Devils Pre-Game 3/1/14

New Jersey Devils (25-22-13) at New York Islanders (23-30-8)

1:00 PM ET • Nassau Coliseum • MSG Plus 2, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available to the media outside of the Devils’ Locker Room at 10:50 AM Select player availability to follow.

Game Notes

  • New Jersey is  11-8-3=25pts vs. Metropolitan Division opponents this season following a 5-2 win over Columbus at Prudential Center on Thursday.
  • Tonight’s game opens New Jersey’s 16th of 22 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 6-6-3 in first games and 7-4-4 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • With Thursday’s win, New Jersey has points in 13 of its last 17 games (8-4-5=21pts) and in 20 of its last 27 contests (13-7-7=33pts). The Devils are 6-0-2=14pts in their last eight games at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils’ top-ranked penalty-kill unit was 3/3 Thursday and is 39/42 (92.9%) over the last 12 games. New Jersey is 169/193 (87.6%) on the PK this season, which is tops in the NHL (2nd, Pittsburgh, 156/181, 86.2%). At home, the Devils are 84/91 (92.3%) which also leads the league (2nd, Pittsburgh, 72/80, 90.0%). New Jersey’s 8.0 PIM per game is the fewest in the NHL (2nd, Carolina &  Chicago, 8.2).
  • New Jersey was 2/3 on the power play Thursday, snapping an 0/12 stretch over the previous four games. The Devils are 6-0-0 when recording more than one power play goal.
  • The Devils are allowing just 25.3 shots per-game, which is the fewest in the NHL. New Jersey has allowed a league-low 53 goals-against at home and its 2.33 goals-against per-game overall ranks fourth.
  • Martin Brodeur is expected to make the start this afternoon. Brodeur will be making his first appearance since January 26 vs. the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium (L, 40:00, 6 GA, 21 saves).
  • Cory Schneider (17 saves) made his seventh straight start in goal Thursday and improved to 12-11-9 this season. Schneider is now 8-3-4 with one ShO, a 1.47 GAA &  .942 save-percentage in his last 16 appearances. He’s held opponents to two-goals-or-less in 14 of his last 15 starts. 
  • Adam Henrique posted his third career two-goal game on Thursday. He netted his eighth career shorthanded goal/second of 2013-14; Henrique’s 8 SHG since the start of the 2011-12 season are tops in the NHL (2nd, Cal Clutterbuck, Ilya Kovalchuk & Brad Marchand, 7 each). He also notched his team-leading sixth power play goal. He has a career-high (tie, 2011-2) 16 goals overall this season, which ties Michael Ryder for second on the team. Henrique needs just four points to reach 100 in his NHL career (43g-53a-96pts).
  • Jaromir Jagr scored the 699th goal (PP) of his NHL career on Thursday. He’s looking to become just the seventh player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal mark and is now just nine goals behind Mike Gartner (708) for sixth-place all-time. Jagr had an assist on February 7 vs. Edmonton and now has 1,039 in his NHL career, just one behind Marcel Dionne (1,040a) for ninth place all-time.
  • Patrik Elias tied his season-high with 1g-2a-3pts on Thursday, his 11th multiple-point game of the season/fifth in the last ten games.
  • Ryane Clowe scored his fourth goal of the season on Thursday and is now just seven points shy of 300 in his NHL career (108g-185a-293pts).
  • Eric Gelinas, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) on Monday, returned to the lineup Thursday for the first time since January 30 at Dallas and recorded a power play assist. He leads the Devils with 4g-10a-14pts with the man-advantage this season.
  • Damien Brunner (lower body) left the game Thursday and did not return. He didn’t make the trip and is out today.
  • Bryce Salvador (collarbone) is also out today.

Devils vs. Islanders

  • Today’s game between the Devils and Islanders marks the third of five meetings between the clubs this season, and the second of three to be played at Nassau Coliseum.
  • New Jersey leads the season series 1-0-1 following a 2-1 victory in Long Island on December 28.  Damien Brunner (2g), Michael Ryder (1g-1a) and Marek Zidlicky (2a) each have two points to lead the Devils, while Michael Grabner has 2g-1a-3pts to leads the Islanders. Martin Brodeur (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA &  .885 save %) and Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA &  .968 save %) have split the goaltending duties for New Jersey and Evgeni Nabokov (1-1-0, 2.42 GAA &  .901 save %) has started both games for New York.
  • New Jersey is 81-85-22 vs. New York all time, including a 34-49-12 mark in the previous 95 games on Long Island. The Devils are 7-3-0 in their last ten games at Nassau Coliseum.
  • Patrik Elias is the Devils’ all-time leading scorer with 32g-49a-81pts in 82 career games vs. the Islanders while Frans Nielsen has 6g-11a-17pts in 34 appearances vs. New Jersey to lead New York’s active skaters.
  • Brodeur is 50-28-8 with 10 ShO, a 2.24 goals-against average and .911 save-percentage in 88 games vs. New York, while Schneider’s start on December 28 was the first his career vs. the Isles.
  • Nabokov is now 6-9-0 with 1 ShO a 2.89 GAA &  .892 save % in 15 games vs. the Devils. Kevin Poulin allowed five goals on 27 shots in his only career start vs. New Jersey on January 17, 2011.

Milestone Watch

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

Injuries

  • D Bryce Salvador (collarbone) is out today.
  • RW Damien Brunner (lower body) is out today.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 211

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 24: Recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 20: Recalled defenseman Jon Merrill from Albany.
  • Feb. 9: Assigned defenseman Jon Merrill to Albany.
  • Feb. 3: Activated defenseman Peter Harrold from Injured Reserve.
  • Feb. 1: Assigned forward Mike Sislo to Albany (AHL).

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