Lundqvist and the New York Rangers will again look to get the best of the Devils and try for their third straight victory overall Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers (5-6-1) beat Washington 2-0 on Thursday - Lundqvist’s third shutout in his last six games - to improve to 3-1 on their six-game homestand. The third-year goalie posted five shutouts in 2006-07.
“He’s definitely on his game,” Washington goalie Olie Kolzig said. “He’s the reason the Rangers have won five games.”
Lundqvist, who had 67 wins in his first two seasons, has started every game so far in 2007-08, while posting a 1.67 goals-against average. He is expected to be in net again Saturday against the Devils (5-6-1), who beat Toronto 3-2 at home Friday and will also be looking for their third consecutive victory.
Lundqvist stopped all 22 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over New Jersey on Oct. 25. For his career, he is 6-2-3 with a 1.60 GAA versus New Jersey.
In Thursday’s shutout, Lundqvist set the tone by making 10 of his 31 saves in the first period. Chris Drury had a goal and assist and Michal Rozsival scored his third for the Rangers, whose 21 goals are the fewest in the NHL.
New York has not scored three or more goals in a game since a season-opening 5-2 victory over Florida.
“I think for any team, your goaltender always gives you a chance to win,” Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan said. “(Lundqvist) has certainly been great from the very start of the season.”
Drury has three points in his last two games, but only five goals and 11 points in 20 career games versus the Devils.
Nigel Dawes scored two of his four career goals against New Jersey last week.
Scott Gomez, who spent his first seven seasons with New Jersey, added an assist Thursday for his first point in six games and will look for his first points against his former team after being held scoreless in the first meeting.
“I grew up with half those guys,” Gomez said. “It’s just weird to see the red and black and going against it.”
New Jersey’s John Madden had a short-handed goal Friday for his sixth tally of the season and second in as many games.
“What can I say about that guy,” teammate Zach Parise said of Madden, who had a goal and three assists in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay. “This year he has been on fire.”
Parise also scored in his second straight game.
Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second victory in a row. The future Hall of Famer is 1-1 this season when starting for the second consecutive night.
He made 29 saves in last week’s loss to the Rangers, which snapped his four-game winning streak versus New York.