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Devils search for offense against Rangers

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New Jersey (19-11-3) at NY Rangers (22-12-3), 7:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils look for a

much-needed offensive boost when they visit the New York Rangers

in a battle of Atlantic Division foes on Saturday.

Losers of consecutive games, the Devils are in danger of

suffering their first three-game skid since losing four in a row

from November 8-14 - a streak that began two games after

goaltender Martin Brodeur went down with a torn distal biceps


Scott Clemmensen turned aside 17 shots, but the Devils were shut

out for the second straight contest at home for the first time

in franchise history in a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on

Friday. On Tuesday, they suffered a 2-0 beating by the Eastern

Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

It also marked the first time New Jersey was blanked in

back-to-back games since January 26-27, 2006, when it fell to

the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, respectively.

The Devils had been riding a 12-3-1 streak coming into the

showdown, and Clemmensen lost for just the third time in

regulation since taking over as the full-time starter in place

of Brodeur.

New York is coming off its most deflating loss of the season.

The Rangers squandered a four-goal lead and fell to the

Washington Capitals, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday.

The only other time the Rangers had lost at home after leading

4-0 was March 27, 1979.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed three or more goals for the fifth time

in December. He had done so just five times total in the

season's first two months.

The Rangers will try to avoid losing three straight contests for

the first time this season.