Who: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - WFAN (660 AM or 101.9 FM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- New Jersey enters tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak (0-0-3) but with points in five consecutive games (2-0-3).
- Saturday at Florida, the Devils fell to 12-1-4 when scoring the first goal this season. New Jersey is 3-10-5 on the year when allowing the first goal.
- Also Saturday, the Devils fell to 0-2 in overtime on the road this season and to 1-3 in the extra-session overall.
- Martin Brodeur is 2-0-3 with a 2.12 GAA and .895 save-percentage since returning to the line March 21 at Carolina.
- Steve Bernier scored both of New Jersey’s goals Saturday for his second multi-goal game of the season (Feb. 3 at NY Islanders) and the 12th of his career.
- Bernier has 8 goals on the year, his most since 2009-10 with Vancouver (11 goals in 59 games).
- Andrei Loktionov picked up an assist Saturday and now has 4g-2a-6pts in his last seven games.
- Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup after Saturday missing the previous 11 games (lower body) and recorded the primary assist on Bernier’s power play goal.
- Ryan Carter posted an assist Saturday and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a).
Forwards Defense Goalie
Elias-Loktionov-Bernier Salvador-Zidlicky Brodeur
Inactives: Volchenkov, Barch, Larsson
Welcome back: It feels like we've written a note similar to this a lot lately, but Dainius Zubrus' return has been the longest one coming. His presence in the lineup couldn't come at a better time, either. The Devils could desperately use his size in the offensive zone and in front of the net to help generate shots, loose pucks and scoring changes. Also, the Devils could really use him on special teams. Zubrus' ability to play the power play and the penalty kill is a much-needed asset for Pete DeBoer.
New lines: Speaking of things we've written a lot lately -- DeBoer has been on a constant search to find reliable line combinations since Ilya Kovalchuk went down. Really, it's stretched back most of the season. Tonight's line combos are interesting, with Bernier on the top line standing out the most. I'm also not a fan of Clarkson continuing to get second-line minutes with third-line production and I wonder if it's time to bump him down a line. Regardless, that second line should play very physical and has to make itself known early for the Devils to be in tonight's game.
Specials: We talked about the penalty kill earlier in regards to Zubrus' return, but this couldn't be a better game for him to be back on the PK. The Islanders are particularly deadly with the man advantage and the Devils would be wise to stay out of the box tonight. If they can't, it'll be a big boost to get Zubrus back killing penalties.