The New Jersey Devils are back on the road.
After New Jersey returned home to host the Washington Capitals on Friday in a 4-2 loss, the Devils play their first of two games on their road trip tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.
Head coach Lindy Ruff has typically referred to road trips as moments in which his team comes together most. The Devils are certainly hoping that’s the case to turn the tides on losing three of their last four games.
Winnipeg, however, enters Tuesday night as winners in three of their last four games, although, they lost their last outing on Saturday night to the Dallas Stars.
Let’s dive into Tuesday night’s contest when the Devils visit the Jets.
Time: 8:00 PM Watch/Stream: MSGSN/MSG+ Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET
Projected Devils Lineup
Timo Meier – Michael McLeod – Jesper Bratt
Tyler Toffoli – Dawson Mercer – Alexander Holtz
Ondrej Palat – Erik Haula – Curtis Lazar
Tomas Nosek – Chris Tierney – Nathan Bastian
Luke Hughes – Dougie Hamilton
Jonas Siegenthaler – John Marino
Kevin Bahl – Brendan Smith
Projected Jets Lineup
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Alex Iafallo
Cole Perfetti – Vladislav Namestikov – Nikolaj Ehlers
Nino Niederreiter – Adam Lowry – Mason Appleton
Morgan Barron – David Gustafsson – Rasmus Kupari
Josh Morrissey – Dylan Demelo
Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg – Nate Schmidt
The Capitals took a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Beck Malenstyn just over 10 seconds apart. As a result, head coach Lindy Ruff yanked Vitek Vanecek from New Jersey’s net rather quickly. Akira Schmid came in relief, however, Evgeny Kuznetsov tripled Washington’s lead in the second period scoring his first goal of the season. The Devils attempted to come back with goals by Timo Meier and Dawson Mercer in the third period. However, the effort wasn’t enough and Kuznetsov scored his second goal hitting the empty net, sealing the 4-2 victory for Washington.
Player to Watch
In the words of Jack Hughes, “We don’t know any better, we just go out there and play,” certainly applies to the bliss of the Devils’ youth. Well, it seems like tonight, New Jersey’s youth will receive the opportunity to play a significant role. After yesterday’s morning skate, Luke Hughes and Alexander Holtz are tonight’s players to watch. Neither have faced off against the Jets in their careers thus far.
Devils vs. Jets
According to the Devils PR, “The Devils and Winnipeg face-off for the first of two matchups this season.
Mar. 21, vs WPG, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
New Jersey logged a 1-1-0 record vs Winnipeg in 2022-23.
ALL-TIME vs WPG/ATL
The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs WPG/ATL is nine, which the team earned on Mar. 10, 2000, in a 9-0 win at Atlanta.
The most goals that the franchise allowed in a single game vs WPG/ATL was eight, which was recorded on Dec. 3, 2021, at Winnipeg in an 8-4 loss.
The most shots that the franchise earned in a single game vs WPG/ATL was 49, which was recorded on Jan. 24, 2022, at Atlanta after a 4-2 loss.
The most shots that the franchise allowed in a single game vs WPG/ATL was 40, twice, and last logged on Dec. 3, 2021, in an 8-4 loss at Winnipeg.
The last time that the Devils shut out WPG/ATL was Apr. 6, 2010, after a 3-0 win at Atlanta (M. Brodeur, 19 saves) The team has never shut out the opponent since the move to Winnipeg in 2011-12.
The last time that Winnipeg shut out the Devils was on Oct. 13, 2013, after a 3-0 loss at Winnipeg (A. Montoya, 24 saves).”
Thu. Nov, 16, at PIT, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Nov. 18, vs NYR, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Wed. Nov. 22, at DET, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Fri. Nov., 24, vs CBJ, 3:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Nov. 25, vs BUF, 7:00 P.M. E.T