Three Stars: 1. Cam Atkinson 2. Brandon Dubinsky3. Matt Calvert
New Jersey is now 7-9-3 on the road this season, including 6-3-1 in its last ten. Tonight’s contest was the second of a three-game, Metropolitan Division road trip. It was the Devils’ 19th game away from Prudential Center, which is the most among Eastern Conference clubs and second overall behind Anaheim (20).
The Devils are now 6-5-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season.
New Jersey was 1/1 on the penalty-kill tonight, and is 27/30 over the past ten games (90.0%).
New Jersey’s five goals allowed tied a season-high (October 7 at Edmonton & October 17 at Ottawa).
Martin Brodeur (18) made his second straight start in goal and fell to 8-8-2 on the season.
Damien Brunner scored twice, his first goals since October 26 at Boston.
Travis Zajac scored for the second time in as many games and now has six goals on the season. It came just 32 seconds into the contest, the club’s fastest goal to start a game this season (prev, Zajac, 0:54 at Ottawa on October 17).
Michael Ryder netted his ninth of the season and now has goals in two straight and in four of the past five games.
Patrik Elias collected a pair of assists and now has points in a season-high four straight games (1g-4a-5pts). He had points in three straight November 23-27 (2g-2a-4pts) & October 24-29 (1g-2a-3pts).
Jaromir Jagr assisted on Zajac’s marker and now has 692g-1021a-1713pts in his NHL career. He trails his former teammate Mario Lemieux by just 10pts for seventh-place on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Andy Greene recorded an assist and now leads all Devils’ defensemen with 4ga-11a-15pts.
Reid Boucher also assisted on Zajac’s goal and now has 2a in four games since being recalled from Albany (AHL).
Steve Bernier’s assist on Ryder’s goal was the 99th helper of his NHL career.
Dainius Zubrus picked up an assist and now has points in back-to-back games (2a).
Marek Zidlicky returned to the lineup after missing one game with an upper body injury.