By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(8-6-3) host the New Jersey Devils(9-3-3) tonight at 7PM PT. The Ducks lost the first meeting of the season 2-1 in New Jersey.
The Ducks returned home and beat the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night by a score of 4-1. Randy Carlyle put Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson back together on the blue line in order to slow down Connor McDavid and it worked as he was held off the scoresheet. In fact, the only goal scored by the Oilers was redirected by Cam Fowler into the Anaheim net. The win propelled the Ducks into a first-place tie with the Oilers in terms of points.
Yesterday the Ducks traded center Michael Sgarbossa to Florida for right-wing Logan Shaw. It’s not clear if Shaw will be assigned to the Ducks or the San Diego Gulls. Chris Wagner was placed on waivers and already cleared them. He has not been assigned to the Gulls and still remains in Anaheim. Either one could play tonight in Anaheim. For more on the trade visit: Ducks Send Sgarbossa To Florida.
Tonight the Ducks will look to continue the momentum against the New Jersey Devils. The Ducks lost the previous meeting 2-1 in New Jersey. The Devils don’t score very many goals, but they don’t give up many as well. If the Ducks can jump on the Devils early, then they have a good chance at earning two points tonight.
Anaheim Projected Lineup
John Gibson (Probable)
New Jersey Outlook
The Devils enter this contest with a five-game winning streak. New Jersey defeated Carolina in two games, Buffalo also in two games, and most recently Dallas. The Devils are 9-3-3 and find themselves in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. Despite the good record the Devils are just behind the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. New Jersey is playing well but they are unfortunately in an ultra-competitive division.
The Devils will be without the services of Taylor Hall in this game. Yesterday he was placed on injured reserve after he underwent successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to be out for about a month. Hall will be missed as he was tied for the team lead in goals scored with five. P.A. Parenteau, who also has five goals and Travis Zajac, who has four goals, will need to pick up the slack for New Jersey. The Devils have scored 36 goals this season, which is 26th in the league. The Devils can’t afford to get behind early or they may not recover without Hall.
New Jersey Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)
Cory Schneider (Probable)
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