The Devils (16-18-8) are in Edmonton to take on the Oilers (21-15-7) at Rogers Place tonight. Here's what you need to know:
1) Taylor Hall, who was recently announced as the Devils representative in the NHL All-Star Game later this month, will play in his first game in Edmonton since the blockbuster trade this past summer that brought him to New Jersey and sent Adam Larsson to the Oilers. He met with the local media after practice on Wednesday and said he is ready to play, hopeful for a warm reception from the fans and a New Jersey win.
2) Cory Schneider will get the start in net, but Head Coach John Hynes won't be announcing any lineup news until after morning skate. The Devils recently recalled Blake Coleman, who is expected to make his NHL debut, and Karl Stollery, who is slated to make his Devils debut. With back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, Coach Hynes said both would get into the lineup, but he wasn't sure for which game. It's also worth noting that Jacob Josefson, Vern Fiddler and Andy Greene, all of whom are on Injured Reserve, traveled with the team and skated yesterday on their own after practice.
3) Edmonton is operating at a 20.9% conversion rate on the power play (11th in the NHL) while the Devils are at 13.3% (29th in the NHL). Special teams is a key area of focus in tonight's game as the Devils look to get something going on the PP.
Join Matt Loughlin and I for the Devils All-Access Morning Report on Facebook Live around 1 p.m. Then, you can watch tonight's game on MSG+ or listen to it on WFAN or The One Jersey Network. Puck drops at 9 p.m.