The New York Rangers are a better hockey team than the New Jersey Devils for many reasons. First off, the Rangers have what many consider to be the best goalie in the NHL right now, Henrik Lundqvist. They also have the best defense team in the league. This is supported by their goals against average, which is one of the lowest in the NHL. The Rangers lead the league in hits, which proves they are a very aggressive team, and they are also one of the top teams in blocking shots. All these attributes are related to a great defensive team, and great defense usually wins championships. As a whole unit, the Rangers are a team with passion. The chemistry between the players on the ice allows them to work together to the best of their playing abilities. Each player supports one another, both on and off the ice, and that's what makes a team strong. A good defensive line, passion for the game, and players who reinforce one another all make it obvious as to why the New York Rangers are the first place team in the Eastern Conference, as opposed to the Devils who are currently in sixth.
The Rangers currently are a better team than the New Jersey Devils, record-wise, but overall the New Jersey Devils franchise has proven to be a more elite sports team than the New York Rangers. The Rangers have won four Stanley Cups while the Devils have won three, although, three of those championships were won before 1940. Only seven teams were in the league at that time(excluding the Devils). When the Devils have won all of their Stanley Cups, they had to compete against thirty teams to be named Stanley Cup champions. The devils have what many consider to be the best goalie of all time. Martin Brodeur has been in the league for nineteen years. He has accumulated the most wins, losses, shutouts, and games played in that time period. He is also a ten-time all star. The Rangers are currently better and they have proven to be better against the Devils head to head but a teams accomplishments against a specific team is not nearly as important as the rest of the season. This season, the two teams have squared off against one another four times and they split the games two each. Only time will tell who the better team is this year, and in future seasons.
Although you make very good points regarding Martin Brodeur's career successes, he hasn't performed very well against the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist continues to prove that he can consistently beat Brodeur, having a record of 21-5-5 in his career against Brodeur. Also, you mentioned that Brodeur is what many consider to be the best goalie of all time. This may be true, but Henrik is still early in his career, and he is already at the top of his game. The rangers have a young team and a bright future. This season, the Rangers were chosen to participate in the Winter Classic, going head to head against the Philadelphia Flyers. Even though the Winter Classic only started in 2008, the Devils have not been chosen to play in such an honorable event. Because the Rangers were playing in the Winter Classic, they were broadcasted on an HBO series called Rangers-Flyers 24/7 in the upcoming weeks to the game. This show allowed us to see the chemistry on and off the ice regarding both teams. Rangers fans were able to see how the team was brought together under John Tortorella. Being the coach of the best hockey team in the Eastern Conference so far this season, Tortorella has proven he can motivate these young guys to playing at their highest potential. He's not only their coach, but also their friend. In having this ability, he shows passion not only for the game, but for the players themselves, both on and off the ice. Some people even speculate that John Tortorella will win coach of the year.