Game Preview: Devils at Predators

By: David Kolb

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (10-7-6) @ NASHVILLE PREDATORS (11-8-3)

ENDING ROAD WOES

The Devils lost, 4-3, in their league-leading 11th overtime game Thursday in Chicago versus the Blackhawks. They begin the day 0-1-2 entering the final game of their four-game road trip today against the Nashville Predators.

A TO ZAJAC

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Travis Zajac is coming off his second hat-trick of his NHL career and his fourth multi-point game of the season Thursday in Chicago. He leads the Devils in goals (8) and points (18) and has four goals and four assists for eight points in his last five games.

JOHANSEN WATCH

Predators center Ryan Johansen has been sensational over the past four games, scoring three goals with three assists for seven points. Johansen is playing in his first full season in Nashville and will warrant close watch by the Devils’ defenders. No. 92 has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, and three goals and five assists on the power play.

HALL PASS

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in West Point, N.Y. The Panthers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Devils forward Taylor Hall (knee) was back in the lineup Thursday against Chicago but was unable to get his name on the scoresheet in 19:49 of ice-time. The explosive first-year Devil begins the day with five goals and seven assists for 12 points, with three tallies on the power play.

TIGHT MATCHUP

The Devils are 1-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena and are 3-2-1 versus the Predators overall since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. The Devils won their last meeting, 5-4, in overtime on Mar. 4, 2016 in Nashville, as  Adam Henrique scored the overtime winner.