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Devils Game Preview vs. Red Wings: Game Notes, How to Watch, Projected Lines, & More

The Red Wings shut out the Devils in Motor City during their last meeting. New Jersey looks to get back on track tonight by coming away with two points in their final meeting this season with Detroit.



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The last time the New Jersey Devils plated the Detroit Red Wings, Motor City’s team shut them out for the first time since April 24th, 2022. New Jersey is looking to get back on track and win the season series in their final matchup of the season tonight.

On Thursday, the Devils put forth a discouraging effort against the Edmonton Oilers that left head coach Lindy Ruff visibly frustrated for the first time this season following a loss. After taking full responsibility, the Devils have stayed busy on the ice despite a busy week.

Detroit is 3-6-1 in their 10 games, cooling off after a hot start. For the first time this season, the Devils will see Patrick Kane in a Red Wings sweater. Kane has looked quite good despite Detroit’s struggles.

Let’s dive into the Devils’ game against the Red Wings tonight.

How to Watch

Time: 07:00 PM      Watch/Stream: MSGSN/MSG+      Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET

Projected Devils Lineup


Tyler Toffoli – Jack Hughes – Jesper Bratt

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Curtis Lazar

Timo Meier – Michael McLeod – Dawson Mercer

Chris Tierney – Erik Haula – Alexander Holtz


Jonas Siegenthaler – Simon Nemec

Kevin Bahl – John Marino

Brendan Smith – Luke Hughes


Vitek Vanecek

Akira Schmid

Projected Red Wings Lineup


Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Larkin – Patrick Kane

Joe Veleno – JT Compher – Lucas Raymond

Michael Rasmussen – Andrew Copp – David Perron

Robby Fabbri – Christian Fischer – Daniel Sprong


Shayne Gostisbehere – Moreitz Seider

Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry

Olli Maatta – Justin Holl


Michael Hutchinson

James Reimer

Last Game

The Devils gave two points away on Thursday when they hosted the Edmonton Oilers in their 6-3 loss. Ryan McLeod and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the first two goals of the game. Dawson Mercer ensured the Devils got on the board before the buzzer ended the first period. Vitek Vanecek buoyed New Jersey in the second period making multiple timely saves as Jonas Siegenthaler and Timo Meier tied, then gave the Devils the lead in the middle frame. However, a total meltdown in the third period saw Edmonton score three goals in 1:09 on the sticks of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Adam Erne. R. McLeod added his second goal of the game to ensure the Oilers’ lead.

Akira Schmid was pulled after two quick goals to start the first period. Vanecek ended the night by making 28 saves. Calvin Pickard picked up the win by stopping 23 pucks for the Oilers

Player to Watch

Timo Meier snapped a nine-game drought without a point after the Switzerland native tallied his sixth goal for the season on Thursday vs Edmonton. Meier has recorded goals in consecutive games this season, which was a three-game goal streak earned from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14 (3g-0a).

Devils vs. Red Wings

According to the Devils PR, “The Devils and Detroit conclude their 2023-24 season series, while Jersye’s team is 1-1-0 against Hockeytown this season. The team’s last outing against Detroit resulted in a 4-0 loss on the road via Nov. 22, 2023.


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


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 (M. Brodeur, 16 saves).

The last time Detroit shut out the Devils was on Nov. 22, 2023, in a 4-0 loss on the road (A. Lyon, 16 saves).”


Wed. Dec. 27, vs CBJ, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Fri. Dec. 29, at OTT, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Dec. 30, at BOS, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Wed. Jan. 3, at WSH, 7:30 P.M. E.T.

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