DEVILS (10-5-4) at JETS (9-9-1)
TV: MSG PLUS 2, TSN-JETS
Last 10: New Jersey 5-4-1; Winnipeg 5-5-0
Season series: Second of three meetings. Winnipeg scored three unanswered goals to claim a 4-2
win in New Jersey on Sunday.
Big story: The Jets return home playing their best hockey of the season, having just completed a
4-1 road trip by beating the Rangers on Tuesday. Waiting for them at MTS Centre is a Devils team
that has dropped five of seven and just placed goalie Martin Brodeur on injured reserve with a
Devils: This is the completion of a home-and-home for New Jersey, which had three days off in the
schedule between dates with Winnipeg. Unfortunately, that wasn't deemed to be enough time for
Brodeur, who decided in warm-ups Sunday he couldn't go and was replaced by Johan Hedberg. He's
expected to start again Thursday, with Keith Kinkaid recalled from Albany of the American Hockey
League to back him up. Travis Zajac, who scored in the Devils' loss to the Jets, will play his
first NHL game in his hometown.
"There will be a lot of friends and family that are going to come to the game and it's pretty
exciting," Zajac told The (Bergen) Record earlier in the week. "I've never had a chance to play
in front of a lot of these people, so it's going to be a neat experience."
Jets: While New Jersey was resting, Winnipeg kept its momentum going Tuesday at Madison Square
Garden -- Evander Kane in particular. Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a
pair, including the game-winner, and Olli Jokinen also tallied twice in the 4-3 win over the
Rangers. Ondrej Pavelec, who has seen a heavy workload with veteran backup Al Montoya on the
shelf, stopped 30 shots. The Jets are now back at .500 for the season and will look to improve
upon a disappointing 3-5 mark on home ice.
"It's a big win for us and we finish the road trip 4-1, so that's great," Pavelec said. "But we
have to come home and start to win again at home. We built some confidence here, hopefully, and
it wasn't a situation for us after those losses at home. It was a great road trip for us."
Who's hot: Andrei Loktionov has a goal and two assists during a three-game points streak for the
Kane has six goals and four assists during an eight-game points streak for the Jets.
Grant Clitsome has a goal and two assists during a three-game points streak. Anthony Peluso
assisted on two goals Tuesday for his first NHL points.
Injury report: Brodeur isn't eligible to return until Monday, but New Jersey could activate
forward Ryan Carter (head), who has missed the last three games. Forward Dainius Zubrus (wrist)
isn't expected back for another month.
Montoya (lower body) is on injured reserve for Winnipeg along with defensemen Tobias Enstrom
(shoulder) and Zach Redmond (leg).
Lifted from: Devils @ Jets Preview
HEAD TO HEAD
RankTeamGPWLOTPP%G/GGA/G5-5 F/APP%PK%S/GSA/GFO%9NEW JERSEY191054240.6322.532.471.0818.276.526.826.345.919WINNIPEG19991190.52.743.1115.67028.528.850.1
GoalieTeamGPGSWLOTSAGAGAASvSv%SOGAPIMOndrej PavelecWPG1716791464472.984170.8990000Johan HedbergNJD66231160162.651440.91000
SCORING LEADERS - JETS AND DEVILS
PlayerTeamPosGPGAP+/-PIMPPSHGWOTSS%TOI/GSft/GFO%Patrik EliasNJDL1951722111221004311.618:4825.444.4Evander KaneWPGL1999182251031751219:3722.850Andrew LaddWPGL19107173420204422.718:4624.162.5David ClarksonNJDR191071743550307213.917:3221.725Ilya KovalchukNJDR197101721022316810.325:50:0025.940Blake WheelerWPGR1961016-71210205211.517:3822.60Tobias EnstromWPGD1321113-380000922.223:5728.10Bryan LittleWPGC193912721011329.419:1624.850.7Dustin ByfuglienWPGD143695143000397.725:00:0027.40Andy GreeneNJDD192685161110267.722:0929.20Marek ZidlickyNJDD191780181000452.219:4124.20Olli JokinenWPGC19527-10600004610.917:1020.849.4Adam HenriqueNJDC144371410101723.517:1023.446.3Stephen GiontaNJDC19257140000229.114:0721.731.2
INJURIES & SCRATCHES
JetsInjurySeverityAntti MiettinenMiddle KneeDay to DayTobias EnstromShoulderDay to DayZach RedmondLegIndefiniteDevilsInjurySeverityMartin BrodeurBackReturns MondayDainius ZubrusWristOut for another Month
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DateVisitorHomeTime (CT)TV Network/ResultsTue, 19 Feb 2013JetsSabres6:00 PMFINAL WPG (2) - BUF (1)Thu, 21 Feb 2013JetsHurricanes6:00 PMFINAL WPG (4) - CAR (3)Sat, 23 Feb 2013JetsFlyers12:00 PMFINAL WPG (3) - PHI (5)Sun, 24 Feb 2013JetsDevils4:00 PMFINAL WPG (4) - NJD (2)Tue, 26 Feb 2013JetsRangers6:00 PMFINAL WPG (4) - NYR (3)Thu, 28 Feb 2013DevilsJets7:00 PMTSN-JETSSat, 2 Mar 2013CapitalsJets2:00 PMCBC, NHLN-USTue, 5 Mar 2013JetsPanthers6:30 PMTSN-JETSThu, 7 Mar 2013JetsLightning6:30 PMTSN-JETS
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST MEETING
Lifted from: Devils @ Jets Preview