When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Media: TV - MSG-Plus, NBC Sports Network (Channel listings); Radio - Bloomberg (1130 AM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- New Jersey will close out the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule tonight. The Devils are 18-8-3 in their previous 29 home finales. New Jersey is 6-0-1 in its last seven home-closers (last loss, April 4, 2004 vs. Boston, 3-1).
- With their win Tuesday night vs. Montreal, the Devils posted consecutive home victories for the first time since winning three straight March 7-13.
- Tuesday vs. Montreal, New Jersey improved to 14-1-4 when scoring first this season. The Devils are 4-17-6 on the year when allowing the first goal.
- On Tuesday, New Jersey scored twice on the power play for the fourth time this season and the first time since March 21 at Carolina.
- Johan Hedberg will make the start in goal tonight, his first since March 19 vs. the New York Rangers.
- Patrik Elias scored his team-leading (tie, David Clarkson) 14th goal of the season Tuesday. It was his fifth on the power play which also ties him with Clarkson for team lead.
- Also Tuesday, Jacob Josefson scored his first goal since March 29, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Steve Sullivan recorded 1g-1a-2pts Tuesday for this first multiple-point game as a Devil since February 15, 1997 at Montreal.
Inactives: Barch, Bernier, Ponikarovsky, Urbom, D'Agostini, Gelinas, Pesonen, Sislo
Sidelined: Salvador (wrist), Fayne (nagging injury)
Playing Out The String: Tonight is the Devils' 24th and last regular-season game of 2013. New Jersey is 12-9-2 in its previous 23.
New Jersey has also sold out 18 of those 23 games. With the popular Pens coming to town, expect a 19th sellout on Thursday.
Wings Clipped: The Penguins are still without forwards Sidney Crosby and James Neal, who have been sidelined much of this month with injuries. Defenseman Paul Martin is also injured and will not play.
The End?: Elias, Clarkson, Dainius Zubrus and Marek Zidlicky are all unrestricted free agents at season's end and tonight could be each player's last home game as a Devil.
Elias is the franchise's all-time scoring leader, Clarkson has become a fan-favorite, Zubrus has been here six years -- I know, time flies -- and Zidlicky's the team's only offensive defenseman.
Sullivan and Alexei Ponikarovsky will also be UFAs, and the Devils have six restricted free agent candidates too. This team could look very different next year.