the Derek Stepan trade, also had a strong game, nearly putting one past Jaroslav Halak in Monday’s game, as well as having a good game in his own zone.

According to the Rangers’ website, here is a look at the projected lineup for tonight’s game:




  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Alexander Georgiev

Tonight will feature the preseason debut of several familiar faces, including Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello. In addition, this will also be the Rangers preseason debut of recent acquisition and New York native Kevin Shattenkirk, as well as the Rangers debut of 2017 first round pick Filip Chytil.

The Rangers will take on a Devils team that defeated the Washington Capitals in their first preseason score by a score of 4-1. Monday night was also the debut of several players who are expected to key pieces for the future in New Jersey, in centerman Nico Hischier, the top pick in the 2017 Draft, as well as highly touted college free agent Will Butcher. Hischier was a +3, logged three shots on net, and scored an unassisted goal in the 3rd period, while Butcher had two shots on goal in 19:47 of time on ice. The Devils also saw Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen, and Kyle Palmieri score goals, and Joseph Blandisi had two helpers in Monday’s win for the Devils.

There was also very sad news to come out of Devils camp yesterday, as current forward and former Ranger Brian Boyle was diagnosed with leukemia. Boyle said to the press yesterday that he has a “mindset” that he will be able to dress for the team on Opening Night on Oct. 7 against the Avalanche, but the team has not put out a timetable for his return.

Here is a look at the Devils’ roster for tonight’s game:

Forwards: Austin Cangelosi, Brian Gibbons, Jimmy Hayes, Adam Henrique, Nick Lappin, Jan Mandat, Michael McLeod, Blake Pitella, Blake Speers, Drew Stafford, Ben Thomson, Miles Wood, Pavel Zacha

Defensemen: Yaroslav Dyblenko, Tim Erixon, Andy Greene, Josh Jacobs, Victor Loov, Ben Lovejoy, Damon Severson, Colton White

Goaltenders: Cory Schneider, Mackenzie Blackwood

The two teams will go at it tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.