The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (2-6-1) head to the west coast to visit the San Jose Sharks (3-3-1). This is the first of two meetings this season.
The Last Devils Game: The Devils lost 3-1 to the Rangers on Sunday night. Kovalchuk scored the only goal for New Jersey.
The Last Sharks Game: The Sharks lost to the Calgary Flames on Sunday night by a score of 4-0. All the action happened in the first period as the Flames beat Antti Niemi 3 times on 5 shots before he took a seat on the bench. It was the third game of a 3-game road trip for SJ, who ended the trip with a 2-1 record.
The Last Devils / Sharks Game: Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist as the Devils held on for a 4-3 win in the most recent matchup, March 2 at HP Pavilion. Devin Setoguchi scored a pair of third-period goals to help rally the Sharks but ultimately fell short.
Tonight’s Matchup: The big story going into tonight’s matchup is that neither team has won a game on home ice this season, which should benefit the Devils tonight. However, nothing has gone as planned for NJ, which currently owns the NHL’s worst percentage of points to games played. NJ is 2-2-0 away from The Rock this season. The Devils offense is struggling, which is currently ranked last in the NHL and coming off a weekend where they only managed to score 1 goal in each game. Zubrus has been one of the few players on a hot streak and hopes to continue his hot streak tonight. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in the last 4 games.
The Devils are averaging 1.67 goals per game and have scored two or fewer in seven of their first nine. The Sharks have the NHL’s second-best power play, which is scoring at a success rate of 31.4 percent. What’s that mean? Stay out of the box!!
The Broadcast: 10:30pm TV – MSG+(HD); Radio – 660 AM WFAN
As for the lines, its anyones guess but I will go with what went on during Sunday’s game in NY.
Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Dainius Zubrus
Patrik Elias – Jason Arnott – David Clarkson
Jamie Langenbrunner – Jacob Josefson – Ilya Kovalchuk
Adam Mair – Tim Sestito – Rod Pelley
Andy Greene – Olivier Magnan-Grenier
Colin White – Matt Taormina
Henrik Tallinder – Matt Corrente