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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.

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.



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