Devils Pre-Game 1/18/14

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM (MT) morning skate at Jobing.com Arena.

Game Notes

  • 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.

Milestone Watch.

  • 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.

Injuries

  • 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

Recent Transactions

  • 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.

Game Resources

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