New Jersey Devils Game 5 Preview: vs. Calgary Flames

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 23: Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center on October 23, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Sabres 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tale of the Tape:

Record: 3-1-0 (6 points, 7th in Metro)

The Opponent: Calgary Flames (3-1-1)

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (1-0-0) vs. Daniel Vladar (1-0-0)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, SN1

Calgary Flames

The Flames are on a hot streak coming into tonight’s game. Calgary has collected a point in their last four games and defeated the New York Rangers last night 5-1. The Flames dominated this game from start to finish as they handed New York their second regulation loss of the year.

With Jacob Markstrom staring last night, 24-year-old Daniel Vladar will be getting the start against New Jersey. Vladar only has six games of NHL experience under his belt and won his only start this season against the Washington Capitals.

Forward Blake Coleman will also make his first appearance at the Prudential Center since the 2020 trade that sent him from New Jersey to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

New Jersey Devils

Tonight marks the end of New Jersey’s five game homestand to start the season. In their last game, the Devils came out flat against a Buffalo Sabres team that was ready to play. After falling behind early, the Devils were able to get the game tied in the third period and scratch out a win on Pavel Zacha’s overtime goal.

Goaltender Nico Daws got his first career win against Buffalo and the team will be riding the hot hand tonight against Calgary. The 20-year-old goalie is a better option in net than Scott Wedgewood with Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier still recovering from their injuries.

For the third time this season, the Devils are getting a team on the second half of a back-to-back. Like in their prior contests, the goal must be to take advantage of potential fatigue outwork them in the earlier periods and dominate them later in the game.

Player to Watch: Ty Smith

Ty Smith made his season debut against Buffalo and had trouble getting up to speed early on in the game. Smith clearly got better as the game progressed. Tonight, Smith will be on the first pairing with Dougie Hamilton. Along with this promotion, Smith should also be expected to see some consistent power play time for the first time this season.

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