The New Jersey Devils take on the Winnipeg Jets as the team honors Travis Zajac for reaching 1,000 games last season.
Tale of the Tape
Record: 21-31-5 (47 points, 7th in Metro)
The Opponent: Winnipeg Jets (25-22-10) – FHN Site: The Airport Lounge
Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Prudential Center
Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (5-3-0) vs. Eric Comrie (6-2-1)
Television Broadcasts: MSG+2, TSN3
Winnipeg’s last game was a 7-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that game, the Jets used four third-period goals to lead them to the win. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves to record his 19th win of the season.
The Jets are in an interesting spot as they currently find themselves seven points behind the Dallas Stars for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They are 11-11-5 since the turn of the New Year and have struggled to find any kind of consistency over the last two months.
With Winnipeg playing the New York Islanders tomorrow, goaltender Eric Comrie will start tonight against his former team. Comrie had a very brief stint with the Devils last season playing only one game for the club.
Comrie has played well as the Winnipeg backup this season. The 26-year-old has a 6-2-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and .914 save percentage in 10 starts.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils come into tonight’s game riding back-to-back victories. Their most recent win came against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. After falling behind 3-0 in the second period, New Jersey rallied to score five unanswered goals and take the game 5-3. Jesper Bratt recorded three assists bringing him up to 54 points on the year.
Nico Daws will make his sixth consecutive start tonight for New Jersey. Daws has a 5-3-0 record this season with a 2.75 GAA and .906 save percentage.
The team will be without captain Nico Hischier for a second straight game. The 23-year-old is dealing with a lower-body issue and his availability going forward will come down to his pain tolerance.
The club will honor Travis Zajac tonight as he gets recognition for playing in his 1,000th game last season. The two-way center accumulated 202 goals and 348 assists in 1,024 games with New Jersey. Zajac is most remembered for his overtime goal against the Florida Panthers in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Player to Watch: Damon Severson
Damon Severson is quietly having a very good season for the Devils with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 55 games. Recently, Severson has seen time on the team’s first power play unit. While there has been some backlash to this move since the return of Dougie Hamilton, the 27-year-old scored a huge goal on the power play in Tuesday’s game.
Expect Severson to be right back on that first power play unit again tonight while logging some important minutes with defensive partner Jonas Siegenthaler.