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The New Jersey Devils will play one of their biggest games since their 2011-12 Stanley Cup run against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center.

  • New Jersey Devils (19-9-5)
  • New York Rangers: (19-12-3)
  • Devils Broadcast: MSG+2
  • Rangers Broadcast: MSG
  • Prudential Center Newark, NJ

Expect the Prudential Center to be rocking Thursday night (no pun intended) as the New Jersey Devils take on their Hudson River Rivals, New York Rangers. This is poised to be the biggest game of the season thus far as the Devils are in a playoff spot at Christmas time since 2014. The last time both teams were in a playoff spot this late in the season when they played each other was the 2014 Stadium Series.


The Devils held an optional morning skate today so we don’t know exactly what the lines are going to look like, but the Devils received some good, and some bad news this morning.

The Devils can’t figure out a way to get their forwards fully healthy all at the same time right now. Jesper Bratt will be missing his first game of the season after blocking a shot against the Ducks. Bratt is currently listed as day to day, and will hopefully be back on the ice Saturday when the Devils host Chicago.

As for the Rangers, they also did not have a morning skate. Alain Vigneault will talk to the media at 5 p.m. ET this afternoon so we should have a better idea of what their lineup will look like then.

As for the goaltenders, we can expect Cory Schneider to be in net for the Devils and Henrik Lundqvist to be in net for the Rangers.

The Devils will come in at 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, while the Rangers are 6-3-1 in their last 10.

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