Newark, New Jersey; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Detroit visits the New Jersey Devils after Darren Helm scored two goals in the Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to the Sabres.
The Devils are 13-16-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game, the fifth-most in the league. P.K. Subban leads the team serving 61 total minutes.
The Red Wings are 7-27-1 in Eastern Conference play. Detroit is last in the NHL shooting 27.4 shots per game.
In their last meeting on Nov. 23, New Jersey won 5-1. Blake Coleman scored a team-high two goals for the Devils in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with 21 goals, adding 17 assists and totaling 38 points. Coleman has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey.
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LAST 10 GAMES: Red Wings: 2-8-0, averaging 1.6 goals, 2.7 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
Devils: 3-4-3, averaging 3.1 goals, five assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.
Red Wings: Filip Zadina: out (lower body), Robby Fabbri: day to day (upper body).