New Jersey Devils vs Winnipeg Jets – Game 2 of 2 – November 25, 2013
Devils (9-9-5) TV – MSG
Devils Radio – WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Jets (10-11-4) TV – TSN2
The New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets will conclude their season series at the Prudential Center tonight in Newark, New Jersey. The Jets won the first meeting at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 3-0 loss put the Devils at 0-3-3 on October 13, as things were looking disastrous for the team.
The Devils have since found their way, at least for the time being.
The Devils most recently lost to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, 2-1. It was a game where the Devils looked better than on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings (not that that says much) but still gave up way too many chances. Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider played extremely well during the road trip and bailed out the team on too many occasions.
Martin Brodeur also survived a nasty injury on Saturday. Brent Burns made Brodeur look silly on a deke but mistakenly shot the puck at the back of Brodeur’s neck. Brodeur was motionless for at least 45 seconds and then started to move his hands and feet. It was a scary moment for any NHL fan as the greatest goaltender to play the sport could have been paralyzed or even worse.
Brodeur skated this morning and will be starting tonight.
Stephen Gionta did not skate today and will be sitting tonight with Jacob Josefson taking his spot. Gionta re-injured his ankle on Saturday against the Sharks.
Anton Volchenkov is making significant progress in returning to the lineup. He skated late last week and skated with the team for the first time since he went on IR today. He will be looking to come back to the lineup.
Jon Merrill was called up to take Adam Larsson’s spot in the lineup after he had a mishap on Saturday. He has a “lower body injury.”
The Devils need to keep pace in the Metropolitan Division as the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes are winning and gaining ground and, in the Rangers’ case, passing them.
The Devils will have a critical home-and-home against the Hurricanes after tonight’s game.
The Jets are coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Jets are 3-5-1 on the road this season and the Devils have fared very well at home this season compared to on the road. They are 4-2-2.
Outside of the Western Conference, the Jets are 4-1-1. The Devils are 3-5-3 against the Western Conference this season.