New York Islanders (3-2-1) at New Jersey Devils (3-0-2)
7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 WFAN
The Devils will skate at 10:30 AM.
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.
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.