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PREVIEW: Devils at Rangers

Devils face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the team's third pre-season game

by Sara Giles / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils continue their pre-season with a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers tonight. 

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

Read our game preview below and check back for lineup updates, our Pre-Game Report, videos and more. 

Video: PRE-GAME REPORT | Devils at Rangers

 

INSIDE THE DEVILS

Devils send seven players back to junior on Tuesday following a pair of games on Monday to kick off the pre-season.

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PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils are right back at it in game three of the preseason today with a matchup against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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After today's morning skate, Nico Hischier was asked what he thinks about the roster so far. 

"I got a good feeling. The excitement is there for sure."

There are quite a few guys on the Devils training camp roster battling for a permanent position and looking to earn their roster spot. One of those, in particular, is Swedish center Jesper Boqvist. Boqvist will play on the first line with Hischier tonight and Hischier said he is excited to play with him. 

"I've played against him in juniors and national team, he's a really good player. He's got a great wrist shot, great hands, and vision. It should be fun to play with him. He's going to push to make this roster for sure," said Hischier. 

GUSEV NHL READY

Another player Hischier is familiar with is Russian forward Nikita Gusev. In the first preseason game, Gusev showed no sign of needed adjustment to the NHL style of play, tallying an assist in his Devils debut on Monday night. When asked if Hischier was surprised of Gusev's ability to jump right in, he said he wasn't surprised at all. 

"I always say it's still hockey it doesn't matter where. He proved already what he can do in Russia, the National team, he's a really good player. Playing with him should be really fun."  

JOHN HAYDEN'S IDENTITY

Heading into this season, forward John Hayden really wanted to focus on developing and establishing himself as a complete player. Hayden even arrived in New Jersey weeks early to make sure he gets accumulated with the staff and players, so far he is impressed with the organization.

"It's been great. I came here a couple of weeks early just to get accumulated, I can't say enough about the players and the staff welcoming me, overall it's been a smooth transition," said Hayden. 

This season Hayden's focus is playing to his identity and establishing himself as a complete player that can be relied on in any situation. 

"I've learned a lot the last couple of years and I'm looking to continue that, develop my curve and really establish myself. I'm really confident that I can take another step this year," said Hayden. "I want to be relied on in all situations, whether that's killing or being responsible in every zone. That's my primary focus this preseason is to really establish myself as a complete player 

-- Sara Giles, NewJerseyDevils.com

LINES

Gusev - Hischier - Boqvist
Seney - Maltsev - Bratt
Wood - McLeod - Bastian
Baddock - Rooney - Hayden

Butcher - Vatanen
Smith - Severson
Mueller - Carrick

Schneider
Cormier

ROSTERS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Goaltenders

35 Cory Schneider
50 Evan Cormier

Defencemen

5 Connor Carrick
8 Will Butcher
24 Ty Smith
25 Mirco Mueller
28 Damon Severson
45 Sami Vatanen
75 Jeremy Groleau

Forwards

13 Nico Hischier
15 John Hayden
16 Kevin Rooney
34 Brandon Baddock
41 Michael McLeod
42 Nathan Bastian
43 Brett Seney
44 Miles Wood
63 Jesper Bratt
70 Nikita Popugaev
73 Mikhail Maltsev
90 Jesper Boqvist
97 Nikita Gusev

NEW YORK RANGERS

To be announced

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