New Jersey Devils Game 8 Preview: at Anaheim Ducks

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 31: P.K. Subban #76 of the New Jersey Devils battles Jack Roslovic #96 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Prudential Center on October 31, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils begin their west coast road trip with a late-night meeting against the Anaheim Ducks.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 4-2-1 (9 points, 6th in Metro)

The Opponent: Anaheim Ducks (3-4-3)

Puckdrop: 10:00 PM ET

Venue: Honda Center

Expected Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier (3-0-0) vs. John Gibson (3-2-2)

Television Broadcasts: ESPN+

Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks have snagged four points in their last last three games and have not suffered a regulation loss since October 28. Their last outing was a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Ducks’ star goaltender John Gibson is expected to get the nod in net tonight. Gibson has allowed 21 goals through seven start this season while possessing a .906 save percentage.

Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf celebrated a large milestone during Sunday’s game becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in points. His 989th point was an assist on Troy Terry’s third-period goal which passed Getzlaf’s former teammate Teemu Selanne for most as a Duck.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are coming off a weekend that saw them take three out of four possible points. A bad turnover by defenseman Ty Smith in Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets sent the game to overtime where the Devils eventually lost in a shootout.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is expected to get his fourth start of the season to start the team’s first long road trip of the season. Bernier is undefeated on the young season allowing only seven goals through his first three games.

As mentioned earlier, the Devils are heading on their first road trip of the season. This trip sees the club face the three California teams over a five-day period. New Jersey’s only road game in the opening month was a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 30.

Player to Watch: P.K. Subban

After a tough start the beginning of the season, P.K. Subban had a bounce back weekend against Pittsburgh and Columbus which saw him rack up three assists. Subban is second in points among Devils’ defensemen and, on the defensive side, is tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 14.

Expect Subban to carry over his strong play from the weekend and, perhaps, record some more points while the team is in California.


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