The New Jersey Devils conclude their home stand with a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks.
Record: 21-32-5 (47 points, 7th in Metro)
The Opponent: Anaheim Ducks (27-24-9) – FHN Site: On the Pond
Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Prudential Center
Expected Goaltenders: Nico Daws (5-4-0) vs. John Gibson (17-17-8)
Television Broadcasts: MSG+, BSSD, NSSC
The Ducks come into tonight having lost five of their last seven games. Their most recent game being a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
In that loss, Anaheim was able to cut the lead to one with just under six minutes left before a pair of goals from Nashville’s Colton Sissons and Matt Duchene put the game away. Goaltender John Gibson made 26 saves in his 17th regulation loss of the season.
Gibson is expected to start tonight against New Jersey. The struggling goaltender has not been the same since the All-Star break. The 28-year-old has a 2-7-0 record with 5.34 GAA and .837 save percentage since returning from his third All-Star Game. On the season, Gibson has a 17-17-8 record with a 3.00 GAA and .907 save percentage as well as one shutout.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils are coming off a game where they where they had significant trouble trying to solve goaltender Eric Comrie. Jack Hughes was the only player able to put a goal past Comrie as the Winnipeg Jets took the game 2-1. Kyle Connor’s second period breakaway goal ended up being the deciding one as offense was hard to come by.
Nico Daws is expected to make a his seventh consecutive start tonight. The 21-year-old has come in and corrected some of the club’s goaltending struggles over the past couple weeks. Daws has 5-4-0 record this season with 2.68 GAA and .909 save percentage.
While captain Nico Hischier did not take part in the morning skate, head coach Lindy Ruff said he skated on his own this morning and is questionable for tonight’s game.
Player to Watch: Jack Hughes
Hughes gets to matchup against Trevor Zegras for the first time in their careers. The pair of friends have been taking the league by storm this season and share the ice for the first time since the All-Star Skills Competition.
Hughes comes into tonight’s game with points in 13 consecutive home games and trails only Patrik Elias (17 games) for the longest home point streak in franchise history. Expect the young superstar to keep his extraordinary play going as he looks to one-up his good friend.