New Jersey Devils Game 53 Preview: vs Vancouver Canucks

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 25: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils controls the puck under pressure from Kirby Dach #77 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at United Center on February 25, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Hughes brothers match up for the third time in their careers as the New Jersey Devils take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 18-29-5 (41 points, 7th in Metro)

The Opponent: Vancouver Canucks (26-22-6) – FHN Site: Fear The Orca

Puckdrop: 7:30 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (2-1-0) vs. Jaroslav Halak (2-5-2)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, SNP

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver comes into tonight’s game on a three-game win streak after beating the New York Rangers last night 5-2. In that game, the Canucks were able to put four shots past Alexander Georgiev before adding an empty net goal to their total.

Defenseman Tyler Myers scored his first goal of the season and goaltender Thatcher Demko recorded his second assist of the year while stopping 31 of 33 shots.

The Canucks made news in December when they fired Travis Green and hired Bruce Boudreau as head coach. That moment seemed to be a turning point for the club as they have a record of 18-7-4 since the move. They currently sit three points behind the Dallas Stars for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start tonight as Vancouver continues their pursuit of Dallas. Halak has struggled this season for the Canucks. In 11 appearances, the 36-year-old has 2-5-2 record with a 2.93 GAA and .899 save percentage.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey is coming off a back-to-back where they scored 11 goals. Unfortunately, the team was only able to win one of those games as they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday 8-5.

That game saw a rough performance from goaltender Jon Gillies who allowed six goals on 35 shots. Chicago forwards Patrick Kane and Brandon Hagel each recorded a hat trick to hand the Devils their seventh loss in their last 10 games.

Nico Daws is expected to be back in net tonight for New Jersey. The 21-year-old stopped 37 of 38 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday to record his second career win. In five appearances this year, Daws has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.64 GAA and .906 save percentage.

Player to Watch: Jack Hughes

Once again, Jack Hughes will be the player to watch tonight as he goes up against his brother Quinn. Hughes’ only goal in two games against Vancouver was the first of his career in November 2019.

Hughes comes into tonight’s game carrying a six-game point streak. The 20-year-old has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his last 10 games as he’s been the leader of the team’s offense. Hughes has recorded a goal and five assists in his last two games alone.

Hughes will, undoubtedly, look to put on a show against his brother as he’ll be leaned on to provide offense on the team’s top line.

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