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Devils suffer first road loss of the season in Edmonton

10 Takeaways: Devils fall to the Oilers 6-3

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /
EDMONTON, AB - It was bound to happen eventually.
The New Jersey Devils lost on the road for the first time this NHL season, defeated by the Edmonton Oilers, 6-3. Taylor Hall had a goal against his former team as the Devils continued their Western Canada road swing.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game.

1. Friday's game was the Oilers' Hockey Fights Cancer night at Rogers Place. The Oilers held a ceremonial puck drop to mark the occasion and invited New Jersey's Brian Boyle to take part in the faceoff, acknowledging his brave fight with chronic myeloid leukemia. Boyle went on to play in only his second game of the season. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Stick-tap to the @EdmontonOilers for letting @BriBrows22 be a part of tonight's #HockeyFightsCancer ceremonial puck drop! #NJDvsEDM ����������������

2. Hall returned to the city he called home for six seasons. In his second game back in Edmonton, Hall scored the Devils' first goal of the game, his first against his former team. The goal was Hall's fourth of the year and his team-leading 16th point. Miles Wood assisted on the goal for his fifth point of the year. 

3. Hall was on a mission on Friday night, leading the Devils in shots with six. All four first-overall picks on the ice picked up a point in the game. Nico Hischier finished with an assist, Ryan Nugent Hopkins had an empty net goal and Connor McDavid finished with three assists. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: The Bratt's got range. #NJDvsEDM

4. Jesper Bratt scored the fifth goal of his career to tie the game 2-2 at 5:02 of the second period. Hischier assisted on the goal, his first point in four games. Hischier's assist got this reporter out of her seat, as she picked Hischier as her player to watch in the team's game-day video segment. You can find out why below.

Tweet from @NJDevils: �� @AmandaCStein and @MattLoug discuss why @NicoHischier and Cory Schneider are tonight's �� players to watch. #NJDvsEDM

5. The Devils struggled in the faceoff circle Friday. After two periods, the Devils had won just 21 percent of their faceoffs, winning just 8 of 31 opportunities. New Jersey finished the night winning just 33 percent of their faceoffs. 

6. The Devils struggled in the shot department, especially in the second frame. The Oilers outshot the Devils, 19-9, and scored two goals in the second period. 

7. The Devils were given no time to work on their new power play formations. The Oilers' only penalty of the night was five minutes for fighting for Milan Lucic. That penalty was off-set by Dalton Prout who received the same penalty. 

8. Friday marked the first time the Devils have lost a game on the road in the 2017-18 NHL season. Prior to Friday's game, the team had won five consecutive road games. They were the last remaining team in the NHL to go undefeated on the road.

9. Earlier on Friday, the team announced Marcus Johansson has a concussion that was sustained on his first shift against Vancouver on Wednesday night. With Johansson out, coach John Hynes elected to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in his lineup against the Oilers.  

10. The Devils and Oilers will meet again in less than a week's time. Edmonton will visit New Jersey next Thursday, Nov. 9, the Devils' WWE Night. Tickets are available for purchase.

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