The Devils are back out on the ice, just 24 hours after facing the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. This time New Jersey is in Montreal to take on the Canadiens.
The group of players that faced the Rangers gets the rest, while those who were out of action last night get a shot against the Habs.
Nico Hischier will play in his second preseason game, his first on the road and against an Original Six opponent. Hischier says his nerves are a little more relaxed after getting in a first preseason game earlier this week, and that he's excited to play in an Original Six city. Hischier will have different linemates than those of his first game: He'll center the second line with Stefan Noesen and Jesper Bratt on his wings.
Of the veterans, Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Marcus Johansson all get in a second game. Just like the preseason opener, Johansson will center a line with Hall and Palmieri on his wings. Hall said he has enjoyed playing with Johansson, but he needs to adapt and give time for chemistry to build. He also specifically asked to play in the game against Montreal. His family lives in Kingston, Ontario - a few hours away from Montreal - and will be at the game along with four other guests.
2016 third-round pick Brandon Gignac will make his preseason debut. A native of Repentigny, Quebec, Gignac will be in his home province tonight. Coach John Hynes said he is happy to give him a start in his home province, but also stressed that he earned the start with his work habits and what he has shown throughout the course of training camp. It will be a first game for Gignac at the Bell Centre, and he'll have plenty of family and friends in the arena. Gignac acquired 20 tickets for the Thursday night matchup. Expected at the game are his parents, girlfriend and lots of other family and friends.
Goaltending duties will be shared by Keith Kinkaid and Ken Appleby. Hynes confirmed that Kinkaid will start and likely play more than half the game in Montreal.