New Jersey Devils (13-3-0, first in the Metropolitan Division) vs. New York Rangers (8-6-3, fifth in the Metropolitan Division)
New York; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils visit the New York Rangers after Jack Hughes' hat trick against the Washington Capitals in the Devils' 5-1 win.
New York is 1-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division and 8-6-3 overall. The Rangers have an 8-2-0 record in games they score three or more goals.
New Jersey is 13-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 against the Metropolitan Division. The Devils have gone 13-1-0 in games they score at least one power-play goal.
Monday's game is the sixth time these teams meet this season. The Rangers won 3-1 in the previous matchup.
TOP PERFORMERS: Artemi Panarin has five goals and 19 assists for the Rangers. Chris Kreider has scored six goals and added three assists over the last 10 games.
Nico Hischier has nine goals and 14 assists for the Devils. Dawson Mercer has one goal and six assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-4-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.6 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.
Devils: 9-1-0, averaging 3.8 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.8 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 1.7 goals per game.
INJURIES: Rangers: None listed.
Devils: Mackenzie Blackwood: out (knee), Ondrej Palat: out (groin), Jonathan Bernier: out (hip).
The Associated Press