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Mike Rupp (71) of the New York Rangers rides Zach Parise (9) of the New Jersey Devils into the glass at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27 in New York City. Rupp scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils in 2003, their last Cup. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Mike Rupp (71) of the New York Rangers rides Zach Parise (9) of the New Jersey Devils into the glass at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27 in New York City. Rupp scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils in 2003, their last Cup. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Hudson River rivalry got quite a kickstart in 1994, when the Rangers beat the Devils in double overtime with a Stephane Matteau goal and then went on to win the Stanley Cup. The next season the Devils captured their first Stanley Cup and two more since.
No. 1 N.Y. Rangers (51-24-7-109 pts) vs. No. 6 N.J. Devils (48-28-6-102 pts)

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1. The Hudson River rivalry got quite a kickstart in 1994, when the Rangers beat the Devils in double overtime with a Stephane Matteau goal and then went on to win the Stanley Cup. The next season the Devils captured their first Stanley Cup and two more since. This will be the sixth playoff meeting between the rivals with the Rangers having won four of the previous five.

2. Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been considered one of the best in the game these days, but there is no denying Devils 40-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur's place in history. On the back nine of his career, Brodeur will be motivated for a strong finish over the 30-year-old Swede.

3. The last regular season meeting between the Rangers and Devils resulted in a line brawl to start the game and a war of words between Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer. These two teams don't like each other and neither do their coaches.

4. Lou Lamoriello, 69, celebrated his 25th year as the Devils general manager last month. Glen Sather, 68 has been in charge of the Rangers since 2000, but prior to that won four Stanley Cups at the helm of the Oilers. Lamoriello would love to tie Sather with his fourth NHL championship, but Sather wants to win his first on Broadway.

5. Mike Rupp scored the last Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Devils nine years ago, and now he finds himself on the other side with the Rangers. There have been several players who have performed for both the Rangers and Devils, but not one who has won Stanley Cups on both side of the Hudson River.

Season series: Rangers 3-2-1.

Dec. 20 - Rangers 4-1 at New Jersey
Jan. 31 - Devils 4-3 (SO) at New Jersey
Feb. 07 - Devils 1-0 at New York
Feb. 27 - Rangers 2-0 at New York
March 06 - Devils 4-1 at New Jersey
March 19 - Rangers 4-2 at New York

Prediction: Devils in seven.

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