Buffalo Sabres (6-20-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-11-5)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus, News Radio 880 WCBS
New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available to the media at 4:45 PM, in the media hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room. Select player availability to follow.
Buffalo will not have a morning skate. Interim Head Coach Ted Nolan will be available around 5:00 PM.
New Jersey snapped its three-game losing streak last night in Carolina. The Devils are now 10-7-2=22pts in their last 19 games after going winless in the their first seven (0-4-3=3pts).
The Devils out shot the Hurricanes 31-18 last night, including a 11-5 margin in the third period.
The Devils were 3/3 on the penalty-kill yesterday, and are 13/13 over the past five games. New Jersey owns the league’s best penalty-killing record at home (29/31, 93.6%) and is second overall (75/86. 87.2%) behind Vancouver (80/89, 89.9%).
New Jersey scored a season-high four goals in the third period last night in Carolina; the club hadn’t scored more than 2 goals in any period this season. The club’s five goals overall also tied a season high (November 10 vs. Nashville).
Cory Schneider made 17 saves last night and has won his last two starts. He’s 2-1-1 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .950 save-percentage in his last four starts since November 8. Schneider is fourth in the NHL with a 1.89 GAA this season.
Jaromir Jagr scored the 692nd goal of his NHL career last night to tie Steve Yzerman for eighth place in NHL history. He’s now just two goals behind Mark Messier (694) for seventh place all-time.
Jagr also added two assists and now has 692g-1018a-1710pts in his NHL career. He trails his former teammate Mario Lemieux by just 13pts for seventh-place on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Adam Henrique scored the game-winning goal last night (PP), his second of the season. He now has six goals overall, which is second on the club behind Jagr (11).
Andrei Loktionov scored last night in Carolina, his second goal of the season and first since October 19 vs. the New York Rangers.
Mark Fayne scored his first goal of the season yesterday. It was his first goal since April 7, 2013 at Buffalo.
Dainius Zubrus posted 1g-1a-2pts last night and now has 2g-7a-9pts in his last ten games.
Andy Greene recorded 1a yesterday and has points in four straight games (1g-4a-5pts). He has 2g-7a-9pts in his last 11 games & 3g-9a-12pts on the season, which is second among the club’s defensemen behind Marek Zidlicky (3g-10a-13pts).
Eric Gelinas recorded a power play assist last night and has points in back-to-back games (2a). He leads the team with 1g-7a-8pts on the power play.
Jon Merrill picked up the first point of his NHL career last night with an assist on Zubrus’ goal.
Damien Brunner assisted on Loktionov’s goal yesterday, his first point since October 26 at Boston.
Travis Zajac and Zubrus were both +3 last night.
Anton Volchenkov, who was activated from Injured Reserve earlier in the, returned to the lineup last night after missing the previous seven games (lower body).
Devils vs. Sabres
Tonight’s game between the Devils and Sabres is the first of three meetings between the clubs this season, and the only contest to be played at Prudential Center.
Buffalo won the 2012-13 series 2-0-1, with all three games ending in the shootout. The Sabres out-scored the Devils 9-8 despite being out-shot 103-74. Adam Henrique (2g), Steve Bernier (1g-1a) and Mark Fayne (1g-1a) each had two points for New Jersey, while Cody Hodgson (3a) and Steve Ott (1g-2a) had three points apiece to lead Buffalo. Martin Brodeur (24 saves + 1/2 SO) took the loss in his only start on Apr. 7 at First Niagara Center, while Jhonas Enroth (0-0-0, 2.03 GAA & .931 save %) and Ryan Miller (2-0-1, 2.21 GAA & .932 save %) split the goaltending duties for the Sabres.
The Devils lead the all-time series vs. the Sabres 49-40-19, including a 26-20-8 mark in the previous 54 games played in New Jersey.
Jaromir Jagr leads all New Jersey skaters in career scoring vs. the Sabres with 42g-56a-98pts in 77 games, while Matt Moulson has 6g-5a-11pts in 24 games vs. the Devils to lead Buffalo.
Patrik Elias is the franchise’s leading scorer vs. Buffalo with 10g-28a-38pts in 54 games.
Brodeur is 33-16-9 with 3 shutouts, a 2.11 goals-against average and .915 save-percentage in 62 career games, while Cory Schneider is 0-1-1 with a 2.50 GAA & .911 save % in two career starts vs. Buffalo.
Enroth is 1-1-0 with a 3.79 GAA and a .862 save % in 3 games, while Miller is 11-11-5 with 2 ShO, a 2.20 GAA & .926 save % in 27 career appearances vs. New Jersey.
Steve Bernier needs two assists to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac needs five games for 500 in his NHL career.
Stephen Gionta (ankle, 3 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve November 27, retroactive to November 23.
Adam Larsson (lower body, 3 games missed) is day-to-day.
Bryce Salvador (non-displaced stress fracture in foot, 17 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve October 28, retroactive to October 22, and is out tonight. He has begun skating on his own.
Ryane Clowe (20 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on October 16, retroactive to October 13, and is out tonight. He has begun skating on his own.
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 84
Nov. 29: Activated defenseman Anton Volchenkov from Injured Reserve.
Nov. 27: Placed forward Stephen Gionta on Injured Reserve, retroactive to November 23. Recalled/assigned defenseman Seth Helgeson from/to Albany (AHL).
Nov. 25: Recalled defenseman Jon Merrill from Albany under emergency conditions.
Nov. 18: Placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Injured Reserve, retroactive to November 12. Assigned defenseman Jon Merrill to Albany (AHL).