Three Stars: 1. Jakub Silfverberg 2. Ryan Kesler 3. Andrew Cogliano
New Jersey is now winless in five straight games vs. Anaheim (0-4-1, last win, Nov. 20, 2013, 4-3 OT at Honda Center).
The Devils are 15-11-1=31pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 8-6-0=16pts on the road.
Anaheim outshot New Jersey, 27-25.
Keith Kinkaid (L, 46:16, six goals allowed/24 shots against) and fell to 7-7-1 on the season.
Yann Danis (ND, 13:44, one goal allowed/three shots against) played in his first NHL game since Mar. 10 2013/first game with the Devils since Mar. 28, 2010 at Philadelphia. He became the 26th player to be acquired and see action with New Jersey.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored his tenth goal of the season and has points in three consecutive games (2g-1a-3pts). He has 4g-2a-6pts in six games with the Devils and has 5g-2a-7pts over his last seven contests overall. Smith-Pelly, who was the Ducks’ third choice (2nd round) 42nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft, played in his second game vs. Anaheim since being traded on Feb. 24, 2015 (also, Mar. 4, 2015 at Honda Center).
Tyler Kennedy registered the primary assist on Smith-Pelly’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) for the second time (also, Dec. 3-4, 3a). Kennedy has 3g-2a-5pts over the last 13 games; he had 0g-6a-6pts over his first 30 appearances with the Devils.
John Moore also assisted on Smith-Pelly’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) for the fourth time this season. Moore has recorded 1g-3a-4pts over the past six contests.
Kyle Palmieri played vs. the Ducks in Anaheim for the first time since being traded to the Devils on Jun. 27, 2015. He led the Devils with six shots on goal tonight.