The New Jersey Devils welcome the red-hot Florida Panthers to town to start off a three-game homestand.
Tale of the Tape
Record: 5-3-2 (12 points, 7th in Metro)
The Opponent: Florida Panthers (10-1-1)
Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Prudential Center
Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (0-0-1) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (6-0-0)
Television Broadcasts: ESPN+, Hulu
The Panthers tried to overcome a four-goal deficit last night against the New York Rangers, but their comeback bid fell just short as they lost the game 4-3. This game was the first time all season that Florida had lost a game in regulation.
The expectation is that Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start tonight in New Jersey since Spencer Knight played last night. Bobrovsky seems to be back to his Vezina caliber form carrying a perfect 6-0-0 record with wa 1.72 GAA and .948 save percentage this year.
Bobrovsky is, however, battling an upper-body injury and is expected to be a game-time decision tonight after not dressing in the club’s last two contests.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey has a point in four of their last five games and they’re looking to continue that trend against the league’s best. The Devils took three out of six points in California and wrapped up their trip with a 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood will be making his second appearance of the season tonight for the Devils. In his last time out, Blackwood allowed three goals on 29 Los Angeles Kings’ shots.
New Jersey’s power play woes continued in California as they have no goals in their last 13 attempts over their last three games. Rookie forward Alex Holtz has shown off his wicked wrist shot in his first two NHL games. Although he is yet to find the back of the net, the goals will come for Holtz, hopefully on the power play, if he continues to shoot.
Player to Watch: Jesper Boqvist
Jesper Boqvist has been called up, along with Tyce Thompson, and is on the Devils’ roster for the first time this season after an impressive start to the season with the Utica Comets of the AHL. Boqvist has eight points (2G, 6A) in seven games with the Utica this year.
Expect Boqvist to slot into the bottom six role left vacant by Frederik Gauthier after he was sent down to Utica. Boqvist needs to have an impact on the roster in what could be his last chance at the NHL level with New Jersey.