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Game Preview: Devils at Jets

New Jersey concludes their seven-game road trip in Winnipeg tonight for a 7PM puck drop

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Tonight's contest is the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Winnipeg in 2018-19. In 2017-18, the Jets swept the Devils in their regular season series 2-0-0, outscoring New Jersey 8-4 in their season series. Tonight, the Devils will close out their longest road trip of the season (7) and are 1-5-0 through six games played.

Tonight's matchup marks New Jersey's first away game against a Western Conference team and Central Division opponent. The Devils are 1-1-1 against Central Division and 3-1-1 against Western Conference opponents this season.

Will Butcher (1G-2A), and Nico Hischier (1G-2A) led the Devils last season, with two points each in their regular season series matchup with the Jets. For Winnipeg, Nikolaj Ehlers (1G-2A), led his club with two points. Manitoba, Winnipeg native, Travis Zajac leads New Jersey with the most points (18) in his career as a Devil against the Jets/Thrashers.

Cory Schneider started both games against the Jets last season and is 3-6-1 in his career against Winnipeg. Keith Kinkaid has yet to start a game against the Jets in his career. For Winnipeg, Connor Hellebuyck started both games against the Devils, posting a 2-0-0 (4-1-0 career) record and a .949 SV%.

The Devils are 1-3-0 at Bell MTS Place, and 2-5-1 overall against the Jets since the 2014-15 season.

New Jersey and Winnipeg's second and final matchup will be on December 1, at Prudential Center.

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