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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (2-4-0) at New Jersey Devils (0-4-3), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL get together in the Garden State on Saturday night, when the New York Rangers continue their road trip against the winless New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers have lost four of six to begin the season, ranking 28th in the NHL with just 1.83 goals per game. That is just behind the Devils' average of 1.86 per contest.

New Jersey has lost a club-record seven straight to begin the season, going 0-4-3 while losing each of its past three contests in regulation.

The Rangers won three of four against the Devils last season, splitting a pair of meetings in New Jersey. New York snapped a three-game road slide in the series with a 3-2 win on March 19.

The Blueshirts are opening the campaign with nine in a row on the road and struggled on the west coast portion of the swing. They lost four of five, getting outscored 20-5 during a three-game slide that was snapped with Wednesday's 2-0 victory in Washington.

Finally back east, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, while Brad Richards set up goals by John Moore and Ryan Callahan that were scored 1:46 apart in the second period.

The Rangers' maligned defense kept the Capitals scoreless on four power-play attempts, including 55 seconds of a two-man advantage in the first period.

"I was a little more aggressive today, and I felt good, but we really set the tone in the first period (with) the way we killed off the penalties," said Lundqvist following his 46th career shutout.

Lundqvist was in net for all four games versus the Devils last season, going 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals against average and one shutout.

New York, though, lost Callahan for the next 3-to-4 weeks due to a broken thumb. The Rangers captain has three goals in five games, missing the first contest of the season following offseason shoulder surgery.

Callahan's absence further impacts an offense that has been without Rick Nash for the past three games due to a concussion and Carl Hagelin through the first six outings following shoulder surgery during the offseason.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto missed Wednesday's game with the flu.

The Devils have had their own problems as they have scored just 13 goals on the year. They are 2-for-22 on the power play, scoring once on seven chances in Thursday's 5-2 setback in Ottawa.

Steve Bernier and Travis Zajac each lit the lamp once for the Devils, who saw goaltender Martin Brodeur give up four goals on 22 shots.

"We're seven games in, we haven't found a way to get a win yet," New Jersey center Ryan Carter said. "You can't look for excuses."

New Jersey was without forward Ryane Clowe on Thursday due to a head injury and he won't play tonight either after having been placed on injured reserve the previous day.

The Devils are set to play at home for the first time since Oct. 4 tonight and for only the second time overall this season. Thursday's loss wrapped a five- game tour through Canada.

Brodeur has made four starts on the season, posting a 3.40 GAA and tonight is expected to back up Cory Schneider, who has logged a 2.65 GAA over his three starts with the Devils.

Schneider has faced the Rangers just once before while with Vancouver. He suffered a 1-0 loss in New York on Jan. 13, 2011, making 34 saves.

10/19 10:32:38 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
3rd
MIA 68
CHA 62
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
5th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
6th
CLE 2
KAN 3
 
6th
WAS 1
ANA 2
 
5th
TOR 6
BAL 9
 
6th
DET 4
CWS 2
 
4th
TAM 2
MIN 4
 
4th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
6th
NYM 2
STL 1
 
3rd
MIL 4
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
3rd
MIA 68
CHA 62
 
2nd
SAN 30
DAL 32
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
2nd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
1st
DAL 0
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1