JETS (1-0-0) at DEVILS (0-0-0)
TV: TSN3, MSG+ 2
Season series: The New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets split two games in 2014-15, with each team winning at home. On Oct. 30 at Prudential Center, Jacob Josefson's shootout goal gave the Devils a 2-1 win and ended their NHL-record 18-game shootout losing streak. Winnipeg won 3-1 at MTS Centre on Nov. 18.
Jets team scope: Ondrej Pavelec could start in net for the second straight game after making 29 saves Thursday in a 6-2 win against the Boston Bruins that ended Winnipeg's 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) at TD Garden. "We have to keep our heads level here and realize we have a lot better," forward Andrew Ladd told the Jets website. "There's still a ton of room for improvement, and hopefully we can do that [Friday] night." Forward Adam Lowry appeared to be hit in the hand by a shot in the third period and missed several shifts before returning. Winnipeg continues a four-game road trip in New Jersey, where it has earned at least a point in its past four games (2-0-2).
Devils team scope: John Hynes will make his NHL coaching debut. Hynes coached Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League for the past six seasons. New Jersey will look much different than last season. Forwards Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty, late-season additions with Winnipeg last season, are free agent acquisitions who will look to improve an offense that ranked 27th in the League in goals last season (176). Defensemen John Moore and David Schlemko, and forwards Sergey Kalinin, Brian O'Neill and Kyle Palmieri also are new additions. Forward Patrik Elias (knee) is out. Cory Schneider likely will start in goal.