New Jersey Devils Game 17 Preview: vs. Minnesota Wild

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Mathieu Joseph #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning has his shot saved by goalie Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Amalie Arena on November 20, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coming off of a comeback win in Tampa, the New Jersey Devils look to carry momentum into their matchup with the Minnesota Wild.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 8-5-3 (19 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: Minnesota Wild (9-3-3) – FHN Site: In The Wild

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (3-1-1) vs. Cam Talbot (9-5-0)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, BSN, BSWI+

Minnesota Wild

The Wild are picking up where they left off last season. Minnesota has 11 wins in their first 18 games as a result of their scoring abundance. They are among the league’s best at scoring averaging 3.5 goals per game.

In their last outing against the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Joel Eriksson Ek tied the game and earned Minnesota a point. The wild would go on to lose the game 5-4 in a shootout.

Starting goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to get the start against New Jersey. The 34-year-old has not been overly impressive but, because of the team’s offense, that has not mattered. Talbot comes into tonight’s game with a 9-5-0 record with a 2.95 GAA and .905 save percentage.

The Wild will be without captain Jared Spurgeon for tonight’s matchup. The Minnesota captain is considered week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are coming off an absolute rollercoaster of a game against the Lightning on Saturday. New Jersey erased a 3-1 deficit with four goals in the third period taking the game 5-3.

In the win, forward Yegor Sharangovich recorded his first points since the October 23 game against Buffalo. The 23-year-old forward has been in the midst of a sophomore slump and this three-point game, that included the game-winning-goal, should help him get going.

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was also a rock down the stretch in Tampa. Blackwood kept the game close with a 2-on-0 save and got a piece of Brayden Point’s penalty shot to keep the Devils’ one-goal lead.

New Jersey is expected to turn back to the 24-year-old netminder against Minnesota. Blackwood carries a 3-1-1 record with a 3.03 GAA and .921 save percentage into tonight.

Player to Watch: Yegor Sharangovich

Saturday was exactly the game that Sharangovich needed. The struggling forward scored his first two goals of the season and looked like the same dangerous player he was all last season.

This year has not been easy for Sharangovich. He has noticeably struggled since frequent linemate Jack Hughes dislocated his shoulder in the second game of the season. Many are hoping that the goals will start to flow for him after finally breaking through in Tampa Bay.

Expect Sharangovich to play with a good amount of jump in tonight’s game and pick-up right where he left off on Saturday.

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