Just as things were starting to look up for the New Jersey Devils, things came to a halt when they were shutout by the Philadelphia Flyers in Saturday nights game at the Prudential Center. The 1-0 loss to one of the few teams lower in the standings than the Devils put an end to their first two-game win streak of the season and also marked the first time this season New Jersey was unable to earn at least one point on home ice.
To make matters worse for the struggling Devils, when they finish their third back-to-back set of games tonight in Minnesota, they will have to do so without Patrik Elias (upper body soreness) and Travis Zajac. Zajac missed his first game of the season on Saturday night after rolling his ankle during practice earlier in the day and was ruled out early in the day.
Patrik Elias left the ice during warm ups last night and was replaced in the lineup by Mattias Tedenby. Jacob Josefson also returned to the lineup in the 1-0 loss to the Flyers.
Tonights meeting with the Minnesota Wild will be the first of two reunions that former Devils’ captain Zach Parise will have with the team that drafted him in 2003. Parise and the Wild will travel to Newark later in the season to finish the two-game series at the Prudential Center which served as Parise’s home for five seasons.
Minnesota is coming into Sundays game having won four of their last five games, including their latest over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Jason Pominville scored two goals including the game winner and leads the Wild with nine goals and one assist. Pominville's 10 points ties him with Zach Parise (6g-4a) for the team-lead.
The strong play by the Wild (7-4-3) will be a test for the Devils who couldn’t register one goal on a team that lost by a touchdown the night before to the Washington Capitals.
Martin Brodeur won’t be in goal for New Jersey after starting his third consecutive game Saturday night.Cory Schneider remained on the IR last night while Keith Kinkaid backed up Brodeur, but Peter DeBoer says it’s possible Schneider returns to the crease for the first time since Oct. 24.
According to the Devils PR department,Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac remained in New Jersey and did not travel with the team.