The New York Rangers head into Game 3 with a 2-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils. Games 3 and 4 take place at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers had a 23-13-5 regular season record.
This is a pivotal game as the Blueshirts look to go up three games to none, while the Devils look to win on the Rangers’ home ice. Can the Devils take two from the Rangers on home ice like the Rangers took two from the Devils on home ice?
What will happen when the Devils and Rangers do battle in Game 3?
The New York Rangers have handled the Devils with ease in the first two games, outscoring them by a combined 10-2 score. They have shut the Devils down completely, with the Devils hopelessly trying to gain an advantage somewhere.
New Jersey has had nothing go right for them in the series, giving up many scoring chances and having no success on special teams.
The Devils will have their third different set of lines when they take Madison Square Garden ice, as head coach Lindy Ruff is trying to find something that will stick. Devils forward. Jack Hughes has been unusually quiet, but when he breaks out, the Devils will play differently.
New York has everything going for it right now. Forward Chris Kreider has been elite, scoring four goals in the first two games. Other New York Ranger players that have played well include forwards Patrick Kane and Mika Zibanejad and goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
The New York Rangers defense has been air-tight, and the Devils have had no room to skate. The defense has clogged up the defensive zone and the neutral zone so much that Devils forwards are getting frustrated.
The Rangers are firing on all cylinders. The offense has been clicking, the defense and goaltending have been rock solid, and the special teams have made a difference.
The Devils will go with a different set of forward lines and defensive units, according to Amanda Stein. New York has not yet revealed any lineup changes. Projected lines for both teams are listed below.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider- Mika Zibanejad- Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kappo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey-Barclay Goodrow- Tyler Motte
Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox
K’Andre MIller-Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola-Braden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin-Jaroslav Halak
New Jersey Devils
Ondrej Palat-Nico Hischier-Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula-Jack Hughes-Tomas Tatar
Timo Meier-Michael McLeod-Dawson Mercer
Yegor Sharangovich/Miles Wood-Curtis Lazar/Jesper Boqvist-Nathan Bastian
Jonas Siegenthaler-Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves-John Marino
Brandon Smith-Kevin Bahl
Vitek Vanecek-Akira Schmid
Game 3 can be viewed on ESPN, ABC, SN1, CITY, TVA2.