New Jersey Devils (19-18-10) at New York Rangers (25-18-4), 3 p.m. (ET)

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“It’s a great feeling,” said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who recorded 18 saves. “It’s been a fun year. A little bumpy start, but after that we’ve been working really hard and even though it’s been going up and down for us, especially the last three or four weeks we’ve stepped up as a group and as a team.” The Rangers and Ottawa Senators are tied for the final two playoff spots in the conference and the New York Islanders are one put ahead in sixth, setting up possible dates for each club with one of the three division winners. The Sens have the inside track on sixth place as they have two games left to play, while the Islanders concluded their regular season by gaining one point in Friday’s shootout loss to Buffalo. Ottawa is hosting the Philadelphia Flyers tonight and will travel to Boston tomorrow to make up a postponed game from the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. The sixth seed will open the playoffs against the Southeast Division-champion Washington Capitals, while the eighth-place team will open versus the top- seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Either Boston or Montreal will play host to the seventh seed to open the playoffs. New York forward Ryane Clowe left Thursday’s win with an undisclosed injury and did not return. The Rangers have won two of three versus the Devils this season, including a previous meeting in New York on April 21. Callahan scored twice in that 4-1 win, while Richards and Stepan both had two-point games. source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/27/3367899/new-jersey-devils-19-18-10-at.html

Devils-Rangers Preview

Though numerous scenarios abound, New York can guarantee avoiding the Penguins with a point against the Devils. For that reason, Henrik Lundqvist could make his 14th straight start rather than getting a game off before the postseason. “We have one more game and it can still change a lot of things here going into the playoffs, so let’s focus on that game,” said a smiling Lundqvist, 9-3-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average in the past 13. “I still think it’s an important game for us and then we’re gonna start thinking about what’s ahead, but Saturday first.” Despite their poor season, the Devils may be motivated to defeat the Rangers after last Sunday, when a 4-1 loss to New York knocked the defending Eastern Conference champions from contention. New Jersey (19-18-10) has also been playing well, winning four of five. The Devils beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on Thursday in their home finale, and they’ll now try to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Rangers. “It’s too bad (Saturday’s) game is not going to mean anything,” said forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who has points in his last four overall and one goal and four assists in his past five versus New York. “It would have been more fun if the game meant something, but I think it’s great for the league that (the Rangers) are in because they are a franchise with a lot of history. “They have good players and deserve to be in. We’re just going in there to try our best to win the last game.” One negative that came out of Thursday’s game for New York was an apparent leg injury to forward Ryane Clowe, who had to be helped off the ice and did not return. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/preview/2013042713/new-jersey-devils–new-york-rangers

Ex-Devils Forward Brian Rolston Retires After 17-Year NHL Career

Photographer: Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images Bloomberg News Ex-Devils Forward Brian Rolston Retires After 17-Year NHL Career By Eben Novy-Williams The Death of the Political Sex Scandal Former New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston retired today, ending a 17-year National Hockey League career that began with the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship. Rolston, 40, announced the decision today in an e-mailed statement through the NHL Players’ Association. He retires with 342 goals and 419 assists in 1,256 regular-season games. “Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true,” Rolston said in the release. “My career has taken me to many great places where I had the privilege to play with some exceptional teammates and in the best league in the world.” Rolston was selected by the Devils with the No. 11 draft pick in 1991 and broke into the league with the team during the 1994-95 season, helping New Jersey to the Stanley Cup title. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1999, and was dealt four months later to the Boston Bruins. The 2000-01 season, Rolston’s first full year in Boston, marked the start of seven consecutive campaigns with 48 or more points with the Bruins and Minnesota Wild. An All-Star in 2007, he returned to the Devils in 2008, before finishing his career with the New York Islanders and Bruins in 2011-12. He didn’t play in the most recent NHL season. “I really enjoyed playing with Brian over the course of nine seasons,” Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said in the release. “As a player, he was instrumental in a lot of the success we had in New Jersey, including our first Stanley Cup, and I can’t say enough about the leadership and passion he brought to our team.” Rolston represented the U.S. source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-30/ex-devils-forward-brian-rolston-retires-after-17-year-nhl-career

Devils’ Brodeur still having ‘a great time playing the game’

But, from the sounds of it, there’s still a lot of hockey left in the future Hall-of-Famer. His comments made Monday suggest he may look to prolong his playing career past this current deal – a two-year, $9 million contract – and that may include signing a contract extension with the Devils. As he says: “…who knows?” “It’s the last year on my contract and that’s about it. This year, even though we didn’t make the playoffs, I had a great time playing the game,” Brodeur told northjersey.com. “I really had a good time competing at the level I wanted to compete (at) and if it stays like that and I’m still having fun, who knows that’s going to happen? I’m not putting a decision in my mind. “Two, three years ago, it was harder to make that decision, but now, for whatever reason, I don’t know if it’s the way the game is here, I really enjoy we have a chance to win every single game and the coaches make it fun to come to the rink.” Brodeur, who helped guide New Jersey to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final last year, played in 29 of the Devils’ 48 games this season. He posted a 13-9-7 record. He also has a career regular season record of 669-380-105 record. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/29/devils-brodeur-still-having-a-great-time-playing-the-game/

Brian Rolston retires after 17 NHL seasons; forward helped Devils win 1st Stanley Cup

The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the New York Islanders and Boston in 2011-12. As a rookie he helped the Devils win the Cup in the 1994-95 season. He also played for Colorado and Minnesota and completed his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points. His top offensive season was 2005-06 with the Wild — 34 goals and 45 assists. “Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true,” Rolston said in a statement. “My career has taken me to many great places where I had the privilege to play with some exceptional teammates and in the best league in the world. “The memories of all my experiences will certainly stick with me for the rest of my life. I am grateful for the overwhelming support of my friends, family and fans throughout my career.” Rolston also played for the U.S. at three Winter Olympics, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and one world championship. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/brian-rolston-retires-after-17-nhl-seasons-forward-helped-devils-win-1st-stanley-cup/2013/04/30/31883b06-b1d3-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

 

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