Devils loathe the Rangers, their neighbors across the Hudson River
IN NEW JERSEY, they’re the ‘Rags,’ not the Rangers. Newark and Manhattan may be connected by public transit, but there is very little good will when it comes to the two franchises.
The Devils had reason to be mad at the Rangers as soon as New Jersey relocated from Colorado for the 1982-83 season. New York was one of several teams that earned a territorial fee from the Devils and New Jersey execs were particularly galled when their deeppocketed rivals grabbed Bobby Carpenter from Washington a few years later – with money New Jersey saw as coming from them originally.
On the ice, the Devils have out-Cupped New York threeto-one during their shared
existence, but 1994 and Stephane Matteau’s goal is still a painful reminder, even though his son is now Devils property. And of course there were Sean Avery’s infamous taunts of the beloved Martin Brodeur, from waving his hands and stick in front of the goalie’s face (inspiring a new rule), to calling him ‘fatso’ in the press.
The two teams meet Oct. 21, Dec. 27, April 4 and April 7.