EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker)—Having suffered consecutive regulation losses for the first time all season, the first-place New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division matchup on Saturday afternoon.
New Jersey has allowed its opponent to score first 12 times in the last 17 games and is just two points in front of the Philadelphia Flyers for the lead in the Atlantic.
On Thursday, the Boston Bruins scored four times in the second period to hand the Devils a 4-3 defeat.
New York is 10th in the Eastern Conference, five points from the eighth and final playoff berth. The New York Islanders, who are eighth, enter Saturday with two games in hand on the Rangers.
The Rangers have dropped consecutive games to Florida and Ottawa following a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2).
Pavel Bure’s penalty shot accounted for the other goal for the Rangers, who are trying to avoid missing the playoffs in six consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
New Jersey and the Rangers have played to three ties this season. Since losing all six meetings in 1993-94, the Devils are 23-5-14-1 vs. the Rangers, including a 17-2-3 mark at home.
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