1. Newark is buzzing over the return of Scott Niedermayer, an important cog in the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. So much so, in fact, that the Newark Star-Ledger ponders whether Niedermayer would become a Devil again before he retires.Asked about the possibility of being reunited with brother Rob, should the Ducks continue to struggle, Niedermayer told the paper “I think it’s a possibility,” Niedermayer said of being traded by the Ducks at some point this season. “Last year we were kind of a in a situation where we were teetering and there was some talk and rumors. You start to think about it.”
3. History is conflicted on tonight’s outcome. The Devils have won five straight overall but haven’t beaten the Ducks in a regular-season game since 2002-03. On the other hand, the Ducks have won only twice in 11 visits to New Jersey, though one of those came in their last visit, a 2-1 win on Feb. 8, 2008. Check out the Devils’ Web site for more stats and subplots.