National Hockey League
Preview
New Jersey at NY Rangers
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 8, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Rangers look to extend their winning streak, as well as avenge their only loss of the month, Monday when they take on the visiting New Jersey Devils for the second time in seven days. The Rangers dropped a 3-2 decision at New Jersey on Tuesday but bounced back with victories over Minnesota and Philadelphia, the latter coming in a shootout.

New York could be without captain Ryan McDonagh, who exited Saturday's win over the Flyers with an upper-body injury after being punched in the head by Wayne Simmonds. New Jersey has lost back-to-back shootouts since its home win over the Rangers but is still in a virtual tie with Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils have a new scoring leader in Lee Stempniak, who notched an assist against Washington on Saturday to move one point ahead of the injured Mike Cammalleri (38). Stempniak spent part of last season with New York and has haunted his former team thus far this campaign, scoring in overtime on Oct. 18 to give the Devils a 2-1 triumph before tallying and setting up defenseman David Schlemko's power-play winner on Tuesday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, MSG Plus (New Jersey), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE DEVILS (26-20-7): Stempniak has collected six goals and four assists over his last 10 games to put him 13 points away from matching his career high of 52 set in 2006-07 with St. Louis. Kyle Palmieri leads the club with a career-high 20 goals but enters Monday in a five-game drought. New Jersey has been strong on the penalty kill of late, going a perfect 11-for-11 over its last three games.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (29-18-5): J.T. Miller failed to land on the scoresheet Saturday, ending his goal-scoring and point streaks at three games. The 22-year-old center recorded four tallies and an assist during that span and has netted seven of his career-high 16 tallies over his last seven contests. Derick Brassard is tied with Mats Zuccarello for the team lead in goals, one shy of his career high of 19 set last season.

OVERTIME

1. Rangers LW Rick Nash has missed the last five games due to a bone bruise in his left leg.

2. New Jersey is 2-6 in shootouts this campaign, losing five straight since topping the Islanders on Oct. 31.

3. Miller was the offensive star for the Rangers in Tuesday's matchup, netting both tallies for his second two-goal performance of the season - both of which came in a four-game span.

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Devils 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
New Jersey 26-20-1-6 L2 12-10-1-3 14-10-0-3 4-1-0-2 22-19-1-4 7-7-1-1
NY Rangers 29-18-3-2 W2 19-5-2-0 10-13-1-2 3-4-2-0 26-14-1-2 8-5-2-2
Last Meeting
New Jersey NY Rangers
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/2/16 NYR 2 NJ 3 25 31 2-2 33 22 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
New Jersey L. Stempniak 2
NY Rangers J. Miller 2
Goals Player  
New Jersey J. Blandisi 1
NY Rangers J. Miller 2
Assists Player  
New Jersey E. Gelinas 1
NY Rangers D. Boyle 1
Saves Player  
New Jersey C. Schneider 31
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 22
Season
Total Points Player  
New Jersey L. Stempniak 41
NY Rangers M. Zuccarello 41
Goals Player  
New Jersey K. Palmieri 21
NY Rangers M. Zuccarello 19
Assists Player  
New Jersey L. Stempniak 25
NY Rangers K. Yandle 25
Saves Player  
New Jersey C. Schneider 1240
NY Rangers H. Lundqvist 1285
Quickchart Matchup
New Jersey Off vs  NY Rangers Def
2.25 GF
2.58 GA
24.4 Shots
29.6 Shots
33 PP
35 PK
NY Rangers Off vs  New Jersey Def
2.85 GF
2.26 GA
29.4 Shots
28.8 Shots
24 PP
30 PK