W2W4: Rangers at Devils

February, 5, 2013
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At a glance: The Rangers and Devils meet for the first time since a thrilling Eastern Conference finals series in which New Jersey knocked off its Atlantic Division foe on rookie Adam Henrique's overtime goal to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. In the first of four meetings this season, the two teams will square off with the rivalry kicked up a notch after last spring’s hostilities.

You again: The Rangers get their first shot at revenge back in the building where their 2012 playoff run came to a screeching halt. Winners in four of their last six games, the Rangers are still trying to make up ground against their cross-Hudson rivals. Despite dropping four of their last five games, the Devils are second in the division with a 4-1-3 Atlantic record and 11 points.

Matteau, Matteau, Matteau: It does not appear that 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau, son of famous Rangers alum Stephane Matteau, will face his dad’s former team on Tuesday. The 18-year-old winger has hit the five-game threshold with the Devils, although he has not played since. GM Lou Lamoriello has yet to make a decision on whether to keep him around or send him back to his junior club.

Miller time: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller from the AHL’s Connecticut Whale on Monday. The 19-year-old forward, regarded as one of the organization’s top prospects, is set to make his NHL debut against the Devils. Miller, who recently played for Team USA in this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, has eight goals and 12 assists in 37 games for the Whale. Fellow Whale forward Brandon Mashinter was also called up Monday.

New guy in town: Darroll Powe will likely make his Rangers debut, just one day after being traded to New York from Minnesota. The Rangers sent veteran Mike Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for both Powe and depth forward Nick Palmieri (a former New Jersey Devils prospect). Powe, 27, will add a needed boost to the Rangers on their PK. The former Princeton University standout led all Wild forwards last season in short-handed minutes and finished third in the league with 91 blocked shots.

Surprise addition: Could rookie Chris Kreider make his return to the lineup Tuesday? The 21-year-old winger, who had a stunning playoff debut last spring, has missed the last five games with an injured ankle but was not one of the scratches who stayed out on the ice late for the team's morning skate. Coach John Tortorella did not rule him out.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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