Stat pack - 3/16
They have two games in hand on the seventh-place Rangers, and one each on Buffalo, ninth-place Carolina, 11th-place Toronto and 12th place Atlanta.
Toronto was set to visit Carolina on Wednesday.
- Travis Zajac tied Ken Daneyko’s ironman streak at 388 straight games on Tuesday. Zajac reached the mark at 25 years, 10 months and two days old. Daneyko was 29 years, 11 months and 12 days old when he did established his record on March 29, 1994.
- Jacob Josefson notched his first game-winning goal in just his 15th NHL appearance. He registered his first career point with an assist at Long Island on March 6, and broke a 2-2 tie in the third period against the Thrashers. He has two goals and two helpers in his last five contests.
- After his first career two-goal game on Feb. 8, Mattias Tedenby went the next 12 games without a point. He ended that drought Saturday and has three assists in his last two games. He set up David Clarkson’s game-tying goal against the Islanders and fed Josefson’s go-ahead goal versus Atlanta.
- In two games together, the line of Tedenby-Josefson-Clarkson has three goals, five assists and is a plus-8.
- Tim Stapleton’s first-period tally snapped the Devils’ run of 16 consecutive games without allowing a goal in the opening frame, a modern NHL record. Tuesday’s contest also ended New Jersey’s streak of nine straight one-goal decisions.
- Seventeen of the Devils’ last 20 games have been decided by a goal, including 12 of their last 15 victories.
- The penalty kill has been excellent, allowing just three goals in 36 chances over the last 15 games. The power play is scoreless in the last two games (0-for-7), and has converted five times in the last six contests (5-for-18).