Devils Pre-Game 2/28/13

Winnipeg Jets (9-8-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-5-4)

8:00 PM • MTS Centre • MSG Plus 2, WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at MTS Centre.

Pre-Game Notes

  • Tonight’s game opens a three-game road trip.
  • Despite Sunday’s loss, the Devils have won 7 of their last 12 games overall (7-4-1) and are 16-5-4 in their last 25 regular season contests dating back to 2011-12.
  • Combined with Saturday’s loss at Washington, the Devils lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since March 17-19, 2012.
  • Winnipeg native Travis Zajac will play in his hometown for the first time tonight. He missed both games last season recovering from a left Achilles tendon injury. He scored his fourth goal of the year in Sunday’s game vs. the Jets.
  • Alexei Ponikarovsky will play his first game in Winnipeg against his former teammates. He was re-acquired by New Jersey from Winnipeg in a trade on February 13. Ponikarovsky has points in back-to-back games (2a).
  • Bryce Salvador is a native of Brandon, Manitoba and will play in his home province for the first time as Captain of the Devils.
  • Johan Hedberg, who played for the Manitoba franchise in both the IHL & the AHL, is expected to get the start in goal tonight.
  • Keith Kinkaid, who was re-called from Albany on Tuesday, will be the backup goaltender. He served as Hedberg’s backup for six games last season (Oct. 15-29).
  • Ilya Kovalchuk has 6g-2a-8pts in 9 games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta since being traded from the Thrashers to the Devils on February 4, 2010.
  • Steve Bernier scored his fifth goal of the year Sunday vs. Winnipeg, after scoring just one goal in 32 games with New Jersey last season.
  • Andrei Loktionov has points in a career-high three straight games (1g-2a-3pts).
  • Henrik Tallinder could appear in his 600th career NHL game tonight.

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 27: LW Tim Sestito was re-called from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 26: Goaltender Martin Brodeur was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 24. Also, goaltender Keith Kinkaid was re-called from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 25: C Jacob Josefson was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 24: Placed LW Ryan Carter on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 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).


  • Goaltender Martin Brodeur (soreness) was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 26, retroactive to Feb. 24.
  • LW Ryan Carter (upper body, 3 gms missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 24, retroactive to February 18.
  • RW Dainius Zubrus (10 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: 15

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