Rangers extend Devils' losing streak
Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 43 saves and the New York Rangers beat New Jersey, 3-1, on Wednesday night in Newark, N.J., handing the struggling Devils their sixth straight loss and leaving them winless since Jacques Lemaire took over as coach last week.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored the winner on a second-period shot that deflected off Devils defenseman Andy Greene.
Elsewhere: Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak was snapped by the host New York Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins' high-powered offense in a 2-1 shoot-out victory.
Shoulder injury shelves Toews
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews will be out two weeks with a shoulder injury. Toews was injured Tuesday night in a loss at St. Louis. He was checked hard into the boards by Matt D'Agostini in the first period and got up holding his right shoulder.
Toews is Chicago's second-leading scorer with 33 points, including 15 goals. Chicago has struggled with injuries this season and only recently welcomed back Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane.
Will the weather cooperate?
There isn't much winter in the Winter Classic forecast. Air Science Consultants, a suburban Pittsburgh firm that is advising the NHL, predicts a high of 54 degrees with showers Saturday for the Capitals-Penguins outdoor game at Heinz Field.
The league said the ice can be kept stable, but any rain poses a risk to the players that might require a delay. The NHL is prepared to start the scheduled
1 p.m. game as late as 8 p.m. if it rains, or shift the game to Sunday.
The forecast for Friday's team practices is partly sunny with a high of 58.
- Associated Press