New Jersey Devils (20-18-11) at Phoenix Coyotes (22-16-9)
8:00 PM ET • Jobing.com Arena • MSG, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM (MT) morning skate at Jobing.com Arena.
New Jersey has points in a season-high six straight games (3-0-3) and in 13 of its last 16 (8-3-5=21pts).
With a 2-1 SO loss in Colorado on Thursday, New Jersey fell to 0-8 in the shootout this season and has set a new NHL record with 12 straight losses dating back to March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia. The Detroit Red Wings had 11 consecutive SO losses from March 3-December 12, 2013. The Devils were 0/2 Thursday and are 1/25 in overall shootout attempts this season.
The Devils have played 27 road games entering tonight, which is the most in the Eastern Conference (tie, Philadelphia).
New Jersey’s penalty-kill was 3/3 Thursday night at Colorado and remains among the league’s best. The Devils are 136/157 (86.6%) on the PK this season, which ranks second in the NHL (Pittsburgh, 128/146, 87.7%). New Jersey’s 7.8 PIM per game is the fewest in the NHL.
Cory Schneider made a season-high 37 saves (previously 34, November 21 at Los Angeles) but took the loss in goal on Thursday to fall to 7-9-11 on the season. The Devils have scored one-goal-or-less in 11 of Schneider’s 23 starts this season (2-7-2).
Martin Brodeur 29 saves and improved to 13-9-4 on the season with a win in his last start on Tuesday at Montreal.
Jaromir Jagr scored the 695th goal of his NHL career on Tuesday at Montreal to pass Mark Messier for seventh place all-time. He added an assist for his tenth multiple-point game of the season.
Jagr now has 1,031 assists and is just two behind Mario Lemieux for tenth-place all-time.
Reid Boucher scored New Jersey’s only goal on Thursday, his second of the season and first since December 18 vs. Ottawa.
Jon Merrill assisted on Boucher’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (0g-2a-2pts) for the first time in his NHL career.
Andrei Loktionov had the primary assist on Boucher’s tally, his first point since January 3 vs. Chicago.
Patrik Elias, who was activated from Injured Reserve earlier in the day, returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous seven games (total body soreness).
Anton Volchenkov (ill) did not play on Thursday.
Devils vs. Coyotes
Tonight’s game between the Devils and Coyotes is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season, and the only contest to be played at Jobing.com Arena.
The teams are facing-off for the first time since October 27, 2011, a 5-3 loss in Glendale.
The Devils trail the all-time series vs. the Coyotes/Jets 19-30-7, and are 6-19-3 in the previous 28 games played in Phoenix/Winnipeg. New Jersey has lost in its last three road games in the series (last win, 3-0, February 12, 2003).
Patrik Elias is second (J. MacLean, 13g-7a-20pts) in Devils’ history with 6g-9a-15pts in 19 games vs. Phoenix/Winnipeg.
Jaromir Jagr leads New Jersey’s active skaters with 14g-19a-33pts in 31 career games vs. the Coyotes/Jets, while Mike Ribeiro and Antoine Vermette lead Phoenix with 5g-8a-13pts in their career vs. the Devils.
Martin Brodeur is 12-8-0 with 4 shutouts, a 2.19 goals-against average & .915 save-percentage in 20 career games vs. Phoenix/Winnipeg, while Cory Schneider is 3-1-1 with 2 ShO, a 0.99 GAA and .962 save % in five games. Schneider was 2-1-0 with 1 ShO, a 1.34 GAA & .946 save-percentage vs. the Coyotes last season.
Mike Smith is 2-0-2 with a 2.64 GAA & .922 save % in four games vs. New Jersey, while Thomas Greiss stopped 17/20 shots but took the loss in his only career start vs. the Devils on February 20, 2008 at Prudential Center.
Stephen Gionta needs three games to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Adam Henrique needs nine points to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Jaromir Jagr needs five goals to reach 700 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac needs four points to reach 300 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac needs nine assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
Anton Volchenkov (ill, one game missed) is day-to-day.
Damien Brunner (lower body, 13 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on December 27, retroactive to December 20.
Peter Harrold (non-displaced foot fracture, 18 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve December 12, retroactive to December 7. He has resumed skating
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 200
Jan. 16: Assigned forward Mike Sislo to Albany (AHL). Activated forwards Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson from I.R.
Jan. 9: Activated defenseman Adam Larsson from I.R. and assigned him to Albany.
Jan. 8: Placed forward Jacob Josefson on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 4. Claimed defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers from Washington and assigned him to Albany.
Jan. 6: Placed forward Patrik Elias on Injured Resereve, retroactive to December 31, and recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany.