Both the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils are looking for a win tonight, as the two battle it out in New Jersey. The Rangers -- who are coming off a 4-1 embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Flyers -- and the Devils need to bounce back too.
According to various reports, the Devils will be without Martin Brodeur tonight, due to his injured elbow sustained against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jamie Langenbrunner registered a goal and two assists in the victory over the Blackhawks. Travis Zajac had a goal and one assist for the Devils, who finished 2-4-0 on their six-game road trip.
"No one has ever stopped working here," said New Jersey head coach John MacLean. "I think this is a big win for them and we still have work to do, but it's going in the right direction."
Brodeur stopped all eight shots he faced before leaving the game. Hedberg made 21 saves in relief.
"It's not an ideal situation, but when you realize you're going in the adrenaline kicks in," said Hedberg. "The focus comes instantly and you just try to find your groove and patience."
The Devils are opening a three-game homestand tonight and will try to post their first win as the host this year. New Jersey was 0-4-1 at the Prudential Center before leaving for its recent trek.
Meanwhile, the Rangers had a two-game winning streak halted with Thursday's loss in Philadelphia. Former Rangers Blair Betts and Nikolay Zherdev both notched goals for the Flyers in the 4-1 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
Brandon Dubinsky potted the lone goal for the Rangers and has five tallies in his last six games. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss after yielding all four goals on 21 shots.
"I didn't feel they had to work that hard to get them (goals)," Lundqvist said. "I think we played pretty well. Obviously, the third one I have to have. We had a couple breakdowns overall. I just have to play better."
Thursday's loss was just the second on the road this season for the Rangers, who are 4-2-0 away from Madison Square Garden in 2010-11.
New York recorded a 3-1 home victory over the Devils on Oct. 24 to open the 2010-11 season series. The Rangers have won two straight and three of four against the Devils overall, but have dropped three out of five in the Garden State.
Brandon Dubinsky leads the Rangers with 8 goals. Early word from the Rangers is that Marian Gaborik is on his way back. The Rangers need him badly, especially with the lack of offense in the Rangers loss to the Flyers.
(The Sports Network contributed to this report.)