DEVILS (3-2-0) vs. THRASHERS (2-1-0)
Season series -- The Devils, who took three of four games in 2008-09, will meet
Big Story -- With back-to-back home games looming against the Thrashers tonight and
Thrashers -- Following two solid victories to start the season, the Thrashers had a bit of a letdown in a 4-2 loss in
"I don't think we competed as well as we should have,"
Devils -- Following two straight home losses to open the season, the Devils went 3-0 on their first road trip with victories over the Lightning, Panthers and Capitals. Coach Jacques Lemaire adjusted his lineup prior to his game against
Who's Hot -- Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk has five goals through three games. Last season, it took
Injury Report -- Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is recovering from off-season back surgery, is still listed as day-to-day. Elias, who began skating Oct. 29 following groin surgery in September, remains sidelined but is close to making a return. Devils defenseman Mark Fraser, out with a head injury suffered in a Sept. 24 fight with
Stat Pack -- Kovalchuk has posted 14 goals and 22 points in 25 career games against
Puck Drop -- The Thrashers possess two of the most promising young players in the League in rookie forward Evander Kane and sophomore defenseman Zach Bogosian. Both players will be making their debut at
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