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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Game 4 preview: Five Things to Watch

Dan Girardi (5) is congratulated by teammates after

Dan Girardi (5) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the Rangers' first goal during the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. (May 19, 2012) (Credit: AP)

With tires splashing down Mulberry Street, and "Exile on Main Street" in the SUV, have arrived in Newark, and the press room at the Rock is filling up.

Quick trip to the gym coming up to work off the stress, and perhaps a stray pound, but first, some assorted storylines for tonight: Game at 8 p.m., remember.


Henrik Lundqvist (2-1, 1.01 GAA, .964 save percentage) vs. Martin Brodeur (1-2, 2.02 and .918) again.

Can the Devils, who have three goals in three games, find a way to get traffic in front and deflections behind Lundqvist, as in Game 2?  The Rangers have had some success against Brodeur, but not many shots. He’s had to make 73 saves; Lundqvist 84. Ilya Kovalchuk leads everyone in shots with 12. Marian Gaborik. Michael Del Zotto and Zach Parise each have nine. Rangers need to pounce on rebounds.


Refs are Dan O’Rourke and Chris Rooney, who officiated two recent 2-1 Rangers wins: Game 7 against the Capitals and the triple-OT in Washington.  Will they be calling it close after Torts' comments about missed calls and the suspension? We'll see.


C Jacob Josefson, stepping in for the Devs’ Petr Sykora, last played on April 3, when he fractured his wrist against the Islanders. Mats Zuccarello fractured his wrist on March 23  against Buffalo, had surgery, and is skating with the taxi squad.


Keep an eye on the special teams again: With Brandon Prust serving his one-game suspension, who's filling in on the PK? Devs are 1-for-12 on the PP, but have been verrryy close. Rangers cannot take five penalties again and come away unscathed, me thinks.


Dan Girardi has two-game winners in the series. Odds are he won't have another tonight. Forwards to watch: Richards, Gaborik of course and Carl Hagelin, who's due. And Patrik Elias, moving over to wing, may be more effective there for Devils.

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