Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s game in Carolina!
1. Jaromir Jagr will play in his 1,500th career game tonight, becoming just the 15th player in NHL history to reach that plateau.
"It's a big number," Jagr said at today’s morning skate. "You have to be very lucky with injuries. There were a lot of big guys and a lot of big hits over my hockey career. I always found a way to somehow survive. You have to be lucky, and be protected by a higher power somehow, I would say."
Jagr, 42, remains one of the Devils’ top offensive threats and shares the club points lead (15) with Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique.
"It's an amazing accomplishment,” DeBoer said of Jagr’s games milestone. "I enjoy every minute being around him on a daily basis."
2. Cammalleri (muscle/posterior) is among the injured Devils who did not travel to Carolina to face the Hurricanes. Also out of the lineup are Patrik Elias (groin), Travis Zajac (lower body/illness) and Adam Larsson (flu).
Cammalleri leads the Devils in goals (11), power-play goals (5) and game winners (3). Larsson was placed on injured reserve today, retroactive to Dec. 2.
3. Martin Havlat (lower body) has been activated off IR and is expected back in the lineup tonight after missing three games. Havlat, who has seen action in 14 of New Jersey’s first 27 games, has two goals and four assists on the season, including a power-play tally.
4. Cory Schneider (10-12-3, 2.57 GAA, .915 sv%) went 2-0-0 vs. Carolina last season with a 1.51 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. He’s 3-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA in his career against the ‘Canes.
5. Tonight’s contest is the first of four meetings between the Devils and Hurricanes. New Jersey won last season’s series, 3-1-0, outscoring the ‘Canes 16-11.
6. The Devils are 13-6-0 vs. the Hurricanes since the start of 2009-10, 26-22-9 in the previous 56 games in Carolina/Hartford, and lead the all-time series 61-42-10.