Keys to Tonight’s Devils-Wild Game

By: David Kolb

MINNESOTA WILD (3-1-0) @ NEW JERSEY DEVILS (1-2-1)

Wild Success

The Devils have not dropped a game at home against the Wild since the 2010-11 season and are 3-0-0 vs. Minnesota in Newark since the 2013-14 season. The Devils begin the 2016-17 season 7-1-1 all-time at home against the Wild and are 4-2-0 against Minnesota overall since 2013-14, including 2-0-0 last season.

Palmieri on Pace
New Jersey Devils' Kyle Palmieri in action during the third period of a hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Devils won 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
After failing to record a point in the season opener, Kyle Palmieri has points in three straight contests. The Smithtown, New York native, who tallied 30 goals last season, now has two goals and an assist in four games this season and finished 2015-16 with two assists in two contests against Minnesota.

Back Home

Devils’ 2003 first-round draft pick and former captain Zach Parise returns to Newark once again. Last season against his former club Parise tallied two assists in two games. Parise, despite not yet scoring a goal this season, has assists in three straight games entering tonight’s tilt.

Staal Proving Them Wrong

Former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has played above expectations for the Wild, scoring three goals in four games this season. In Thursday’s contest versus Toronto, Staal tallied two goals, including the game-winner with 8:07 remaining in the third period.

Greene on Ice
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Captain Andy Greene skated a team-high 23:43 versus the Bruins on Thursday and should collect big minutes again tonight. He’ll try and keep the Wild’s top line of Parise-Staal-Charlie Coyle at bay, as the trio has combined for 12 points in four games.