BY: DAVID KOLB
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (9-5-3) @ SAN JOSE SHARKS (9-8-1)
ROAD TRIP WRAP
The New Jersey Devils dropped to 1-2-0 on their four-game Western Conference road trip Saturday against the Kings, and to 3-5-2 on the road overall. New Jersey will try and rebound tonight in San Jose, as they have now lost in regulation in two consecutive games for the first time this season.
SUCCESS IN THE WEST
Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Sharks this season, as the two teams will meet again Feb. 12 at the Prudential Center to close out their season series. The Devils are 2-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division, while they sit at 4-2-1 against Western Conference clubs this season.
GOALIES VS. SAN JOSE
It’s been a real battle for the Devils’ goaltenders against the Sharks, as Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 5-5-2 all-time against San Jose. Schneider has started the past four games, and it is expected that he will remain the starter until the weekend when the Devils skate on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday.
Sharks captain, Joe Pavelski has points in each of his past two games, including a goal Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. San Jose’s top center deserves the Devils attention tonight as he has notched six goals with ten assists for 16 points in 18 games this season.
SCORING FROM D
New Jersey’s scoring this season has had a surprising push from the club’s defenseman, as the Devils’ backliners have scored an amazing 7 of the team’s last 12 goals over the past four games. Blueliner, John Moore was the latest to light the lamp on Saturday scoring his third goal of the season, in the Devils 4-2 loss to the Kings.