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Game Preview: Devils Visit Motor City to Face Red Wings

The Devils are in Motor city to face the Detroit Red Wings on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Game Preview: Devils Visit Motor City to Face Red Wings

Captain Nico Hischier, will travel to Motor City with the New Jersey Devils ahead of their tilt with the Detroit Red Wings. However, head coach Lindy Ruff already declared Hischier won’t play against Dylan Larkin and Co.

The Devils will also be without forwards Timo Meier and Tomas Nosek. Over the last two games, Ruff has opted to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. He could choose to go that route again. However, there are options to go back to 12 forwards and six defensemen. Morning skate should be more indicative.

Let’s dive into New Jersey’s tilt against Detroit tonight.

Time: 7:00 PM      Watch/Stream: MSGSN2/MSG+      Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET

Projected Devils Lineup

Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Curtis Lazar

Tyler Toffoli – Michael McLeod – Jesper Bratt

Ondrej Palat – Dawson Mercer – Alexander Holtz

Max Willman – Chris Tierney – Nathan Bastian

Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton

Kevin Bahl – John Marino

Colin Miller – Luke Hughes

 

Akira Schmid

Projected Red Wings Lineup

Joe Veleno – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Alex DeBrincat – JT Compher – Michael Rasmussen

David Perron – Andrew Copp – Robby Fabbri

Daniel Sprong – Christian Fischer – Klim Kostin

Jake Walman – Moreitz Seider

Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry

Shayne Gostisbehere – Justin Holl

Alex Lyon

Ville Husso

Last Game

The Devils dropped an emotional, physical tilt 5-3 against the New York Rangers on Saturday. A third-period surge led to three straight goals by Artemi Panarin, Jimmy Vesey, and Blake Wheeler to shut the door on New Jersey to walk away with two points. Jack Hughes collected two points, scoring a goal and dishing an assist in his return to the lineup. Dougie Hamilton joined Hughes in registering two points (both assists). Erik Haula and Ondrej Palat netted single tallies of their own. Both Vitek Vanecek and Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves for their respective clubs. Shesterkin walked away with the win.

Player to Watch

Colin Miller is tonight’s Devils player to watch as his early tenure in New Jersey is off to an encouraging start. Miller, who was injured for about a month, has provided an element of puck transition ability that hasn’t quite been there in his absence. Paired alongside Luke Hughes, Miller has seemingly opened up the rookie and helped propel his offensive and puck-transitioning side as well. Miller has yet to record a point in two contests, however, he’s registered two shots in each of his two games. According to Natural Stat Trick, the duo of Miller and Hughes have accrued an elite 63.16 CF% and 71.33 xGF%. Thus, Miller appears to be breaking through on the scoresheet at any moment now.

Devils vs. Red Wings

According to the Devils PR, “The Devils and Red Wings face-off for the second of three matchups this season:

Remaining matchups:

Dec 23, vs DET, 7:00 P.M. E.T.

Last matchup: The Devils opened the 2023-24 regular season against Detroit at home and earned a 4-3 win. Jack Hughes led the way against Hockeytown with two points (2g-0a), while Eric Haula and Dougie Hamilton also found the back of the net. Between the pipes, it was Vitek Vanecek who earned the victory, after the Czechia native recorded 32 saves on 35 shots (2nd Star of the Game).

ALL-TIME vs DET

Record: 48-52-11-4
Home: 28-18-9-3
Road: 20-34-2-1

DID YOU KNOW…

The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs the Red Wings was in a 8-5 win vs Detroit on Mar. 9, 1985.

The most goals that the Devils allowed in a single game vs the Wings is eight, three times, with the last being on Feb. 9, 1993, in an 8- 5 loss at Detroit.

The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Detroit is 44, after a 1-1 tie on Feb. 12, 1990, in Jersey.

The most shots that the Devils/Rockies/Scouts allowed in a single game vs the Wings is 47, on Feb. 23, 1982, in Colorado.

The last time the Devils shut out the Wings was on Jan. 28, 2003, in a 1-0 win at Continental Airlines Arena.

The last time Detroit shut out the Devils was on Apr. 24, in a 3-0 loss at the Rock.”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Fri. Nov., 24, vs CBJ, 3:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Nov. 25, vs BUF, 7:00 P.M. E.T
Tue., Nov. 28, vs NYI, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Thu. Nov. 30, at PHI, 7:00 P.M. E.T.

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