New Jersey Devils Game 63 Preview: vs. New York Rangers

EDMONTON, AB - MARCH 19: Nico Hischier #13 and Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate after a goal during the game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 19, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers meet at the Prudential Center for their third matchup of the season.

Record: 22-35-5 (49 points, 8th in Metro)

The Opponent: New York Rangers (40-18-5)

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (6-6-0) vs. Igor Shesterkin (30-8-3)

Television Broadcasts: MSG, MSG+2

New York Rangers

The Rangers were very active leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline yesterday as the team made three acquisitions. Justin Braun from the Philadelphia Flyers, Tyler Motte from the Vancouver Canucks, and Andrew Copp from the Winnipeg Jets are all expected to make their Ranger debuts tonight in New Jersey.

New York had a very successful back-to-back over the weekend as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday and the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Sunday. Goals from Chris Kreider and Frank Vatrano, as well as 44 saves from Alexander Georgiev, contributed in their most recent victory giving them seven wins over their last 10 games.

Igor Shesterkin is expected to start tonight for New York. Shesterkin is the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy and should be near the top of the Hart Trophy conversation. The 26-year-old comes into tonight with a 30-8-3 record to go with his incredible 2.05 GAA and .938 save percentage.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey will take the ice tonight after a fairly quiet deadline that saw the team only make one move in acquiring for goaltender Andrew Hammond.

The Devils come into tonight’s game having gone winless over their three-game Western Canada road trip. They lost all three games by the score of 6-3 and blew a 3-2 third period lead in their most recent loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Nico Hischier recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and Jesper Bratt recorded three points (two goals, one assist) before Edmonton scored four goals in the final 11 minutes of the game. Jon Gillies stopped 34 of 39 shots in his 10th regulation loss of the season.

Nico Daws is expected to be back in net tonight for New Jersey. The 21-year-old has has been pulled in his last two starts as he’s given up four goals in each game. Daws has a 6-6-0 record on the year with a 2.99 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Player to Watch: Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes

Bratt is on an absolute tear this season with 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in only 57 games. The 23-year-old comes into tonight’s game on a three-game point streak that’s seen him record five points in that span.

Jack Hughes has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 42 games this season as he is starting to become the superstar the club imagined when they drafted him. The 20-year-old has seen some reasonable success against the Rangers in his young career with seven points (three goals, four assists) in 14 career games.

New Jersey’s chances at winning tonight’s game start with Bratt and Hughes’ ability to solve Shesterkin. If these two players can find success against the red-hot goaltender then the Devils have a chance.


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