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1 GDT winning streak so let's try this again...

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DEVILS (37-38-5) at RANGERS (43-33-5)

Last 10 -- New Jersey 4-5-1; New York 6-3-1

Season series -- This is the sixth and final meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals. The Rangers won the first three matchups, but the Devils have taken the last two.

Big story -- For the Rangers, it comes down to this: They can't lose to the Devils in regulation. They must pick up at least a point -- two would be preferable -- and then hope the Hurricanes lose to the Lightning on Saturday night. If the Hurricanes beat the Lightning, the Rangers will miss the playoffs in bitter fashion for the second straight season.

Team scope:

Devils -- After starting the season at the bottom of the League standings, the Devils surged to within six points of a playoff spot in the East. But they eventually ran out of gas and will miss the postseason for the first time since 1996.

That doesn't mean they won't take a bit of satisfaction over possibly keeping the Rangers making the playoffs with a regulation win at Madison Square Garden.

"It's kind of exciting," center Travis Zajac said. "It's a big game no matter what. To be able to beat a team trying to get in the playoffs is always sweeter, too."

The Devils won't be at full strength, however. Zach Parise, Dainius Zubrus, Colin White and Anton Volchenkov won't take part.

Rangers -- A regulation victory is a must for reaching the postseason after the Sabres and Hurricanes earned wins on Friday. The Rangers are in this precarious position after Thursday night's surprising 3-0 loss to the Thrashers at MSG.

Mats Zuccarello was called up Friday from the AHL's Connecticut Whale, likely to take the spot of Matt Gilroy, who played right wing with Ryan Callahan lost for the season.

No matter the lineup, the Rangers are going to have to fend off a fierce rival champing at the bit to play spoiler.

"They are going to do everything they can to spoil it," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "They are going to do everything they can to not see us in the playoffs. It is going to be an exciting game, big game again like last year. Obviously we want to be in a better position going into Game 82, but we don't have a choice."

Who's hot -- Devils forward Patrik Elias has 4 goals and 4 assists in his last five games. … Rangers forward Vinny Prospal has 3 goals and 1 assist in the last four games.

Injury report -- White and Volchenkov are out with lower-body injuries. Parise will skip the final two games for precautionary reasons. Zubrus suffered an upper-body injury against the Leafs on Wednesday and will also sit the final two games. … Forward Ryan Callahan (leg) is done for the rest of the regular season and likely won't return this season unless the Rangers make a deep run in the playoffs.

Stat pack -- A regulation loss would result in the Devils' first losing season since 1991. … The Rangers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games at Madison Square Garden.

Puck drop -- "We felt this coming for the past three weeks. We have been on a pretty good run but Carolina keeps on winning. Buffalo keeps on winning. It doesn't surprise me at all that it takes 82. We will be ready to play Game 82." -- Rangers coach John Tortorella

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It's been a weird year. It's been a tough year, but I'm still proud of my boys. Let's end this thing on a high note and take the Rags down with us. This is team.

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A win tonight to knock out the Rangers and tomorrow on home ice would be a nice way to end this weird, weird season. Let's do it kids.

I, unfortunately, will be on my way to Philadelphia to see the Red Bulls kick some Union ass tonight, so I won't be able to watch the game or listen beyond the beginning on the first before I'm out of radio range, but still. I'll be following through my phone. Let's go Devils. And Red Bulls.

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So I keep hearing different things. I hear that if the Rangers dont win this game in regulation, they are done but I also hear that in order for the Rangers season to be done, they need to loose this game and also Carolina has to win.

Whats the case? If they loose they are out or does Carolina have to win also?

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If they lose in regulation they're out, Carolina has the tiebreaker.

If they lose in OT/SO Carolina needs at least one point tonight.

If they win, Carolina still eliminates them with any kind of a win.

Thats what I thought. Thank you sir. Im arguing with a girl that used to be a "Devils fan" (shes one of those) and now is dating a Rangers fan whos my best friend and she has now become a Rangers fan.

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