Devils Pre-Game 1/31/13

New York Islanders (3-2-1) at New Jersey Devils (3-0-2)

7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 WFAN

Morning Skate

  • The Devils will skate at 10:30 AM.

Storylines

  • With a win tonight New Jersey would have its most points through the season’s first six games since 2008-09 (5-1-0=10).
  • The Devils also hope to extend a four-game winning streak over the Islanders (last loss, 1-0 at New York, Mar. 4, 2012).
  • Adam Henrique is expected to make his season debut tonight, after being re-called from Albany & removed from Injured Reserve this morning.
  • Adam Larsson will also make his first  NHL appearance of the year tonight in place of Mark Fayne.
  • Fayne had been the Devils’ ironman, having appeared in 119 consecutive regular-season games overall. Bryce Salvador and Dainius Zubrus  will assume the title, each having played in 87 straight coming into tonight.
  • Martin Brodeur is expected to make his fifth start of the season tonight. Brodeur’s 1.69 GAA is third in the league (tie, Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis) while his .932 save-percentage is fourth (tie, Tuukka Rask, Boston).
  •  David Clarkson has points in a career-high (tie) five straight games (4g-3a-7pts). Clarkson’s three power play goals are tied for third in the NHL.
  • Patrik Elias, who is tied with Clarkson for the team scoring lead with 2g-5a-7pts, has points in three straight (2g-4a).
  • The Devils have scored on the power play in four consecutive games and are 4/24 (16.7%) on the year.
  • New Jersey’s penalty-killing unit is 23/26 (88.5%) and ranked fourth in the league overall. The Islanders are third, having killed 19/20 (95.0%) power plays they’ve faced.

Recent Transactions

  • Jan. 31: C Adam Henrique was re-called from Albany (AHL) and removed from Injured Reserve. RW Cam Janssen was assigned to Albany after clearing waivers.
  • Jan. 29: RW Matt Anderson was re-called from Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 28: RW Mattias Tedenby was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 19: RW Bobby Butler cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL). RW Mattias Tedenby was recalled from Albany.
  • Jan. 18: Placed RW Bobby Butler on waivers and assigned LW Harri Pesonen, LW Tim Sestito and RW Mattias Tedenby to Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 16: Re-signed C Travis Zajac to a long-term deal.

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