Devils Pre-Game 2/15/13

Philadelphia Flyers (6-7-1) at New Jersey Devils (8-2-3)

7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, 660 WFAN & 101.9 FM

Morning Availability

  • New Jersey will skate at 10:30 AM.

Pre-Game Notes

  • New Jersey is looking to bounce back after having its five-game winning streak snapped vs. Carolina on Tuesday.
  • Combined with their six-game winning streak to close out the 2011-12 schedule, the Devils are 14-2-3 in their last 19 regular season contests.
  • LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, who was re-acquired in a trade from Winnipeg on Wednesday, also made his Devils debut vs. Philadelphia last season. Ponikarovsky was traded to New Jersey from Carolina on January 20, scored the Devils’ only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers the following day. He will become the 23rd player to be re-acquired and play for New Jersey.
  • Ponikarovsky’s only goal of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs came was the overtime game winner in game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk has points in four consecutive games (3g-3a-6pts).
  • Kovalchuk had 1g-1a in the first meeting between the teams on January 22 after posting 4g-11a-15pts in 10 combined regular/post-season games vs. Philadelphia last year.
  • Kovalchuk is also just four points away from reaching the 800 mark in his NHL career.
  • Patrik Elias is tied for fifth in the NHL with 12 assists and has 1g-7a-8pts in his last five games.
  • Marek Zidlicky has points in back-to-back games (2a).
  • Bobby Butler could appear in his 100th career NHL game tonight.
  • New Jersey is 8/26 (30.8 %) on the power play over the past six games.

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 14: Assigned C Andrei Loktionov to Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 13: Acquired LW Alexei Ponikarovsky from Winnipeg for a seventh-round choice in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft & a fourth-round choice in the 2014 draft. Placed RW Dainius Zubrus on Injured Reserve and re-called C Andrei Loktionov from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 6: Acquired C Andrei Loktionov from Los Angeles for New Jersey’s fifth round choice in 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Feb. 2: Re-called RW Bobby Butler from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 1: RW Matt Anderson was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 31: C Adam Henrique was activated. 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.

Injuries

  • RW Dainius Zubrus (4 gms missed) underwent successful surgery on his left wrist yesterday and is out 4-6 weeks.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 6

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