The New Jersey Devils finish up their road trip with a matchup against the Edmonton Oilers.
Record: 22-34-5 (49 points, 7th in Metro)
The Opponent: Edmonton Oilers (34-23-4)
Puckdrop: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Place
Expected Goaltenders: Jon Gillies (3-9-1) vs. Mikko Koskinen (22-9-3)
Television Broadcasts: MSG, SN
The Oilers come into tonight’s game having won their last four games. In their last game against the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton dominated all three periods and never let Buffalo going to take the game 6-1.
Edmonton has scored 21 goals over the last four games. This incredible scoring stretch is being led by Connor McDavid who has eight points in the last four games.
Goaltender Mikko Koskinen will start today for the Oilers. The 33-year-old has had a rollercoaster of a season as he comes into tonights’ game with a 3.04 GAA and .904 save percentage to go with his 22-9-3 record.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey has dropped the first two games of the Western Canada road trip losing both games 6-3. The Devils could not keep up with the Calgary Flames in their last time out. New Jersey was able to tie the game after allowing two first period goals but could not keep up with Calgary in back half.
Goaltender Nico Daws was pulled for the second consecutive game after allowing four goals on nineteen shots. Jon Gillies stopped 19 of 20 in his second straight relief appearance.
Gillies is expected to be in net today for New Jersey. In 16 appearances this season, the 28-year-old has a 3-9-1 record with a 3.64 GAA and .888 save percentage.
There is some uncertainty on who will be in the lineup today for the Devils as many players are dealing with an illness. Amanda Stein confirmed that several players missed yesterday’s practice because of their health.
Player to Watch: Andreas Johnsson
Andreas Johnsson will be in the lineup today after missing Thursday’s game with an eye laceration. With head coach Lindy Ruff concerned with the amount of forwards able to play, Johnsson’s role becomes more important.
Expect Johnsson to play a on the team’s second line in an advanced role and get some time on the team’s second power play unit.