Tonight marks the start of the Devils' second of 12 sets of back-to-backs. John Hynes' club has won 11 of its last 17 games and have points in 12 of their last 18 contests (11-6-1=23pts). The Devils and Canadiens close out their home-and-home Saturday night in Montreal.
2. Tonight's starter Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in nine of his last 10 starts. He’s 6-4-0 with one shutout, a 1.80 goals-against average and .938 save percentage during that stretch. He ranks sixth (tie) in the NHL in wins (10), fifth (tie) in GAA (2.05) and eighth (tie) in save percentage (.927).
3. Mike Cammalleri recorded his 15th assist of the season Wednesday against Columbus, equaling his total from all of 2014-15 (15a in 68 games). The former Hab is on pace for 58a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
4. Patrik Elias, who made his season debut Wednesday, needs just 34 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second place on the Devils' all-time games played list. Already the club leader in goals, assists and points, Elias is 58 games shy of Ken Daneyko's record for the most games played in franchise history (1,283).
5. The Devils today announced the signing of forward Tyler Kennedy to a one-year, two-way contract. Kennedy, who practiced on a line with Bobby Farnham and Stephen Gionta at today's morning skate, will be a game-time decision. He's one point shy of 200 for his NHL career.
6. Montreal leads the League with a record of 17-4-2=36pts following a 5-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. They have won three in a row and four of their last five games, but will be without starter Carey Price for at least a week due to injury. Rookie Mike Condon went 5-2-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in relief of Price from Oct. 30 to Nov. 19.