The Devils are opening a three-game homestand tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have lost four straight on the road.
"It's going to be a good test for us," Travis Zajac said. "As of now, we've been competitive, we've been in every game and been able to compete with every team. I expect no different tonight."
2. Jiri Tlusty returns to the lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury. Coach John Hynes will go back to a roster of 12 forwards and six defensemen.
"He's a big part of this team," Zajac said of his linemate. "He plays the right way, he's got great attention to detail and we definitely missed his presence."
3. The Devils have won six of their last eight games (6-2-0) and have points in seven of their last nine contests (6-2-1=13pts).
"These games are fun, the games against the best teams," said Cory Schneider, who will make his 10th straight start. "You get up for them, you get excited – it's a good challenge. I think everyone in here, I think we've been up for the challenge all year. We're not happy with how last game ended [Tuesday's 2-1 loss in Brooklyn], but we've moved on and we're ready to go try and get points against another good team."
4. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Devils are 5-1-1 in games decided by one goal. New Jersey is 2-0-1 in one-goal games at Prudential Center, including a 3-2 SO win over the Isles in their last game at The Rock on Oct. 31.
5. Patrick Kane ranks third in the NHL with 8g-10a-18pts this season. He carries an eight-game scoring streak into tonight (5g-7a-12pts), which is the second-longest in the NHL this season.
6. Tonight’s contest begins a stretch in which seven of the Devils' next eight games will be against the West.