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Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Devils

The Red Wings are the game, and revenge is the name. The Devils look to extend a winning run against a Red Wings team that beat them during the road trip. Here’s the preview

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
Hopefully the cold streak has ended, with the Devils coming off two wins in a row.
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The Matchup: Detroit Red Wings (8-9-2 SBNation; Winging it in Motown) at the New Jersey Devils (8-8-1)

The Time: 1:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+

Revenge?: The Devils, thankfully back at home, look to get revenge on this Red Wings team that beat them during the Devils’ miserable road trip. The Devils are fresh off two wins against the Pennsylvania teams, and are thankfully at home. The season is a tale of two sides, with the Devils one of the best teams at home, and one of the worst on the road. In their recent game against Carolina, they got a shutout from Keith Kinkaid and four to five posts from Keith Kinkaid’s net. Joey Anderson got the first goal of his NHL career — the game winner, while Kyle Palmieri recorded a goal and an assist, with Blake Coleman leading in points with a goal and two assists. Travis Zajac and Brett Seney were the other point scorers. Jesper Bratt is still working his way back from injury, but was much more lively on the puck. He was robbed by Elliott on a great opportunity, and he should hopefully get his first goal soon.

Red Wings: The Red Wings have been... good of late. They are 7-3-0 in their last 10, which helps their dreadful start. Before losing the last game against the Senators, they had pulled off four straight wins. Their leading scorer is Dylan Larkin, who has 7 goals and 11 assists. Gustav Nyquist and Andreas Athanasiou are the next leading scorers, with 15 and 12 points respectably. Other than that, Frans Nielsen and Tyler Bertuzzi have helped provide some depth scoring. They’re 25th and 22nd in terms of goals scored and goals assist. The Devils can beat this team if they play consistently, but that’s a big if.

Game-Time Decisions: The lineup may be the same as last game’s, parring a decision on Nico Hischier and Sami Vatanen. A return of both of those players would be helpful, assuming they’re fully-fit, but we’ll see what happens game time.

News Around the League: Former Devil John Moore is day-to-day with an injury for the injury-plagued Bruins D-men.

Ryan Strome is now a Ranger. The former Islander was traded in a one-on-one for Ryan Spooner.

Your Thoughts?: Who do you think will win? Who will score first? Let me know in the comments below, and take care.