Stanley Cups: 3
2011-'12 record: 48-28-2-4, 102 points (4th in Atlantic, 6th in East)
2011-'12 playoffs: Def. Florida Panthers 4-3, def. Philadelphia Flyers 4-1; def. New York Rangers 4-2; lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-2.
Coach: Peter DeBoer (151-135-42, 5th NHL year, 2nd team)
Top returning scorer: LW Ilya Kovalchuk (37 goals, 46 assists, 83 points)
Top returning goalie: Martin Brodeur (31-21-4, 2.41, .908)
Key additions: RW Krys Barch; RW Bobby Butler.
Key subtractions: LW Zach Parise; RW Petr Sykora; LW Alex Ponikarovsky; D Matt Taormina.
Goaltending: Brodeur, the NHL’s winningest (656) goalie and all-time shutout leader (119), won a Stanley Cup in 1995 and took the Devils back to the finals last spring just past his 40th birthday. But the annals of NHL history are thin when it comes to netminders excelling beyond the age of 40.
Player to watch: LW Stefan Matteau. The son of former the NHLer Stephane Matteau was New Jersey’s top pick in the 2012 entry draft and tallied 18 goals for Blanville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) during the lockout.
Icing: The Devils will play into February minus rookie sensation C Adam Henrique, who suffered a thumb injury playing with AHL Albany during lockout . . . RW David Clarkson scored 30 goals last season, nearly doubling his previous career high (17) . . . LW Patrik Elias (894 points) is the franchise’s all-time scoring leader.
PHT: The Penguins' win in Game 4 shoved the Senators to the brink of elimination, but Ottawa has vowed to bring a better effort tonight (Coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET; Live Extra, NBCSN).
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