New Jersey Devils Game 25 Preview: vs. Nashville Predators

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 08: Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils is congratulated by Jonathan Bernier #45 and the rest of the bench after he scored a goal during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on December 08, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight the New Jersey Devils are wearing their newly designed third jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Following a win on Wednesday night, the New Jersey Devils welcome the Nashville Predators for their second meeting in two weeks.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 10-9-5 (25 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: Nashville Predators (15-10-1) – FHN Site: Smashville Bites

Puckdrop: 7:30 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (5-3-3) vs. Juuse Saros (11-8-1)

Television Broadcasts: ESPN+, HULU

Nashville Predators

Tonight’s game will be the second half of a back-to-back for the Nashville. Yesterday, the Predators got a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders. Third period goals from Yakov Trenin and Eeli Tolvanen gave Nashville the win over a struggling Islanders team.

Backup goaltender Dave Rittich got the win last night for the Predators which means Juuse Saros will be in net tonight. Saros has established himself as a starting goaltender in this league and brings a 11-8-1 record with 2.37 GAA as well as a .921 save percentage into tonight’s matchup.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey handed the Philadelphia Flyers their 10th straight loss on Wednesday. Goals from Jesper Bratt, Dawson Mercer, and Michael McLeod proved more than enough for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood recorded his second shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory.

The Devils look to carry that momentum over to tonight’s game. Blackwood is expected to get the start again tonight as his workload is expected to increase with Jonathan Bernier being placed on injured reserve and Akira Schmid being called up from Utica this morning.

Player to Watch: Jesper Bratt

Bratt has been a force for New Jersey this season. After some struggles at the start of the year, the 23-year-old forward has 22 points in his last 19 games including an absolute snipe of a goal on Wednesday.

Bratt has been the most consistent forward over the last couple of weeks. The top line of Bratt, Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt will be relied on again tonight to generate some scoring chances.

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