Devils Pre-Game 1/31/14

New Jersey Devils (23-21-11) at Nashville Predators (24-23-8)

8:00 PM ET • Bridgestone Arena • MSG Plus, News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

  • Only a few players will skate this morning.  Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available outside of the Devils’ Locker Room at 5:00 this evening.

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s contest concludes the team’s three-game, Western Conference road trip. The Devils are now 6-10-5=15pts vs. the West this season following last night’s 3-2 OT win at Dallas.
  • Tonight’s game also closes-out New Jersey’s 14th of 22 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are now 5-6-3 in first games and 7-2-4 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey has points in nine of its last 12 games (6-3-3=15pts) and in 16 of its last 22 contests (11-6-5=27pts).
  • New Jersey was 2/3 on the power play last night and is 8/20 (40.0%) with the man-advantage over the last eight games. The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 3/3 last night and is 23/25 (92.0%) over the last eight.
  • Despite losing two straight, New Jersey has points in eight of its last 11 games (5-3-3=13pts) and in 15 of its last 21 contests (10-6-5=25pts).
  • New Jersey has played 30 road games entering today, tied for the most in the NHL (Anaheim, Edmonton, Philadelphia & San Jose). Following tonight’s contest, 16 of the Devils’ 27 remaining games will be played at Prudential Center.
  • Cory Schneider (14 saves) made the start in goal lat night, his eighth in the last 11 games. Schneider is now 6-2-2 with one shutout, a 1.33 goals-against average &  .949 save-percentage in his last 11 appearances.
  • Patrik Elias scored scored the 16th overtime goal of his career 0:40 into the extra session last night. He has passed Sergei Fedorov and Mats Sundin for sole-possession of second place in NHL history behind Jaromir Jagr (18 OTG). Elias also notched an assist and now has 3g-3a-6pts over the last five games. 
  • Travis Zajac also scored a power play goal yesterday, his ninth overall and second with the man-advantage. Zajac added an assist on Elias’ game-winner and now has 2g-4a-6pts in his last five games.
  • Jagr recorded two assists last night and now has 1,037 in his NHL career, just three behind Marcel Dionne (1,040a) for ninth place all-time..
  • Dainius Zubrus scored his tenth goal of the season at 10:59 of the first period last night to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.
  • Marek Zidlicky assisted on Zubrus’ goal, and now has 21 on the season, the most he’s had since 2009-10 (37).
  • Damien Brunner collected the primary assist on Zajac’s goal and now has 2g-2a-4pts in five games since being activated off Injured Reserve.
  • The Devils dressed seven defensemen last night as Jon Merrill returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous four games. Jacob Josefson DND after playing in the last two games.

Devils vs. Predators

  • Tonight’s game between the Devils and Predators is the second/final meeting between the teams this season and the only contest to be played at Bridgestone Arena.
  • New Jersey won the first meeting, 5-0, at Prudential Center on November 10. Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky led the Devils with 1g-1a-2pts each, while Patric Hornqvist led the Predators with four shots on goal. Martin Brodeur (15 saves) recorded his second shutout of the season/123rd of his NHL career and Carter Hutton (18 saves) took the loss for Nashville in his first-ever start vs. the Devils.
  • The Devils lead the all-time series 11-5-2, including a 7-1-1 mark in the nine previous games played in Nashville.
  • Patrik Elias is New Jersey’s all-time leading scorer vs. Nashville with 5g-11a-16pts in 16 games, while David Legwand has 3g-4a-11pts in 14 games vs. the Devils to lead the Predators.
  • Brodeur is now 7-5-1 with one shutout, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .910 save-percentage in 13 games vs. Nashville. Cory Schneider allowed three goals in 20 minutes of action in his only career start against the Predators on Dec. 1, 2011.
  • Devan Dubnyk is 0-0-1 with a 3.81 GAA and .897 save % in one appearance vs. New Jersey.

Milestone Watch

  • Ryane Clowe needs eight points to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique needs seven points to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Jaromir Jagr needs three goals to reach 700 in his NHL career.
  • Travis Zajac needs five assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Peter Harrold (non-displaced foot fracture, 24 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve December 12, retroactive to December 7. He has resumed practicing.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 207

Recent Transactions

  • Jan. 31: Assigned defenseman Eric Gelinas to Albany (AHL). Recalled forward Mike Sislo from Albany.
  • Jan. 25: Assigned forward Joe Whitney to Albany.
  • Jan. 23: Recalled forward Joe Whitney from Albany.
  • Jan. 22: Assigned forward Reid Boucher to Albany.
  • Jan. 21: Forward Cam Janssen cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany. Activated forward Damien Brunner from Injured Reserve.
  • Jan. 20: Placed forward Cam Janssen on waivers.

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