Los Angeles Kings (12-6-1) at New Jersey Devils (6-7-5)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
New Jersey will have an optional skate this morning. Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room just after 10:30.
New Jersey has points in a season-high four consecutive games (3-0-1) and in seven of its last nine contests (5-2-2).
New Jersey’s penalty-kill unit is 11/11 over the past two games and is 19/20 over the last four. The Devils have allowed just one power play goal at Prudential Center this season and are ranked #1 in the NHL at home (20/21, 95.2%) and third (53/61, 86.9%) overall.
Tonight, the Devils will open their fifth of 22 sets of back-to-back games (tomorrow vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN). The team is playing at home on consecutive dates for the first time since a 4-2 win over Philadelphia, followed by a 3-1 loss to Montreal on April 1-2, 2011. New Jersey is 1-2-1 in first games and 0-1-3 in second games of back-to-backs this season.
This weekend marks the 33rd time in franchise history that the Devils have played home games on consecutive days. New Jersey is 19-12-1 in first games and 22-9-1 in second games all-time when playing a back-to-back set at home.
Cory Schneider is expected to make the start in goal tonight. He made 27 saves and stopped 2/3 shots he faced in the shootout in his last start, a 2-1 loss at Toronto on November 8.
Ryan Carter scored a pair of goals on Tuesday, his first of the season, for his third career multiple-goal game/first with the Devils. Carter now has 2g-2a-4pts in the past four games.
Dainius Zubrus scored the game-winning goal with just 2:55 remaining in the contest on Tuesday. It was Zubrus’ first game-winner since February 5, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh. He now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a).
Jaromir Jagr recorded an assist on Zubrus’ tally for the 1,702nd point of his NHL career (686g-1,1016a). Jagr now trails Mario Lemieux by just 21pts (690g-1,033a-1,723pts) for seventh place all-time.
Jagr scored the game-winning goal on Sunday vs. Nashville, the 120th of his career, and is now just one behind Gordie Howe (121) for the NHL record.
Travis Zajac was credited with the primary assist on Zubrus’ game-winner vs. New York and has points in two straight games (1g-1a-2pts) for the first time this season.
Andy Greene assisted on Carter’s first goal on Tuesday and extended his point-scoring streak to three games (3a).
Peter Harrold picked up an assist on Carter’s second goal Tuesday night and now has points in back-to-back games (2a) after going scoreless in his first 11 appearances.
Patrik Elias was activated from Injured Reserve today and is a gametime decision. Stephen Gionta, who’s missed the last two games with a sore foot, is also a gametime decision.
Anton Volchenkov who left Tuesday’s game in the first period (lower body) is out tonight.
Devils vs. Kings
Tonight’s game between the Devils and the Kings marks the first of two meetings between the teams this season, and the only contest to be played at Prudential Center. New Jersey is facing Los Angeles for the first time since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. It’s their first regular season meeting since October 25, 2011 at Los Angeles (W, 3-0) and the first at Prudential Center since October 13, 2011 (Ws, 2-1).
The Devils lead the all-time series vs. the Kings 27-26-4, including a 17-11-1 mark in the previous 29 games played in New Jersey.
Jaromir Jagr leads all New Jersey skaters in career scoring vs. the Kings with 12g-17a-29pts in 28 games, while Mike Richards has 7g-23a-30pts in 42 games vs. the Devils to lead Los Angeles.
Martin Brodeur is 8-6-1 with 1 ShO, a 2.13 goals-against average and .918 save-percentage in 16 career games vs. the Kings. Cory Schneider is 2-0-0 with 1 ShO a 1.00 GAA & .960 save % in two career starts (both last season) vs. Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick is 3-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .937 save-percentage in 5 career games vs. New Jersey.
Steve Bernier needs three assists to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Jacob Josefson needs three games played to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Michael Ryder needs five games played to reach 700 in his NHL career
Anton Volchenkov (lower body) is out tonight.
Stephen Gionta (sore foot, 2 gms missed) is a gametime decision.
Jon Merrill (lacerations, 4 gms missed) was placed on Injured Reserve November 10, retroactive to November 3.
Patrik Elias (upper body soreness, 6 gms missed) was activated from Injured Reserve today and is a gametime decision.
Bryce Salvador (non-displaced stress fracture in foot, 9 gms missed) was placed on Injured Reserve October 28, retroactive to October 22, and is out tonight.
Ryane Clowe (12 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on October 16, retroactive to October 13, and is out tonight.
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 53
Nov. 12: Activated forward Patrik Elias from Injured Reserved.
Nov. 10: Placed defenseman Jon Merrill on Injured Reserve, retroactive to November 3.
Nov. 7: Placed forward Patrik Elias on Injured Reserve, retroactive to October 30, and activated defenseman Peter Harrold from I.R.
Nov. 6: Recalled forward Cam Janssen from Albany (AHL).