Devils Pre-Game 3/29/13

New Jersey Devils (15-11-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-18-1)

7:30 PM • Tampa Bay Times Forum • MSG Plus, Sports Radio 660 WFAN & 101.9 FM

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Pre-Game Notes

  • This is the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The series is tied at 1-1.
  • The Devils have won eight of their past nine games in Tampa and are playing there for the first time since December 12, 2011 (W, 5-4).
  • Tonight’s game opens the team’s eighth of ten sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 2-4-1 in first games and 3-4-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey has scored two of its league-leading eight shorthanded goals vs. the Lightning this season.
  • The Devils have out shot their opponent in 13 consecutive games (376-290).
  • Monday night vs. Ottawa, the Devils fell to 3-10-5 on the year when allowing the first goal. New Jersey is 12-1-2 when scoring the first goal this season.
  • Also Monday, the Devils fell to 0-4 in the shootout on the road this season and to 2-5 overall.
  • Martin Brodeur (12 saves + 2/4 SO) took the loss in goal but s 7-1-2 in his last 10 decisions.
  • Andrei Loktionov scored his sixth goal of the season Monday and now has 3g-1a-4pts in his last five games. His six goals since making his Devils’ debut on February 18 are a team-best (tie, Adam Henrique & Patrik Elias).
  • Marek Zidlicky recorded his fourth goal of the season Monday night. He leads all Devils’ d’men with 4g-10a-14pts this year.

Recent Transactions

  • Mar. 29: LW Alexei Ponikarovsky was activated from Injured Reserve.
  • Mar. 24: RW Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) was placed on Injured Reserve. Also placed LW Alexei Ponikarovsky (lower body) on Injured Reserve, retroactive to March 19, and re-called LW Harri Pesonen from Albany (AHL).
  • Mar. 22: Acquired forward Matt D’Agostini and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from St. Louis in exchange for New Jersey’s conditional fifth-round choice in the 2015 draft. LW Harri Pesonen was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • Mar. 19: Goaltender Martin Brodeur was activated from Injured Reserve. Goaltender Jeff Frazee was assigned to Albany and LW Tim Sestito was re-called.
  • Mar. 17: LW Stefan Matteau was assigned to Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL).
  • Mar. 13: Signed RW Reid Boucher to an entry-level contract.
  • Mar. 12: Defenseman Henrik Tallinder was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Mar. 7, while LW Harri Pesonen was re-called from Albany.


  • RW Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder, 1 gm missed) was placed on Injured Reserve Mar. 24 and is out 2-4 weeks.
  • Defenseman Henrik Tallinder (lower body, 10 gms missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on Mar. 12, retroactive to Mar. 7.
  • RW Dainius Zubrus (24 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: 57

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