New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings – Game 1 of 2 – November 15, 2013
Devils (6-7-5) Radio – 660 WFAN/ 101.9 FM
Devils TV – MSG+
Kings TV (12-6-1) – FSWHD
For the first time since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, the Devils and Kings will meet on the ice at the Prudential Center in Newark. The season series will quickly wrap up in 6 days when the Devils visit Los Angeles on November 21st.
It looks like the Devils will have Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta back in the lineup tonight. They are officially listed as a “Game-time Decision” but they both participated in the morning skate so everything looks good-to-go. Elias has been activated off of IR and will fill the open space left by Jon Merrill when he went to IR.
Speaking of Merrill, Pete DeBoer confirmed that he skated on his own this morning.
The Devils will hopefully increase in production with the return of Elias and he is a player that the team sorely missed while he was gone. Despite going 3-0-1 in their last 4, they have been scraping by in most wins this season.
Cory Schneider will start in net tonight with Martin Brodeur will start tomorrow night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
To touch on the other two injuries I haven’t mentioned, Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe have not skated with Anton Volchenkov remaining out for at least tonight do to a pulled leg muscle.
The Devils are currently tied for 5th in the Metropolitan standings with the New York Islanders at 17 points. The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes sit in a tie for 3rd at 18 points and the Devils can jump both of them and take third tonight if Carolina loses. Those standings translate to the same tie with the Islanders for 11th in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers, Hurricanes, and Montreal Canadiens are locked in a 3-way tie for 8th place at 18 points.
The Kings will be without Jonathon Quick tonight and will go to Ben Scrivens. Scrivens is 2-1-1 with a 1.92 GAA in 6 games.
The Kings will also be without Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford tonight also due to injuries.
They are currently tied for 5th in the Pacific Division with the Vancouver Canucks at 25 points. They sit 4 points behind a tie for 2nd between the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes (yes those Coyotes). They sit in a tie for 8th in the Western Conference with the Canucks and the next team ahead of them is the Minnesota Wild in 7th place with only one more point than the Kings/Canucks.
The Devils will also look to right the minor slump on the PP lately despite boosting it to 17.5% which is considerably better than what it was about 3 weeks ago. The Devils PK has risen tremendously also, standing at 86.9% going into tonight.
The Kings are 5-3-1 on the road this season and 6-3-1 in their last 10. The Devils are 3-1-2 at home this season and are 5-3-2 in their last 10.