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Pavel Zacha Nears Return to Lineup in St. Louis

12/15 Devils at Blues: 3 Things to Know

by Julie Robenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils (12-10-6) look to halt a three-game losing streak tonight at Scottrade Center in St. Louis (16-10-4). Here's what you need to know:
 
1) Although it is presently unconfirmed, Pavel Zacha skated as a full participant with the team the past two days and has been medically cleared to play after taking a puck to the mouth two weeks ago in Nashville. He will likely draw into the lineup tonight. In other roster news, defenseman Yohann Auvitu has been assigned to Albany and forward Luke Gazdic has been recalled.

2) Special teams will likely play an important role tonight. These teams played last Thursday and the Devils were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Blues were 2-for-3. St. Louis is 21.8% effective with the man advantage and 88% on the penalty kill. The Devils are 15.4% and 83.3%, respectively.
 
3) Not game related, but important nonetheless: Devils prospects Blake Speers and Michael McLeod were officially named to Canada's final roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship last night as Hockey Canada concluded its selection camp with an 8-0 win over Czech Republic in pre-tournament action. Joey Anderson was named to USA's preliminary roster (they start their selection camp today) and Mikhail Maltzev and Yegor Rykov were named to Russia's preliminary roster as well. The tournament begins December 26 on NHL Network. 
 
We'll have a full game day lineup of Devils All-Access content to get you ready for puck drop at 8 p.m. on MSG+2, WFAN and The One Jersey Network. 

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