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Monday, February 4, 2013
Rivalry week in New York

By Katie Strang

With the first few weeks of the 2013 season already in the books, some key matchups lie ahead for the three local NY/NJ teams.

On Tuesday, the Devils host the Rangers in the first rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals. The Rangers are still struggling to string together wins -- they have done so only once this season -- and the Devils have dropped four of their last five. Still, the reigning Eastern Conference champs lead the Rangers by three points in the Atlantic Division.

The Rangers face another tough test Thursday against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Although the Isles were blanked on Super Bowl Sunday by backup netminder Johan Hedberg and the Devils, they're off to a solid 4-3-1 start, good for third in the Atlantic.