Henrik Lundqvist was ready for Sunday's game but lamented the "low energy" in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils.
It was the goaltender's first matinee of the season, and Lundqvist (22 saves) sensed a difference between this game and the previous five night games -- in Chicago, Columbus and Montreal and two at home.
The Rangers started well Sunday, then wilted.
"It felt like there was low energy in this game," he said. "Maybe it's the way that they [the Devils] play; they sit back a lot and wait for mistakes. Comparing it to the earlier games, where there was more speed and more energy, it was more about minimizing your mistakes and playing a smart game. It's disappointing."
"Coming home, we felt like we needed to get a win here and start building more positive energy in the group. But we have another chance already [Monday night against the Sharks]."
Kevin Klein and the Devils' Kyle Palmieri dropped the gloves at 19:13 of the first period and Klein landed more blows in the encounter near center ice. It was the first fight of the season for both teams and apparently gave the Devils a little spark.
The Devils' Lee Stempniak, who scored in overtime, said he thought Palmieri, who initiated the scuffle, "got us going a little bit at the end of the first, and we were able to regroup in the second."
The Rangers have scored nine first-period goals and only five in the second and third periods combined. They were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and are 8-for-8 in the last two games . . . Derek Stepan has 30 points in the last 29 games against Metropolitan Division opponents . . . Oscar Lindberg had his first NHL assist and leads the team in points with five . . . The Rangers play five of the next six games at home.