6 Facts to Know for Devils-Coyotes

The Devils continue their road trip tonight in Arizona.

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*Facts Courtesy of the New Jersey Devils

1 Good First Impression

Newly acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen led the Devils in ice time (23:13) and was a fixture on the team’s second power play group alongside Damon Severson at the point.

Don’t be surprised to see him on the first power play unit with Will Butcher tonight.

2 Going Back To Back

The Devils will be playing the second half of a back-to-back after Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Avalanche. New Jersey is 4-1-0 in the second game of back-to-back contests this season.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes are playing the first half of a back-to-back tonight, as they have a date with the Golden Knights Sunday in Vegas.

3 Battle of the Backups

After Cory Schneider started last night, Keith Kinkaid will be in net tonight. Kinkaid’s last start came against the Red Wings a week ago, a 4-3 overtime win. For the season, he has a 5-1-1 record with a 3.04 GAA and a .906 SV%.

In the opposing net will be Kinkaid’s former teammate Scott Wedgewood. The Devils drafted Wedgewood 84th overall in 2010 and he appeared in four games with New Jersey (in 2015-16) before they traded him to Arizona in October.

Wedgewood made a career-high 41 saves in a losing effort on Thursday. He is 2-4-2 with a 2.99 GAA and a .906 SV% with Arizona this season.

4 Last Time They Met

These teams played on October 28 in Newark, with the Devils winning a 4-3 thriller.

Taylor Hall scored two goals to pace the Devils while Jesper Bratt scored the game-winner with 4:13 remaining.

5 Bratt Pack

Speaking of Bratt, he scored New Jersey’s first goal and assisted on Boyle’s game-winner for his fourth multi-point game of the season.

The 19-year-old rookie has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists), which ranks fourth on the Devils. He is tied for first among rookies with three power play goals.

6 Road Warriors

The Devils have dominated away from Prudential Center this season and after last night’s win now have a 9-2-2 road record.

Twenty of their 34 points this season (58.8%) are from road games and they rank second in the NHL in road goals with 48.