Game Notes from the Rangers:
- The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils today at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013 regular season finale. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-18-4 (54 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in overtime on Thursday at PNC Arena to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and are now 9-3-1 in the month of April. The Blueshirts are one of two Eastern Conference teams, along with Pittsburgh, to qualify for the playoffs seven times since 2005-06. The Devils enter the contest with a 19-18-10 (48 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games.
- The Stanley Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin with games on Tuesday, Apr. 30.
- Today is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-1-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win on Sunday at MSG. Ryan Callahan has tallied a team-high, two goals, and is tied with Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Derek Stepan (one goal, two assists), and Brad Richards (three assists) for the team lead in scoring with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .925 Sv%.
Leave your thoughts on the game in the comments section.