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Devils Game Preview at Oilers: Game Notes, How to Watch, Projected Lines, & More

The Devils a 3/3 on their four-game road trip, meanwhile, the Oilers are winners of six straight games.

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The New Jersey Devils are looking to break out the brooms tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. New Jersey is currently 3-0-0 on their four-game Western road trip and can sweep with a victory tonight.

Propelled by their captain since his return from injury, the Devils have turned a corner and are 6-1 in their last seven games. They run into a hot Oilers team, however, as they’ve won their last six games and continue to try to crawl out of the NHL’s basement, proving they’ve returned to last year’s form.

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

How to Watch

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

Projected Devils Lineup

Forwards

Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Tyler Toffoli

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Timo Meier – Dawson Mercer – Curtis Lazar

Alexander Holtz – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian

Defensemen

Jonas Siegenthaler – Simon Nemec

Kevin Bahl – John Marino

Luke Hughes – Colin Miller

Goaltenders

Akira Schmid

Vitek Vanecek

Projected Oilers Lineup

Forwards

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zach Hyman

Evander Kane – Leon Draisaitl – Connor Brown

Mattias Janmark – Ryan McLeod – Warren Foegele

Sam Gagner – James Hamblin – Derek Ryan

Darnell Nurse – Cody Ceci

Mattias Ekholm – Evan Bouchard

Brett Kulak – Vincent Desharnais

Stuart Skinner

Calvin Pickard

Last Game

Playing in the province of Alberta, the Devils defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 last night in Tyler Toffoli’s return to the Saddledome. Yegor Sharangovich opened the scoring against his former club, with a breakaway chance he finished on the backhand. However, the Devils charged back in the final 40 minutes, mounting that comeback in the second period. Goals from Devils captain Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt pushed New Jersey ahead of Calgary. An insurance goal, the eventual game-winner was scored by Alexander Holtz in the third period and later, Hischier hit the empty net to secure two points. Nazem Kadri added a late marker as well.

Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves. Dustin Wolf allowed four goals in 29 shots he faced.

Player to Watch

The Devils are 6-1 since the return of Nico Hischier from injured reserve. The Devils captain has accrued four goals and nine points in that span, propelling New Jersey in the standings as they creep closer to getting back into the playoff picture. The Swiss forward has 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in nine career games against the Oilers. Hischier is currently on a three-game goal streak (two goals, two assists).

Devils vs. Oilers

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

Next: vs Edmonton, Dec. 21, 7:30 P.M. E.T.

The Devils were 2-0-0 last season against the Oilers, which marked the first time since 2018-19 that New Jersey swept the Oilers in a regular-season series.

ALL-TIME vs EDM

Record: 37-37-9-5
Home: 21-18-3-3
Road: 16-19-6-2

SINCE 1982-83…

The most goals that the Devils earned in a single game vs Edmonton is eight, which was logged on Nov. 25, 1987, at Edmonton in an 8-7.

The most goals that the team allowed in a game in a game vs Edmonton is 13, which was logged on Nov. 19, 1983, after a 13-4 loss at Edmonton.

The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Edmonton is 43, which was earned on Nov. 3rd, 2022, in a 4-3 win at Edmonton.

The most shots that the Devils allowed in a single game against the Oilers is 47, which was logged on Dec. 17, 1982, in a 10-4 loss at Edmonton.

The last time that the Devils shut out Edmonton was Nov. 21, 2014, after a 2-0 win at Edmonton (C. Schneider, 29 saves).

The last time that the Oilers shut out New Jersey was on Nov. 8, 2019, after a 4-0 loss at Edmonton (M. Koskinen, 29 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. S
at. 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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