New Jersey Devils Game 40 Preview: vs. Los Angeles Kings

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 22: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils scores during the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes on January 22, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)

Following Saturday’s wild win, the New Jersey Devils take on the Los Angeles Kings.

Tale of the Tape:

Record: 15-19-5 (35 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: Los Angeles Kings (20-16-5)

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (9-9-3) vs. Cal Petersen (8-6-1)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, BSW

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings come into tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak. In their last game, Los Angeles fell behind early and could never fully regroup as the Colorado Avalanche took the game 4-1. Goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss.

Cal Petersen is expected to get the start tonight. The 27-year-old goaltender struggled in his last start allowing five goals on 24 shots against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 15 starts this year, Peterson has an 8-6-1 record with a 2.74 GAA and .899 save percentage.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey stunned the Carolina Hurricanes last night as they put seven goals past rookie goaltender Jack LaFontaine in a 7-4 victory. 13 different players found the scoresheet in the team’s first win since January 6. Jon Gillies stopped 28 of 32 shots and collected his first win since April 2018.

Mackenzie Blackwood is expected to be in net tonight for the Devils. The 25-year-old goaltender has struggled lately as he’s allowed 17 goals over his last five games. This season, Blackwood has a 9-9-3 record with a 3.29 GAA and .894 save percentage.

Player to Watch: Andreas Johnsson

Andreas Johnsson broke out of his scoring slump in a big way last night recording three points in the victory. With 24 points on the season, Johnsson needs to find some consistency and become a viable scoring option on a nightly basis.

Expect the third line of Johnsson, Dawson Mercer, and Pavel Zacha, to have another strong game as the trio continues to build chemistry.

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