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Devils-Rangers’ rivalry enters its next chapter

May 13, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are rivals in every sense of the word. They are in the same division, geographically close, and have a long playoff history. This will be the sixth time that these two squads have met in the playoffs in roughly two decades.

“It’s good for hockey, good for the fans, and good for everyone else,” New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus said of the upcoming series. “A lot of people around here wanted this. The only exception was in 2006 when the Devils swept the Rangers.

“Since the day I arrived in New Jersey, I sensed that this is The Rivalry. And I like that stuff.”

The Rangers have been the much more successful team in these two franchise’s postseason meetings. New York has eliminated the Devils in four of their previous five opportunities.

Still, the Devils have a great team and have already vanquished one major Stanley Cup contender in the Philadelphia Flyers. After having their hands full with the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers are in for yet another tough series.

  1. broadstbully33 - May 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    bs rivalry…not even close to flyers vs pens but hey they have to make something interesting about these teams and this series….

    • ossiningwhatup - May 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Really guy? Don’t be mad your team got beat down by the devs and that the rangers beat you all six times this year. Should be a great series and go rangers

    • hiltonandastoria - May 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Gotta love these new to hockey types

    • brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Broad Street Jacka$$es will never go away. Wake up and smell the Hudson.

  2. martysbetter - May 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I honestly think its a complete toss up, hopefully the Devils come out giving 110% like in the Flyers series.

    The x-factor is probably Henrik Lundqvist, the guy played out of his mind in game 7, the Devils will have to get to him early if they want to have a chance to win any of these games – I hate him, but he gets locked in when he’s in a groove.

    Broduer will have to have huge part in this series as well, there was a game earlier in the year where he single-handedly neutralized the NYR dump and chase game with his puck handling.

    All I know is this series is probably going 7 games.

  3. bronxsanman - May 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Wah Wah,typical flyers fan crying for attention.Look at you now,playing golf with your most over rated player in the league Claude Giroux and worst goaltender signing since the joke of a 15 year deal the islanders gave DiPietro.This is hockey’s true rivalry.The KING will take his knights to victory along with “BIG GAME BRAD” doing what he’s always done,stepping up when the game is huge.All those people questioning Sather’s decision to get Nash at the deadline.Ha Ha.Where would we be without Del Zotto and Krieder.Rangers in six.LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

  4. nyrangersfan - May 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Real bitter filthy fans out there. Even if by some miracle the flyers had beat the devils in that series, there’s no way they could have beat the Rangers. Blueshirts in seven.

  5. capsfan19 - May 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I think devils are gonna shock the league. Rangers are going to come in on a high horse and ge the rugged pulled out from under them

    • brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      How does a team that has gone to two game sevens already come in on a high horse?! What rock do you live under?!

      • danphipps01 - May 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Brian’s got a point. Their regular-season aura of invincibility really hasn’t carried into the playoffs at all. Two game sevens and the recognition that Joel Ward played a disturbingly large part in them even getting to the second have somewhat tarnished their lustre. They’re good, sure, but I don’t think they’re even the favourites for this match, much less the Cup anymore.

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