Rangers look to snap skid against reeling Devils

NY Rangers (11-5-2) at New Jersey (7-5-2), 7:00 pm EDT

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — The New York Rangers have slipped
into a mild skid and a matchup against the injury-plagued New
Jersey Devils seems the perfect tonic to get them back to their
winning ways.

After dropping four of five, the Rangers hope to take advantage
of their depleted Atlantic Division rival on Wednesday.

New York is 8-0-1 since a shootout loss on February 22, 2007 in
its last nine games against New Jersey. In the teams’ most
recent contest, the Rangers cruised to a 4-1 victory on October
13, handing the Devils their first defeat of the season.

This will be the first time the Rangers will face the Devils
without having to solve four-time Vezina Trophy-winning
goaltender Martin Brodeur.

After learning on Tuesday that Brodeur’s left biceps tendon was
actually “70 to 80 percent torn” before he completely snapped it
in a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on November 1, the
Devils will count on Kevin Weekes to stymie his former team.

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With Brodeur expected to miss at least three months, the Devils
will rely heavily on Weekes, who went 18-20-5 in 46 games with
the Rangers in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Scott Clemmensen gave
Weekes a breather in the Devils’ last game, a 2-1 loss to the
Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Brodeur is one of six Devils on the injured list, joining
centers Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, right wing Pierre-Luc
Letourneau-Leblond and defensemen Andy Greene and Paul Martin.

Defenseman Bryce Salvador (left foot) and right wing Brian
Gionta (sore left shoulder) said they would play after missing
the Oilers’ game because of injuries, according to the Bergen

Posting a 1-3-0 mark without Brodeur, the Devils have scored
just six goals in that span.