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With three points on Friday against Toronto, Jesper Bratt is finding chemistry with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Jesper Bratt had a goal and two assists on Friday against Toronto, showing the start of budding chemistry with linemates Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. 

"They're awesome players to play with. They're fast, they're skilled, we think hockey the same way," said Bratt. "When we play like we did yesterday with a lot of speed, we've got to keep that going."

Bratt added that puck possession has been key to the success of his line. 

"We know what makes us better players ourselves. The harder we work and the more we hunt the puck in the O-zone and neutral zone the more time we're going to spend in the O-zone. We don't have to go back into the D-zone."

Video: RAW | Jesper Bratt

Hischier's goal is a perfect example of the chemistry that the line has developed, with Bratt's seeing-eye pass to Hischier in the slot. 

"I saw him before I got the puck that he was empty in the slot. I knew that their forward was a little too wide to catch him so I was trying to surprise the other team to make that pass. Nico was in a great spot.

"Bratt said one of his keys to finding consistency is to improve the way that he refocuses prior to each game. 

"We play a lot of games. Sometimes after a good game you think the League is easier than it is. It's something you've got to learn and it's something I've learned in my third year here."

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