Here are six #DevilsFacts you need to know for the first installment of the Battle of the Hudson:1. Streaks collide
The Devils enter tonight’s game looking to snap a two-game skid, while the Rangers come in riding back-to-back wins.
2. Schneider strong vs. Rangers Cory Schneider aims to add to his solid career numbers against the Rangers (1-1-0, 0.86 GAA, .968 save %, 1 SO). In his lone start versus the Blueshirts last season, Schneider made 22 saves for a 4-0 victory at Prudential Center on Oct. 19.
3. Havlat looks to return Martin Havlat hopes to play tonight after missing one game with the facial lacerations he suffered last Thursday in Washington. He received more than 50 stitches and practiced yesterday wearing a full shield.
“I felt good today, so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Havlat said after practice. “I would love to play."
4. Changing on the fly Mike Cammalleri and Dainius Zubrus switched lines at practice: Cammalleri joined the second line with Havlat and Patrik Elias, while Zubrus was bumped up to the top trio with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.
Cammalleri, who leads the Devils with five goals, has points in his first five games (5g-2a) with New Jersey. He’s two games shy of Neal Broten’s franchise-record seven-game point streak to start a Devil career (3g-6a).
5. DeBoer wants more from fourth line Damien Brunner, who made his season debut on Saturday, practiced yesterday on the fourth line with Stephen Gionta and Jordin Tootoo. Tuomo Ruutu skated as an extra forward with Jacob Josefson and Scott Gomez.
Coach Peter DeBoer is looking for more out of his fourth grouping.
“I think our fourth line hasn’t given me enough in the five games so far as a group,” DeBoer said. “Not individually, but as a group, I think we need more out of them."
"I’m looking for offensive zone time, possession, energy, wearing the other team down – have a positive impact on the game, whatever way that is, and do it without taking a lot of penalties."
6. See you in December The Devils and Rangers won't meet again until Dec. 27 at Madison Square Garden. They close out the season series with a home-and-home on April 4 at MSG and April 7 at The Rock.