By: David Kolb
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (0-1-1) vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS (0-2-1)
Tonight the Devils return to Newark for their home opener, as they host the Anaheim Ducks for the first of two games between the clubs this season. The Devils begin the night 0-1-1 following a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, while the Ducks sit at 0-2-1 after a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday.
DEVILS KEY FOR SUCCESS
Captain Andy Green has played a team-high 22-plus minutes in each of his first two games this season, and has played most of those minutes against the other team’s top line. Tonight he’ll do it again trying to shut down Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry.
The Devils have only three goals in the first two games of the season and will need to support goalie Cory Schneider more offensively to achieve success.
KEY TO STOPPING ANAHEIM
The Devils will get the last change on home ice tonight and will key their matchups to focus on the Ducks top-6 forwards, as the bottom six Ducks’ forwards have combined for zero points through three games.
Getzlaf leads the Ducks in scoring with a goal and three assists, with a team leading 17 shots in three games. To limit his opportunities, the Devils’ defenders must close down space to limit shooting opportunities and get in Getzlaf’s shooting lane to deflect or block his shots.
Defenseman, Cam Fowler has become the Ducks’ workhorse on the backline, playing a whopping 26:42 against the Islanders on Sunday. Expect him to get those minutes tonight once again with the focus on stopping Taylor Hall, Michael Cammalleri and Kyle Palmieri.