While the Rangers elected to play players who are expected to be dealt, the Devils held out Marcus Johansson and veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Thursday ahead of any possible trades. Both players will make the trip to New York but are expected to be scratched again.
Without those two veterans, the Devils won for the third time in four games by getting goals from Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood in a 4-0 home win over the Ottawa Senators.
"This time of year's never easy, and this is sort of the consequence of not having a good year to this point," said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.
"Guys are getting held out or traded or you're losing guys in the room. I don't think anyone in here is safe for next year. We have to prove we belong here and that we can play a role here and be key contributors going forward."
Schneider made 30 saves Thursday and won his third straight appearance. He snapped a 21-game winless skid when he relieved Keith Kinkaid on Feb. 15 in Minnesota and has stopped 64 of 65 shots in his last two starts.
New York began the season series by getting four points from Zibanejad and coming back for a 4-3 victory at New Jersey on Jan. 31.
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