For the first time in almost two decades, the New York Rangers will face off Monday night against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference championship series at MSG. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.
It's hockey's version of a subway series and fans know one thing for sure: The Garden will be loud Monday night.
"Should be great series. Two great goalies. Should be really good," said one hockey fan.
"Let's go Rangers! It is going to be so exciting. New York versus New Jersey. We are really pumped up and looking forward to it. Especially my 4-year-old son," said one Rangers fan.
"Rangers are looking good. Tough seven game series our last go around. I think they can take it in six and seven. Especially opening up at home in MSG," said another Rangers fan.
The Rangers go into the matchup with just a day's rest after finishing off the Capitals in Game 7 with a 2-1 win.
The Devils have been off since Wednesday after winning their series against Philadelphia in five games.
The last time the Devils and Rangers met in the Eastern Conference finals was 1994, 18 years ago.
The series went the full seven and ended with a Rangers win in double overtime.
The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, breaking a 54-year-old curse.
"I remember those games against the Devils. Seven games with Mark Messier, yea. It was great, classic. Should be great series," said one Rangers fan.
"They need to out goaltend them again. Hopefully Brodeur doesn't have flashbacks of his glory years," said another fan.
"I hate the Rangers with major passion. My brother is a Rangers fan, the guy I work with is a Rangers fan and I have to put up with it and I dread them winning the cup so I am definitely rooting for the Devils," said one New Yorker.
Like the Rangers-Islanders rivalry the Rangers-Devils rivalry also runs deep. During the regular season fights broke out shortly after the opening faceoff and the two coaches had their share of words. However, Rangers fans think it is the Blueshirts' time.
"I think it will go a full seven games," noted one Rangers fan. "The Devils are playing some great defense right now. But Rangers have heart and it is gotten them this far. We are looking forward to some good games."
The puck drops at 8 p.m.