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New Jersey Devils vs. Edmonton Oilers Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019


The Edmonton Oilers have cooled off after a scorching hot start to the season and will look to get moving in a positive direction again when they host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. The Oilers won seven of the season's first eight contests, but have suffered six losses in their last nine outings (3-4-2) after failing the test against reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis 5-2 on Wednesday.

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"This was a lesson for us," Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom told reporters after Wednesday's setback. "This was a playoff game and obviously we have a long way to go. It was a tight game, and we took some stupid penalties and that cost us. ... They are solid in all three zones and we have to find a way to win these games." Two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid (398 career points) scored on the power play late in regulation and Leon Draisaitl registered the deciding goal in the shootout for a 4-3 victory at New Jersey on Oct. 10 after losing at home against the Devils last March. New Jersey saw its four-game point streak (2-0-2) come to an end Thursday after giving up the final four goals of the contest in a 5-2 setback at Calgary despite another big night from rookie Jack Hughes. The 18-year-old center had a goal along with an assist in the loss and boasts all of his nine points in the last eight games, scoring four times in the past seven outings.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New Jersey), Sportsnet West (Edmonton)

ABOUT THE DEVILS (4-6-4): Left wing Taylor Hall helped set up Hughes' goal Thursday and leads the team with 14 points (12 assists) while Kyle Palmieri is the only other New Jersey player in double figures with 10. Nikita Gusev, a 27-year-old rookie from Russia, notched his fourth goal of the season in his second game back after being a healthy scratch in three straight and defenseman Will Butcher recorded his fourth assist in five games Thursday. Mackenzie Blackwood made 33 saves against Calgary in his fourth straight start and struggling Cory Schneider (0-3-1) could be called upon for his first start since giving up seven in an overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 30.

ABOUT THE OILERS (10-5-2): One of the question marks for Edmonton when the season began was secondary scoring and, after a hot start to the season, that is becoming a concern again. Draisaitl (13), James Neal (11) and McDavid (8) have 68 percent of the goals and 53 percent of the points while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - a 28-goal scorer last season - has one and fellow forward Alex Chiasson is looking for his first tally after recording a career-best 22 in 2018-19. Colby Cave got sent to AHL Bakersfield and fellow forward Tomas Jurco was waived Thursday, meaning forwards Josh Archibald, Riley Sheahan and Joakim Nygard are close to returning from injuries.

OVERTIME

1.The Devils had at least one power-play goal in six straight contests before going 0-for-6 combined in the last two games.

2. Edmonton RW Zack Kassian boasts a team-best plus-10 rating after combining for a minus-14 over the previous two seasons.

3. Hall has a goal and two assists in six games against the Oilers, who drafted him first overall in the 2010.

Prediction

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Rogers Place
Edmonton, Alberta, CAN.
Capacity: 18,641

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Last Injuries

Edmonton Oilers

  • Joakim Nygard

    Ribs
    Ques Tues | I-R

    Nygard is on the injured reserve list due to a rib injury. It remains to be seen if he will come off the IR in time for Tuesday's tilt against the Sharks.

  • Brandon Manning

    Face
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Manning missed his second straight game with a facial laceration, and his availability against the Sharks on Tuesday is up in the air.

  • Riley Sheahan

    Upper Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Sheahan sat out his third straight game due to an upper-body injury, but he is likely to return Friday versus the Devils.

  • Josh Archibald

    Foot
    Prob Fri | probable

    Archibald has been activated from the injured reserve list after a fractured right foot, and he is projected to suit up for Friday's game versus the Devils.

New Jersey Devils

  • Sami Vatanen

    Upper Body
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Vatanen was held out of the previous game with an upper-body injury, and it is uncertain if it will impede his status for Wednesday's matchup against the Senators.

  • Jesper Bratt

    Upper Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Bratt has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with an upper body injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Friday against the Oilers.

  • Will Butcher

    Upper Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Buchter has been activated from injured reserve due to an upper-body injury, and he is expected to return Wednesday against the Lightning.

edmonton-oilers Stats 2019-2020

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new-jersey-devils Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
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Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS