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Devils Game Preview: Looking to Stay Hot vs. Flames

Tyler Toffoli and Yegor Sharangovich will face their former clubs for the first time since this summer’s player swap.

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Don’t look now, but the New Jersey Devils have won four of their last five games. Tonight’s Devils game is a story of old faces in new sweaters, as Tyler Toffoli returns to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since being exchanged for former New Jersey forward Yegor Sharangovich.

So far, the Devils are 2-0-0 on their four-game road trip. Facing off against the sub-.500 Calgary club, New Jersey is looking to stay hot in Calgary.

Let’s dive into tonight’s Devils game against the Flames.

How to Watch

Time: 04:00 PM      Watch/Stream: MSGSN      Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET

Projected Devils Lineup

Forwards

Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Tyler Toffoli

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Timo Meier – Dawson Mercer – Alexander Holtz

Brendan Smith – Michael McLeod – Curtis Lazar

Defensemen

Jonas Siegenthaler – Simon Nemec

Kevin Bahl – John Marino

Luke Hughes – Colin Miller

Goaltenders

Vitek Vanecek

Akira Schmid

Projected Flames Lineup

Forwards

Andrew Mangiapane – Elias Lindholm – Yegor Sharangovich

Connor Zary – Nazem Kadri – Martin Pospisil

Jonathan Huberdeau – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman

Jordan Oesterle – Adam Ruzicka – Dillon Dube

Defensemen

Mackenzie Weegar – Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev

Ilya Solovyov – Dennis Gilbert

Goaltenders

Dan Vladar

Dustin Wolf

Last Game

When was the last time we could say a New Jersey goaltender stole a win in a Devils’ game? New Jersey visited Seattle for their first meeting of the season. In the low-scoring affair, Ondrej Palat scored his fourth goal of the season to get things going. Tye Kartye evened the score early in the second period, however, Simon Nemec’s first career NHL goal regained the lead for the Devils and went on the be the eventual game-winning goal. Akira Schmid was excellent making 37 saves and accruing 2.22 goals saved above expected.

Player to Watch

Funny enough, the most goals scored vs. a single opponent (23) in Tyler Toffoli’s career comes against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks. However, the second most comes against another former team of the 31-year-old forward, scoring 15 goals in 39 career games against Calgary. Returning to the Saddledome for the first time since being traded to the Devils this summer, New Jersey’s leading goal-scorer is tonight’s player to watch.

Devils vs. Flames

According to the Devils PR, “The Devils and Calgary face-off for the first of two matchups in 2023-24.

Next: vs Calgary, Feb. 8th, 7:00 P.M.

The Devils were 2-0-0 last season against the Flames, which marked the first time since 1996-97 that the team was 2-0-0 vs Calgary in a single season.

ALL-TIME vs CGY

Record: 28-67-11-4
Home: 19-33-3-1
Road: 9-34-8-3

SINCE 1982-83…

The most goals that the Devils earned in a single game vs Calgary is seven, which was earned in a 7-5 win on Jan. 22, 1987, at the Meadowlands.

The most goals that the team allowed in a game in a game vs Calgary is nine (twice), and last logged on Mar. 12, 2019, after a 9-4 loss at Calgary.

The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Calgary is 46, which was earned on Jan. 22, 1986, in a 6-6 tie at Calgary.

The most shots that the Devils allowed in a single game against the Flames is 46, which was logged on Nov. 16, 1985, in a 7-2 loss at Calgary.

The last time that the Devils shut out Calgary was on Dec. 23, 200M7, in a 1-0 win at Calgary (M. Brodeur, 30 saves).

The last time that the Flames shut out New Jersey was on Apr. 7, 2014, in a 1-0 loss at the Rock (K. Ramo, 31 saves).”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sun. Dec. 10, at EDM, 4:00 P.M. E.T.
Wed., Dec, 13, vs BOS, 7:30 P.M. E.T.
Sat., Dec. 16, at CBJ, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sun. Dec. 17, vs ANA, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tue. Dec. 19, vs PHI, 7:00 P.M. E.T.

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