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Six #DevilsFacts for tonight's game in Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Six Devils Facts to know for tonight's game in Pittsburgh:

1. Tonight is the first of five meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals and one of two contests to be played at CONSOL Energy Center. The teams split last season’s series, 2-2-0, with each club scoring eight goals.

2. Mike Cammalleri (jaw) did not make the trip and will not play. The Devils' leading goal scorer (5) took an elbow during Friday's game vs. Dallas and played the next night in Ottawa (19:39 TOI). New Jersey will also be without the services of Martin Havlat (lower body), who yesterday joined Jordin Tootoo (foot) on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 21. Both Havlat and Tootoo are expected to resume skating by the end of the week.

3. Reid Boucher was recalled from Albany (AHL) yesterday and is looking to make his season debut. Boucher, who has a goal and two assists in six games with the A-Devils, practiced on a line with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder. The trio enjoyed a productive preseason highlighted by a combined seven-point (4g-3a) performance against the Rangers on Sept. 22.

"We have a little bit of chemistry there," Boucher said. "We'll see if we can build off the preseason."

Boucher made his NHL debut last season, collecting two goals and five assists in 23 games.

4. Cory Schneider will be seeking his first win in three career starts against the Penguins. He started both of the Devils' visits to Pittsburgh last season: a 3-0 loss in the season opener on Oct. 3 and a 3-2 setback on Dec. 13.

"It's a team I'm not as familiar with," Schneider said. "I think they're one of those teams that, the more you play, the more comfortable you get against them. I know we had tough first periods both times against them, and then we took it to them."

The game plan will be to slow the Pens' offense.

"Clearly, we need to bottle up their attack," said Schneider, who has started every game this season. "We can't let them come through the neutral zone with a lot of speed. I think that's what our game is meant for. Our defensive plan is to try to slow teams down, and we're going to need that against them."

5. Jaromir Jagr (2g-1a) and Dainius Zubrus (1g-2a) led the Devils with three points each last season, while Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each posted 1g-2a-3pts to lead the Penguins.

6. The Devils are 2-7-1 at Pittsburgh over the last four seasons but lead the all-time series 99-71-15, including a 47-40-4 mark in their previous 91 road meetings.

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