After being shut out for the second game in a row tonight, the Devils don't have much time to regroup and work on their scoring touch.
They play the Rangers Saturday night at Madison Square Garden and don't want to see this scoring slump turn into something even bigger.
"It's a huge game, especially considering the way the last two games have gone," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said.
The Devils have gone seven full periods, plus a five-minute overtime, without scoring. Their last goal came 8:36 into the second period of Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia. In all, their scoring drought is 156 minutes and 24 seconds.
"You have to keep going at it," said goaltender Scott Clemmesnen, who lost despite allowing only one goal for the second game in a row. "You don't get down on yourself. If there's a team we can break through on, it's them, hopefully. It's always a big game when we play them no matter what the circumstances. Last time was a wild one. We'll take that again, if it means a win."
The Devils defeated the Rangers, 8-5, in their last meeting on Dec. 12 at Prudential Center. The eight goals matched the most the Devils have ever scored against the Rangers and also equaled the most Henrik Lundqvist has ever allowed in a game.
The Rangers have not played since blowing a 4-0 lead in a 5-4 overtime loss to Washington on Tuesday.
"I think it's a big thing," right wing David Clarkson said of facing the Rangers on Saturday. "You play against a team that's just across the river there and we'd love to go out and just play the same way we're playing, but bear down a little bit more. The last time we played them, we won and we have to continue on like that."
Clemmensen was disappointed that he didn't get enough of Ruslan Fedotenko's shot to keep it out of the net. The puck squeezed through a small hole between Clemmensen's left arm and his body before trickling over the goal line for the only goal in tonight's game.
"It just squeezed through me," Clemmensen said. "I felt it. I knew I got a piece of it. I wasn't sure if I had all of it, so I looked back and I looked back just in time to see it trickle over the goal line. It's the second game in a row where we lost with one goal (against) each game and both shots were just trickled in kind of through me a little bit. Those are annoying to give up, especially if they end up being the game winner."