The New York Rangers appear to be on track after an early slump, and they'll try to make it three wins in a row Tuesday night when they visit a New Jersey Devils team that is coming off its first two losses.
The Rangers (3-3-0) had been outscored 17-8 during a three-game losing streak before Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over Carolina. The former Vezina Trophy winner stepped up again Sunday with 33 saves in a 4-0 victory over San Jose.
"It was probably our most complete game of the year," said Lundqvist, who extended his franchise record with shutout No. 51. "The last couple of games we have been playing better as a group and making smart decisions."
Rick Nash notched his team-leading seventh goal while Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin and rookie Kevin Hayes scored for the first time. Dominic Moore added two assists after going pointless in the first five games.
"I think we're coming to our house and helping our goalie out," Nash told the NHL's official website. "We're locking the middle down. We're not giving up the chances that we did in the first couple of games."
The Devils opened with three consecutive victories but have since suffered back-to-back defeats, including 4-2 to San Jose in Saturday's home opener.
New Jersey (3-2-0) trailed 3-0 in the third period before Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique scored in a span of 4:10, but the Sharks put the game away with an empty-net goal.
"You can feel pretty good about yourself one day and it seems like not too many hours later you're sitting here with two losses in a row and you're on a streak the other way," said Cammalleri, who has five goals and two assists.
Cory Schneider has started every game, allowing eight goals over the last two. He is 1-1-0 with a 0.86 goals-against average in three appearances against the Rangers, including a 4-0 home victory last Oct. 19.
Lundqvist has compiled a 1.87 GAA in going 30-14-6 against the Devils, his most wins against any club. He's seeking a third consecutive road victory in the series after winning 2-0 on March 22.
Nash has scored in each of his last three visits to New Jersey, giving him five goals over a six-game stretch in the series.
Cammalleri has seven goals and nine assists in his last 10 games against the Rangers.
Dan Girardi is expected to be on the ice to help try and contain him, as the defenseman will play despite suffering a gash on his lower leg Sunday.
"I am feeling good," Girardi told the team's official website after taking part in the optional morning skate. "It's tough to miss any game, really. I didn't come back into the game (Sunday) just to be cautious, then had a maintenance day yesterday, and now I feel good today. I am ready to go."
New Jersey's Martin Havlat is uncertain to be available after missing Saturday's game due to facial lacerations.
The Devils haven't dropped their first two home games in regulation since going 0-3-0 in 2009-10.