The New Jersey Devils (4-2-1) and Minnesota Wild (3-3-2) take part in the first leg of a home-and-home mini-series today at the Prudential Center. Captain Nico Hischier will sit on the sideline of this one as a result of an illegal check to the head by Connor Clifton. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman received a two-game suspension, however, there’s no timetable for Hischier’s absence from the Devils’ lineup. Here’s the rest of what you need to know when the Devils host the Wild.
Time: 5:00 PM Watch/Stream: MSGSN/MSG+ Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET
Projected Devils Lineup
Tyler Toffoli-Jack Hughes-Timo Meier
Ondrej Palat-Dawson Mercer-Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula-Michael McLeod-Curtis Lazar
Alexander Holtz-Chris Tierney-Nathan Bastian
Jonas Siegenthaler-Dougie Hamilton
Kevin Bahl-John Marino
Brendan Smith-Luke Hughes
Projected Wild Lineup
Kirill Kaprizov-Ryan Hartman-Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Johansson-Joel Eriksson Ek-Patrick Maroon
Marcus Foligno-Marco Rossi-Vinni Lettieri
Brandon Duhaime-Connor Dewar
Jonas Brodin-Brock Faber
Jacob Middleton-Dakota Mermis
Daemon Hunt-Calen Addison
A pair of goals by Erik Haula, including the game-winner, helped secure a 5-4 win over the Sabres on Friday. Jack Hughes continued his seven-game point streak, scoring the Devils’ fourth goal of the game in the third period. Jesper Bratt and Alexander Holtz chipped in single tallies en route to New Jersey’s fourth win of the season. Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves on 27 shots.
Player to Watch
Typically, this section has been saved for Jack Hughes. However, there’s a new Hughes in town and his name is Luke. The rookie defenseman has been coming into his own lately and has even seen some top-line minutes alongside Dougie Hamilton. Hughes earned his second career multi-point game, after Friday night’s contest vs Buffalo (0g-2a), which also marked his first career multi-assist game. Additionally, Luke led New Jersey in time on ice over the last two contests including 23:56 logged against the Capitals which marked a career-high.
Devils vs. Wild
Per the Devils PR, “The Devils and Minnesota face-off for the first of two matchups and in consecutive games for the Devils.
Nov. 3, at MIN, 8:00 P.M. E.T.
ALL-TIME vs THE STATE OF HOCKEY (Wild)
DID YOU KNOW…
The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs Minnesota is seven, which was logged on Mar. 17, 2016, in a 7-4 win at the Rock.
The most goals that the franchise allowed in a single game vs Minnesota is six, which was recorded on Mar. 10, 2015, in a 6-2 loss at ‘Sota.
The most shots that the franchise earned in a single game vs Minnesota is 48, which was earned in a 2-1 overtime loss on Mar. 21, 2023, at the Rock.
The most shots that the franchise allowed in a single game vs Minnesota is 39, which was logged on Dec. 3, 2005, in a 2-2 shootout win at Continental Airlines Arena.
The last, and only, time that the Devils shut out Minnesota was on Mar. 20, 2009, in a 4-0 win at the Rock (M. Brodeur, 35 saves).
The last time that Minnesota shut out the Devils was on Mar. 26, 2011, in a 2-0 loss at Buffalo (R. Miller, 28 saves).
The Devils and Wild’s first-ever matchup was on Jan. 21, 2001, at Minnesota, after a 4-2 win.”
Thu. Nov. 2, at MIN, 8:00 P.M. E.T.
Fri. Nov. 3, at STL, 8:00 P.M. E.T.
Sun. Nov. 5, at CHI, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tue. Nov. 7, at COL, 10:00 PM E.T.