Here's what you need to know for tonight's game at Long Island!
1. Travis Zajac returns to the lineup tonight after missing eight games. “It was worse than I thought it was going to be,” said Zajac, who has gotten over a case of the mumps. “It wasn’t fun to have.”
He centered a line with Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr at today’s morning skate.
2. Keith Kinkaid (0-1-1, 1.64 GAA, .943 sv%) will make his second NHL start and third appearance in the last four games. He relieved Cory Schneider in Dallas on Saturday, entering at the beginning of the third period and stopping all three shots he faced. The Long Island native expects to feel right at home at Nassau Coliseum, where he attended games while growing up an Islander fan.
“Just to be [playing at the home rink] of your childhood favorite is fun, but I’m looking forward to taking them down tonight,” Kinkaid said.
3. Devils’ leading goal scorer Mike Cammalleri (lower body) will be sidelined for the third time in the last five games.
4. Tonight’s contest is the Devils’ NHL-leading 21st road game (8-11-1). Fourteen of their last 19 games have been on the road (5-11-3), and they have not played consecutive games at Prudential Center since Nov. 1-4.
New Jersey opens a four-game homestand against Ottawa on Wednesday.
5. Special teams continue to be a bright spot for the Devils, who are 6-for-12 (50.0%) with the man-advantage over the last six games and 50-for-55 (90.9%) on the penalty kill over the past 16.
6. Tonight’s contest is the second of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season and the second and final scheduled to be played at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders lead the series 1-0-0 following a 3-1 victory on Nov. 29.