The Devils host the Calgary Flames tonight at Prudential Center in the first half of back-to-back games. Here's what you need to know:
1) Andy Greene is back in the lineup tonight after missing the last 12 games with an upper body injury. Cory Schneider makes his second consecutive start following a 27-save effort in Tuesday's win over the Red Wings. Seth Helgeson will patrol the blueline as Karl Stollery gets the night off. Devante Smith-Pelly and Vern Fiddler will be scratched, opening up spots for Sergey Kalinin and Joseph Blandisi (who is making his season debut). "Blender" was recalled from the Albany Devils on Tuesday.
2) The Devils are in a tough position in the standings - two points out of last place and seven points from a wildcard spot - with only 31 games remaining in the regular season. It's a tall mountain to climb, but the club can fight its way back into contention with consist play. Head Coach John Hynes believes that if the team can string together wins one game at a time, they'll be in the playoff hunt come April. The Devils aim to enter their Feb. 7th CBA-mandated five-day break on a hot streak.
3) John Moore, who suffered a concussion on December 31st, skated with his teammates for the first time during today's optional morning skate. The defenseman spoke with the media for the first time afterwards, regarding his rehab and plans to return to the ice. Stay tuned as his post-skate remarks will be available on newjerseydevils.com later today.
You can watch tonight's game on MSG or listen to it exclusively on The One Jersey Network featuring an extended pre-game show. Catch the additional coverage by listening through the iHeartRadio app. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.