Drew Stafford scored the game-winning goal in the third quarter to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >> Read more
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8:41 NJD Joseph Blandisi (Power Play); Assists: Adam Henrique, John Quenneville
- 2:55 NYR Brandon Crawley (Power Play); Assists: Lias Andersson, Nick Holden
- 14:24 NJD Drew Stafford; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha
- I think we are going to see Lias Andersson on opening night. I don't know how long we will see him past opening night, but I think he will be in the lineup when the Rangers face the Avs on 10/5. He has been getting a lot of PP time and for someone with his potential and future, he should, but he likely won't be on the PP come the regular season. His role to start the year would be in the bottom six and likely as a PKer.
- Andrew Desjardins was always going to have a very tough time making the Rangers on a PTO but his match penalty tonight likely ends any chance. It's not just the penalty that will do him in but the fact that it cost him a chance tonight to make an impact and make a case for himself.
- The Rangers have two more exhibition games left to get a look at some players and some players in certain situations. We should get a good dose of Boo Nieves and Vinni Lettieri in those games, as well as Lias Andersson. On defense, things seem set in terms of personnel but the pairings may still be a bit up in the air.
The Rangers will host the Flyers on Monday at 7 p.m.