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Game Preview: Ducks at Devils

Coming off a strong win against the Stars, the Devils look to match that performance against the Ducks.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils
Taylor Hall fights for position against the Ducks
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Home sweet home for Adam Henrique, who we welcome back to New Jersey as he faces off against his home club. Here’s the preview.

The Matchup: Anaheim Ducks (14-11-8 SBNation; Anaheim Calling) vs. the New Jersey Devils (18-9-5)

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+

Devils Coming Back: As updated by Andrew Gross of The Record

This is obviously huge news for this Devils team. Hall’s injury evidently wasn’t very serious, as he missed only two games, but his return to the lineup is huge. He’s been arguably (alongside Cory Schneider) the most important player for this Devils team. He has 11 goals and 20 assists on the year, and is a bonafide star player.

Kyle Palmieri has been injured since November 20th, and his return will be huge as well. He’s only played 13 games due to an array of injuries, but he has 9 points in those 13 games. He’s had 50+ points for the Devils the past two years, and his solid scoring record will definitely help this Devils team.

Marcus Johansson is still a maybe for this game.

Henrique’s Return: Welcome back to the Devils hero, Adam Henrique! It takes a lot to get a lot, as giving up Henrique for defenseman Sami Vatanen surely stunned some. The longtime Devil has performed well with Anaheim, with 6 points in 8 games, but he’s been help scoreless in his last three. He deserves a heavy round of applause in his return to New Jersey.

Other Ducks: The usual suspects lead this Ducks team. Corey Perry, while the goals aren’t coming, still leads the team in points. He has 6 goals and 16 assists in 31 games. The top goal scorer is a tie between Rakell and Silfverberg, who both have 8 goals. Stud defenseman Brandon Montour has 6 goals , while waiver-wire pickup Derek Grant has 7. Ryan Getzlaf, who’s been injured for the majority of the year, has 9 points in 9 games, with only one of them being a goal.

The Ducks have struggled on offense this year, so if the Devils could score quick and early, this game should be winnable.

Starting Goalies?: Nothing out yet, but expect Schneider for the Devils. John Gibson should be starting for the Ducks. On the year, Gibson is 10-10-4, with a .921 save percentage. Those are solid numbers.

Just as an aside, Ryan Miller has been scary good. He’s 3-0-4 on the year, with a .945 save percentage. Whichever goalie the Devils face will be quality.

Transactions?: Nick Lappin was sent down. That’s all for now. (Maybe) expect some changes tomorrow though.

So...: Who do you think will win this game? Who will score for the Devils? Let me know in the comments below, and take care guys!