Written By: Mike Ulatoski

The Rangers faceoff against the New Jersey Devils tonight (7:00 p.m.) at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division, and ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-28-9 (67 pts.), three points out of eighth place. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest having been defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Devils enter tonight’s game with a record of 38-23-3 (79 pts.) to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers return to action on Friday, March 12, when they faceoff against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m.).

The Rangers are in the middle of a three-game losing streak, two games being overtime losses. Over their last eight games, the Rangers have registered a point in six, posting a record of 4-2-2 (10 pts.) over that stretch. The Rangers are in the middle of their annual scramble for the eighth playoff spot, but they’ve lost three straight games. The Devils, meanwhile, are in the midst of a two-game losing streak and have lost seven of their last ten games.

Prediction
Henrik Lundqvist will lead the Rangers to a 3-2 win tonight. He always gets up for games against Marty, and I think Hank is playing the best hockey of his career.

Shot Caling –
goal for Vinny Prospal.