Devils vs. Rangers Playoffs: Game 2 TV Schedule, Live Stream, Odds and Analysis

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IMay 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers vie for the puck in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, 3-0, against the rival New Jersey Devils. After two scoreless periods, Dan Girardi opened the scoring in the third on a trailing pass from top prospect Chris Kreider.

Kreider also would get on the board during the third period on a Rangers power play, with Dan Girardi and Artem Anisimov assisting on the score.

The Devils were very aggressive early on in the game, and their forecheck helped contain the Rangers during the first 40 minutes of play. Anisimov sealed the deal with an empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third period.

With the puck set to drop at 8:00 p.m. ET, here is what you need to know for Game 2.

 


Game Coverage

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Watch: NBC Sports Network, CBC and RDS

Click to Listen: ESPN NY—98.7 FM (NYR)WBBR—1130 AM (NJD)

Click to WatchNHL Gamecenter PremiumCBC Hockey Night in Canada Live!

When: Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Postgame Coverage

TV: MSG Network and NHL Network

When: Following Game 2 for 90 minutes

 

 

Money Line from Bovada Sportsbook

New Jersey Devils: (+105)

New York Rangers: (-135)

 

Series Schedule: Rangers Lead 1-0

Game 1—Monday, May 14—New York 3, New Jersey 0—New York Leads 1-0

Game 2—Tonight—vs. New Jersey Devils—8:00 p.m. 

Game 3—Saturday, May 19—@ New Jersey Devils—1:00 p.m.

Game 4—Monday, May 21 —@New Jersey Devils—8:00 p.m.

Game 5*—Wednesday, May 23—vs. New Jersey Devils—8:00 p.m.

Game 6*—Friday, May 25—@New Jersey Devils—8:00 p.m. 

Game 7*—Sunday, May 27—vs. New Jersey Devils—8:00 p.m.

 

 

Playoff Scoring Team Leaders

 

New York Rangers

Goals: Brad Richards (six)

Assists: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan (seven)

Points: Brad Richards (11)

Plus/Minus: Marian Gaborik, Dan Girardi, Ruslan Fedotenko and Marc Staal (plus-three)

TOI/G (Defensemen): Dan Girardi (27:29)

TOI/G (Forwards): Ryan Callahan (24:06)

 

New Jersey Devils

Goals: Travis Zajac, Ilya Kovalchuk (five)

Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk (seven)

Points: Ilya Kovalchuk (12)

Plus/Minus: Bryce Salvador (plus-seven)

TOI/G (Defensemen): Marek Zidlicky (24:27)

TOI/G (Forwards): Ilya Kovalchuk (24:08)

 

 

Players to Watch in Game 2

 

Brad Richards (NYR)

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06:  Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers skates up to a face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on January 6, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 3
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Brad Richards and his linemates were held scoreless in Game 1. The Rangers will need Richards and his line to generate some offense in order for the team to be successful this series. Look for Richards to make adjustments and take more shots in Game 2.

 

Zach Parise (NJD)

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 17:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Florida Panthers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 17, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey
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Parise was one of the Devils' best players in Game 1. He had a breakaway chance, unloaded multiple shots shorthanded and was always a threat while he was on the ice. Parise is a top player in the NHL and look for him to get on the board in Game 2.

 

 

Area of Importance for Game 2: Faceoffs 

The Rangers won 36 of 51 faceoffs in Game 1 for a total of 59 percent of the time. This is an area the Devils will look to improve upon in Game 2. If the Devils can even the odds on faceoff wins—especially in their offensive zone— it wil be a huge improvement for their ability to generate scoring chances.

 

 

Goalie Matchup

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the New Jersey Devils in the first period of Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2
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Henrik Lundqvist

| 9-6-0 | 1.57 GAA | .940 SV percentage | two SO |

Lundqvist earned his second shutout of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-0 win over New Jersey in Game 1.

 

Martin Brodeur

| 8-4-1 | 2.05 GAA | .921 SV percentage | one SO |

Brodeur made 25 saves in a Game 1 loss against the New York Rangers.

 

 

Projected Lineups

 

New York Rangers

Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards (A), Marián Gáborík

Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan (C)

Ruslan Fedotenko, Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust

 Artem Anisimov, John Mitchell, Mike Rupp

Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi

 Marc Staal (A), Anton Strålman

 Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel

 

New Jersey Devils

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26:  Martin Brodeur #30 watches teammate Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils clear the puck away in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 26, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings defeated the De
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Zach Parise (C), Travis Zajac, Ilya Kovalchuk (A)

Petr Sykora, Patrik Eliás (A), Dainius Zubrus

 Alexei Ponikarovsky, Adam Henrique, Steve Bernier

 Ryan Carter, Jacob Josefson, Cam Janssen

 Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky

Mark Fayne, Andy Greene

Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold

 

Prediction: Rangers Win 2-1

The Rangers won Game 1 despite looking sluggish and a bit laid back during the first 40 minutes. With more rest and a game strategy to apply against the Devils, the Rangers will be fresher in Game 2. Expect the Rangers' top line to get going and the Rangers to take a 2-0 lead against the Devils into New Jersey,