Game Day: New Jersey Devils @ Phoenix Coyotes
In a rare meeting of East vs. West, the Phoenix Coyotes will look to perhaps better their luck as the last time they faced New Jersey was on December 15th, 2010, a game the Devils won by a score of 3-0. They also dropped their last game against Dallas in a shootout that lasted eight rounds, the winner being netted by first-time shootout participant Trevor Daley. It was Phoenix's third straight loss at home.
Shane Doan scored his 300th goal in the contest, marking the second time an NHLer has accomplished the feat without aid of a single hat trick.
Quick Hits: Devils
♦ Ilya Kovalchuk, author of two goals and four assists thus far this season, was the main story the last time these two teams saw each other, scoring two goals.
♦ Former Coyote Johan Hedberg rebounded nicely from allowing three third-period Penguins' goals en route to a 4-1 loss, eventually helping snap a four-game Los Angeles winning streak with a shutout in which he recorded 31 saves.
♦ Centreman Patrik Elias leads New Jersey with four goals and has a point in each of the Devils' games so far. He also has 15 points in 18 games against the Coyotes.
♦ Dainius Zubrus snapped a 27-game drought with not one, but two goals against the Kings.
♦ Roster notes: The Devils picked up Ryan Carter off waivers from the Panthers on Tuesday, while Martin Brodeur is still nursing a shoulder injury but is traveling with the team.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Winger Raffi Torres picked up his first goal as a member of the Coyotes against Dallas, picking up just over nine minutes of ice time.
♦ Another bright spot was Mike Smith, who made 34 saves plus 6 in the shootout. Despite Phoenix's current woes in their own arena, he has a 1.64 GAA at home.
♦ Martin Hanzal has four points in 3 career games against the Devils. Ray Whitney has scored two game-winners against them.