The Devils are in Sunrise, Florida to take on the Panthers tonight at BB&T Center in the first game of a three-game road trip. Here's what you need to know:
1) Cory Schneider gets the start again tonight. In his first seven games this season, he has a .941 save percentage and a 1.86 GAA. Tied with Washington, the Devils have allowed the second-lowest GAA in the league at 1.98 per game.
2) Before leaving for Florida the Devils recalled defenseman Vojtech Mozik from Albany, but while he looks to make the lineup at some point during this road trip, all signs point to it not being tonight. Head Coach John Hynes is going with the same lineup as Saturday against the Lightning, which will include Pavel Zacha, who is about to play his ninth game of the season. It's an important milestone because, while he can be returned to Sarnia of the OHL at any time this year, as soon as he plays his tenth game, the clock on his three year entry-level contract officially starts running. That, combined with the fact that he's yet to watch a game from the press box and has been solid on both ends of the ice in every game, is as good an indicator as any that the 19-year-old is here to stay.
3) The Devils made their season debut just three weeks ago against the Panthers and ultimately lost, 2-1, in overtime. While they've played great at home with a 4-0-1 record, they're looking to improve their 0-2-1 road record with a win tonight. While nothing major has changed since their first game of the season, a lot of the all-important "little things" have, like their level of discipline, a better understanding of the systems Hynes wants them to play, stronger commitment to team defense with an aggressive offensive attack, and a more effective power play. Look for all of that to be on display tonight.
For more Devils game preview content, listen to the Devils Tailgate podcast at noon and join Matt Loughlin and me for an afternoon edition of the Morning Report with Devils All-Access on Facebook Live at 1 p.m. Then, Kenny and I return at 6:15 p.m. for the Devils All-Access Pregame Show on Facebook live to bring you the latest information before the game gets underway. You can listen to tonight's action on WFAN or watch it on MSG+2. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.