DEVILS (2-6-1) at SHARKS (3-3-1)
TV: NHLN-US (HD), NHLN-CA, MSG PLUS (HD), CSN-CA (HD)
Season Series: First of two meetings this season, with San Jose paying a trip to New Jersey on Feb. 11. Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist as the Devils held on for a 4-3 win in the most recent matchup, March 2 at HP Pavilion. Devin Setoguchi scored a pair of third-period goals to help rally the Sharks.
Big Story: Neither team has won yet on home ice this season, which would seem to benefit the Devils as the visitors on Wednesday night. However, little has gone right in general for New Jersey, which has the NHL's worst percentage of points to games played.
"We're all really frustrated with the start we've had, the results we've had," forward Zach Parise said after a 3-1 loss to the rival New York Rangers on Sunday. "You've got a lot of frustrated guys in here."
Devils: This is the second stop on a six-game road trip for New Jersey, which is 2-2-0 away from the Prudential Center. Traditionally one of the better home teams in the League, the Devils are off to an 0-4-1 start in front of their home fans. But before they can worry about fixing that they have to deal with the Sharks, followed by games in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Chicago. The Devils are currently dead last in offense, managing just a single goal in weekend losses to the Sabres and Rangers.
"I think we played a good game, we just can't score goals right now," said Kovalchuk, who had the lone tally against New York. "We need to be a little more simple and get more traffic in front. It seems like all the goalies play their best games against us. We need to get through that together."
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