The Devils embark on a quick one-game road trip to Buffalo tonight to recover from Wednesday’s loss to Toronto, their first in 14 games.
You can watch on MSGSN or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.
Read the match preview below and check for Lindy Ruff’s media availability at 6pm for videos, lineup updates, our pre-game story and more.
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BUFFALO, New York. – Check back after Lindy Ruff’s media availability at 6pm for a full report.
DEVIL (16-4-0) at SABERS (9-11-0)
TV: 8:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSGSN
head to head
The Devils will play the Sabers three times this season, with the other two meetings taking place in March and April.
Last season, New Jersey won two of the three matches. 2-1 in overtime at the Prudential Center in October and 4-3 at the KeyBank Center in December. Buffalo won 5-2 in New Jersey in April.
Four Devils had one goal and two assists for three points: Dougie Hamilton, Jesper Brat, Yegor Sharangovich and Jack Hughes.
Tage Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin and Victor Olofsson led the Sabers by four points each.
Scope of the Devils team:
The Devils are off to a great start this season. Despite losing their first two games, they are 16-4-0 in 20 competitions and have won 16 of their last 18. They had an opportunity to equal a franchise-record 14 straight wins at home to Toronto on Wednesday, but came just short in a 2-1 loss.
The club are number one in the Metropolitan Division, six points ahead of the New York Islanders. They’re two points behind Boston for the best record in the NHL.
Scope of the Sabers team:
Buffalo also had a good start to the season, leading 7-3-0 in the first 10 games. After that, however, they lost eight times in a row, dropping their record to 7-11-0.
In the past week they seem to be getting back on track. In back-to-back games, the Sabers beat St. Louis 7-2 in Montreal and then 6-2 at home.
The Sabers are five points behind Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tage Thompson – the brother of Devils Talent Tyce Thompson – leads the club with 13 goals and 26 points in 20 games, while defender Rasmus Dahlin is second with eight goals and 23 points in 19 games.
Using the numbers:
Alex Tuch has 10 points in his last five games to lead the Sabers in this category. Jack Hughes is the Devils’ leading points-scorer in the last five with six. Jeff Skinner has scored six goals in that span. … Buffalo has a strong power play and is seventh in the NHL at 26.2%, but his penalty shootout is weak at 72.7% for 28th in the league. Sabers is also strong overall offensively, scoring third in the NHL with 3.75 goals per game. Devils are fourth at 3.70. However, the Devils are second in the league and allow 2.30 clean sheets while the Sabers sit 24th at 3.50.
Jonathan Bernier (Hip – IR)
Ondrej Palat (Bar – IR)
Mackenzie Blackwood (Sprained MCL – IR)
Rasmus Asplund (Upper Body – Day by Day)
Eric Comrie (undisclosed – IR)
Kyle Okposo (Lower Body – IR)