Both teams have posted 5-4-1 records over their last ten games, but both teams will be missing some of their key players Saturday night as the Jets will still be without defenseman Tobias Enstrom, while the Devils may be without forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who left Thursday’s game against Philadelphia with a lower-body injury.
The Devils will also be without forward Travis Zajac, Jacob Josefson, and possibly Andy Greene, who didn’t play Thursday against the Flyers.
The Jets will be without Ron Hainsey and Enstrom, while Mark Stuart and Randy Jones are game time decisions if they may go.
Tonight’s game is the first of four meetings this season.
Ondrej Pavelec is slated to start tonight and Sunday night as well against the New York Rangers.
Pavelec posted his first shutout as a Jet Thursday and has gone 2-2-0 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .932 save percentage so far on the Jets seven game road trip.
His play has been steadily improving as he has now stopped 135 of the last 146 shot directed his way.
Evander Kane will look to continue his hot play as he has has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last six games. He now has three multi-point games this season and scored his first multi-goal game in Florida against the Panthers.
Kane has goals in the last two games, including the game winner on Long Island.
Game time is 6:00 PM CT and is available on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada.
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