Devils Pre-Game 4/27/13

New Jersey Devils (19-18-10) at New York Rangers (25-18-4)

3:00 PM • Madison Square Garden • WNBC-TV, Bloomberg 1130 AM.

Pre-Game Availability

  • Head Coach Pete DeBoer will be available outside the Devils’ Locker Room at 12:45 at Madison Square Garden. Player availability to follow after.

Pre-Game Notes

  • The Devils enter tonight’s game 15-11-3 in their previous 29 season-closing games. The team is 7-0-1 in its past seven season-closers, and has not lost since April 4, 2004 vs. Boston (3-1). New Jersey is closing a season on the road for the first time since April 18, 2006 at Montreal (4-3 win).
  • New Jersey closed-out the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule Thursday with a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. The Devils are now 19-8-3 in their previous 30 home finales. New Jersey is 7-0-1 in its last seven home-closers (last loss, April 4, 2004 vs. Boston, 3-1).
  • The Devils finished with a 13-9-2=28pts mark at Prudential Center.
  • New Jersey finished with a season-high (tie) three consecutive home victories.
  • Thursday vs. Pittsburgh, the Devils improved to 5-17-6 on the year when allowing the first goal. New Jersey is 14-1-4 when scoring first this season.
  • The Devils out shot the Penguins, 32-18, and have now out shot their opponent in 26 of the past 28 games, including a 240-139 advantage over the past eight games.
  • Johan Hedberg (16 saves) earned the win Thursday in his first start since March 19 vs. the New York Rangers. He is expected to start this afternoon, as well.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winning goal and added an assist  Thursday and now has points in three straight games (1g-3a-4pts). He is one assist shy of the 400-mark in his NHL career.
  • David Clarkson scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season Thursday. It was his sixth on the power play, which also leads New Jersey.
  • Patrik Elias had two assists and leads the team with 22a/34pts on the year. It was his ninth multi-point game of the season.
  • Travis Zajac scored his seventh goal of the season Thursday and has points in four of the past five games (1g-4a-pts).
  • Steve Sullivan assisted on the game-winning goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-2a-3pts).
  • Anton Volchenkov picked up an assist Thursday and needs just one more to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Eric Gelinas, who was re-called from Albany on April  23, made his NHL debut Thursday vs. Pittsburgh.

Recent Transactions

  • Apr. 23: Re-called defenseman Eric Gelinas and forwards Harri Pesonen and Mike Sislo from Albany (AHL).
  • Apr. 20: Activated RW Ilya Kovalchuk off Injured Reserve.
  • Apr. 17: Re-called defenseman Alexander Urbom from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions.
  • Apr. 16: Returned G Keith Kinkaid to Albany; emergency conditions terminated.
  • Apr. 10: Re-called G Keith Kinkaid from Albany under emergency conditions.
  • Apr. 5: Re-called C Jacob Josefson from Albany.
  • Apr. 3: Acquired forward Steve Sullivan from Phoenix in exchange for New Jersey’s seventh-round choice in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Apr. 1: RW Dainius Zubrus was activated from Injured Reserve.
  • Mar. 31: LW Tim Sestito was assigned to Albany.
  • Mar. 30: Defenseman Henrik Tallinder was activated from Injured Reserve and LW Harri Pesonen was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • 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).

Injuries

  • Defenseman Mark Fayne (lower body, 2 gms missed) is out.
  • Defenseman Bryce Salvador (wrist, 6 gms missed) is out.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 81

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