NEWARK -- Taylor Hall, Cory Schneider and Kyle Palmieri will lead the New Jersey Devils into a battle against the rival New York Rangers, featuring Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes, at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Prudential Center. It will be the first meeting in Newark between the two rivals this season.
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Here's what you need to know about the game:
What: New Jersey Devils (25-25-10) vs. New York Rangers (39-19-2)Why Devils are entering most important stretch of season
When: 5 p.m. Eastern, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: MSG+ (Devils broadcast) / MSG (Rangers broadcast)
Devils injuries: F Pavel Zacha (concussion; out Saturday, doubtful for Monday vs. Montreal Candiens)
More to know: The Devils will roll with a similar lineup to Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, with the exception of Zacha. Beau Bennett will rejoin the Devils' lineup in his place.
Defenseman Seth Helgeson cleared waivers on Saturday, but he will stay with the Devils. They now have the flexibility of optioning him to Albany (AHL) if they want to make a move.
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Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Devils against the Senators. Coach John Hynes said he could mix up the second and fourth lines as to where Bennett jumps in, but the first and third lines will stay the same.
Taylor Hall-Travis Zajac-Kyle Palmieri
Beau Bennett-Adam Henrique-P.A. Parenteau
Michael Cammalleri-Jacob Josefson-Stefan Noesen
Miles Wood-Joseph Blandisi-Devante Smith-Pelly
Andy Greene-Ben Lovejoy
Jon Merrill-Steven Santini
Kyle Quincey-Damon Severson
Starter: Cory Schneider
Backup: Keith Kinkaid
Forwards: Pavel Zacha
Defenseman: John Moore, Seth Helgeson
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