New Jersey Devils Game 48 Preview: at St. Louis Blues

MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 08: Jon Gillies (32) of the New Jersey Devils tends net during the second period of the NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens on February 08, 2022, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC(Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils are looking to build off their last game as they take on the St. Louis Blues.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 16-26-5 (37 points, 8th in Metro)

The Opponent: St. Louis Blues (26-13-5)

Puckdrop: 8:00 PM ET

Venue: Enterprise Center

Expected Goaltenders: Jon Gillies (2-6-1) vs. Jordan Binnington (11-9-3)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+ 2, BSMW

St. Louis Blues

The Blues have not played since their loss to the Winnipeg Jets on January 29. In that game, Winnipeg scored four unanswered goals to take the game 4-1. Blues goaltender Ville Husso stopped 20 of 23 shots in his third regulator loss of the season.

Although they suffered a loss in their last outing, the Blues had a very strong January as they went 8-4-0. St. Louis comes into tonight’s game with a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games.

Jordan Binnington will make his 24th start of the season tonight. The 28-year-old has had his fair share of ups and downs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2019. Binnington has a 11-9-3 record on the year with a 3.27 GAA and .901 save percentage.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are coming off of Tuesday night’s dominating win over the Montréal Canadiens. In that game, New Jersey’s offense was plentiful as they put seven goals past goaltender Cayden Primeau to take the game 7-1. Devils goaltender Jon Gillies stopped 30 of 31 shots in his second win of the season.

13 different players recorded a point in the resounding victory. That includes forward Michael McLeod who potted a pair of goals for the second multiple-goal game of his career.

Gillies will get the start again tonight in St. Louis. The 28-year-old started one game for the Blues this year before being traded to New Jersey on December 15. Gillies has a 2-6-1 record on the year with a 3.15 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Player to Watch: Jesper Boqvist

Jesper Boqvist has been impressive since getting back into the lineup on January 27. In his last five games, Boqvist has three goals and two assists including two points against Montréal on Tuesday.

Hopefully, this brief stretch of games is the start of Boqvist’s breakout. The organization has been waiting for the 23-year-old to turn into an everyday player for several seasons and this is the best he’s looked in his young career. If Boqvist can continue his fine play then he should remain in the lineup and continue to get opportunities.


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