Devils Pre-Game 2/24/13

Winnipeg Jets (7-8-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-4-4)

5:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, Bloomberg 1130 AM

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available to the media at 2:45 PM in the media hallway outside the Devils’ locker room. Player availability will follow through 3:30 PM.
  • Winnipeg Head Coach Claude Noel will be available at 2:45 to 3:00pm today; players available until 3:15 PM.

Pre-Game Notes

  • New Jersey has won the last five meetings between at home vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta (last loss, 4-2, October 16, 2009).
  • The Devils have won 7 of their last 11 games overall (7-3-1) and are 16-4-4 in their last 24 regular season contests dating back to 2011-12.
  • New Jersey hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation since March 17-19, 2012.
  • Tonight’s game closes the team’s fourth of ten sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 2-2-0 in first games and 2-1-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Tonight’s game also opens a home-and-home set vs. the Jets (Thursday at MTS Centre, 8:00 PM).
  • Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Devils’ lone goal yesterday and has points in seven of his last eight games (5g-7a-12pts).
  • Kovalchuk has 6g-2a-8pts in 8 games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta since being traded from the Thrashers to the Devils on February 4, 2010.
  • Andrei Loktionov has points in back-to-back games 1g-1a-2pts.
  • Henrik Tallinder could appear in his 600th career NHL game tonight.

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 24: Placed LW Ryan Carter on Injured Reserve, retroactive to February 18. Re-called C Jacob Josefson from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 17: Assigned C Jacob Josefson to Albany (AHL). Re-called  C Andrei Loktionov from Albany.
  • 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).

Injuries

  • LW Ryan Carter (upper body, 2 gms missed) was placed on Injured Reserve today, retroactive to February 18.
  • RW Dainius Zubrus (9 gms missed) underwent successful surgery on his left wrist on Feb. 14 and is out 4-6 weeks.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 13

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