MILLTOWN, NJ - For ice hockey fans, the rivalry between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers is one that runs deep. It dates back to when the Devils moved into what used to be mostly Ranger territory in the Garden State.
In 1982, the former Colorado Rockies moved east to become the New Jersey Devils, relocating into the Brendan Byrne Arena, which came to be known as the Continental Airlines Arena. For their first 25 seasons, the Devils called the Meadowlands home, winning three Stanley Cups. However, early on before building their fan base, whenever the Rangers came to town, there was more Ranger blue than Devil red in the stands.
The Devils won the NHL's most coveted prize in 1995, 2000 and 2003 while the Rangers hoisted the cup in 1928, 1933, 1940 and 1994. Both teams have come head to head in the playoffs on a number of occasions. Regular season games are an example of what hockey rivalries are made of.
The Milltown Recreation Department is hosting a bus trip to the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday, February 2 for one of hockey's best faceoffs-a Devils/Rangers game.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center, however, the bus leaves the Milltown Borough Hall at 5 p.m. The cost of the trip is $100 per person and includes transportation, a seat at center ice in the 200 level, a group welcome on the Center Ice Rock vision screen during the game, an authentic Devils cap as well as the opportunity to go on to the ice at the end of the game for a group photograph on the Devils logo.
The deadline to order tickets is January 12. Interested residents can visit the Milltown boro website to download the order form, contact Rosie Schultz at 732-828-2100, extension 141 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to order tickets.
Last season, the Devils weren't able to win a regular season game against the Blueshirts. This season, they drew first blood, winning 2-1 in overtime on October 18. In the regular season, the two teams have met 232 times over the years. The edge in the series goes to the Rangers. The Devils have won 95 games against the Blueshirts and lost 102 times. There have been 27 ties between the two teams as well as 8 overtime or shootout loses for the Devils to their Hudson River rivals.