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PRE-GAME REPORT: Devils vs. Red Wings

On Hockey Fights Cancer night, the Devils look to bounce back against the Detroit Red Wings

by Marc Ciampa /

The Devils return home to complete a set of back-to-back games on Hockey Fights Cancer night against the Detroit Red Wings.

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

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Read the game preview below, including videos and lineup updates. 


At 12:30 PM ET today, you can watch our documentary "With Grace" which chronicles the journey of 10-year-old Grace Eline's battle with brain cancer and the day she spent with the Devils earlier this week. 



Brett Seney recalled, Devils practice updates plus news and notes from the past few days. 



NEWARK, NJ - Earlier today, the Devils recalled forward Brett Seney from the Binghamton Devils (AHL). He will play tonight. 

"Brett's earned the call-up. He's fourth in the AHL in scoring, been very consistent. Has NHL experience. We're looking forward to having him come in and make an impact tonight," said Devils head coach John Hynes. 

Tonight's lines will be as follows:



"Zacha and Bratt will be out. Mueller will be out. Tennyson will be back in," Hynes confirmed. Hynes was asked about why Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt are sitting this one out.

"With Zacha and Bratt, it's consistency, it's competitiveness. Those guys aren't rookies anymore. We're expecting more consistency from them," he said. "They're three- and four-year pros. Both have been in this situation before and both have had good responses."

John Hayden also finds his way back into the lineup. Hynes was asked further about Seney and what he can bring, on a line with Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev.

"He's a hungry player. A guy that went down, played a lot of games for us last year but didn't make the team out of camp. He's fast, tenacious, can make plays. We talked to him about going down and being that type of player."

Seney said that the team atmosphere in Binghamton made it easy for him to have success individually. 

"I think the entire team down there, we're playing with an edge and playing as a team. There's a lot of guys down there chomping at the bit. Personally, it comes down to playing a complete game, doing what I can to help the team every night."

Louis Domingue will get the start in goal tonight for the Devils. Seney was his teammate for four games in Binghamton and provided some insight into the type of player he is. 

"He's a great guy, works hard. Right when he came in, he made a huge difference not just on the ice but off the ice with the guys."


Tonight is also a very special night as it's the Devils' turn to represent the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer program. 


Ten-year-old Grace Eline skated with the team at practice earlier this week and today signed a one-day contract with the club. 

"It's a special night. It's an opportunity where the NHL, our organization can give back to people like Grace who are very determined and been through a lot," said Hynes.

Grace will get to read out the starting lineup to the players in the dressing room prior to the game's start. She was asked about that. 

"I'm excited because it's going to be on TV so that's pretty cool," said Grace. "I get to meet some of the players so that's pretty cool."

-- Marc Ciampa,


DEVILS (7-10-4) vs. RED WINGS (7-14-3)

TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+


Tonight's game is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. 

Last season, Detroit won all three meetings, two in regulation and one in overtime. Blake Coleman led the way for the Devils with two goals in three games. 

Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi each had five points in three games to lead the Red Wings. 

Devils team scope:

Following Friday's 4-1 loss to the Penguins, the only lineup confirmation for tonight that Devils head coach John Hynes spoke about was that Louis Domingue would get his first start in between the pipes as a New Jersey Devil.

"Louis is going to go tomorrow so get him some action for tonight. Get some shots, stop the bleeding and we'll take a look at him tomorrow," Hynes stated.

Domingue played just over 17 minutes on Friday, making five saves. 

Taylor Hall scored on Friday, ending a nine-game goalless drought. Hall continues to lead the Devils with 18 points through 21 games. 

Red Wings team scope:

Detroit sits last in the NHL with 17 points and a 7-14-3 record through 24 games. Anthony Mantha leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and 23 points in 24 games. Mantha's previous career high is 48 points, achieved in each of the last two seasons. 

Tyler Bertuzzi is also on his way to a career season. He has 22 points in 24 games this season. Last season, Bertuzzi had 47 points in 73 games, his first full season in the NHL. 

The Red Wings have lost each of their last four games: two in regulation, one in overtime and one in a shootout. Prior to that, they had won three in a row. 

By the Numbers:

Wayne Simmonds leads all Devils in career points against the Red Wings. He has 19 points in 32 career games. P.K. Subban has also had a lot of success against Detroit. He's played the Wings 18 times in his career, with 14 points. 

Frans Nielsen leads the Red Wings in career points against the Devils. In 51 games, he has 10 goals and 27 points. 

The Devils have struggled against the division the Red Wings are in, the Atlantic. In seven games this season, they have a record of 1-5-1. On the flip side, Detroit has yet to defeat a Metropolitan Division team, with a record of 0-3-0 against the Devils' division.

Detroit has struggled in the second period this season, having given up 39 goals while only scoring 21 of their own. 

Injury Updates:

Devils - Connor Carrick (upper body) is out; Kevin Rooney (upper body) is questionable

Red Wings - Danny DeKeyser (lower body) is out; Trevor Daley (lower body) is out; Justin Abdelkader (mid-body) is out; Patrik Nemeth (illness) is questionable; Darren Helm (lower body) is day-to-day; Mike Green (upper body) is day-to-day

-- Marc Ciampa,

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