2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

Let the games begin once again.

Everything is put on the line Monday night in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils on Monday Night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers got here after dispatching a very tough Washington Capitals team in seven games. New Jersey shows up after crushing a beleaguered Philadelphia Flyers group in just five games, winning the final four.

Some have said the six day layoff might hurt the Devils, but with defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Anton Volchenkov recovering from injury, and Ilya Kovalchuk still trying to quell back issues, the rest couldn't have come at a better time.

Going into Game One, New York has to be somewhat tired after playing back-to-back seven game series. However, there's no rest for the weary. The Rangers should be able to bounce back, especially with all that's on the line.

Of course, there has been a little bit of bad blood this season between these two rivals.

Don't forget about the two games earlier this year that started with brawls following the opening face-off. The first time it was just two fights, the next it was three.

The coaches even got into a war of words. John Tortorella called out Pete DeBoer for putting his fourth line on the ice to start a game, with DeBoer responding that Tortorella "either has short-term memory loss or is a hypocrite", after the Rangers coach did the same in the first meeting of the year.

Without question, the biggest talking points are in net, with Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist facing off.

Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in wins and three-time champion is actually the underdog. The 40-year-old has said so himself, while on his quest to chase the demons of Stephane Matteau and 1994 forever on the way to glory once more.

Lundqvist is still looking to etch his name on the Stanley Cup, and how sweet it would be to beat New Jersey on the way.

It's the Devils and the Rangers. It's Brodeur against Lundqvist. It's the Eastern Conference Finals.

It's wonderful.

TV: NBC Sports Network

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

For more on the Rangers, please be sure to check out our blog Blueshirt Banter. For more on the Devils, please be sure to visit In Lou We Trust. For more on the series, keep it here on SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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