BUFFALO, NY - The Devils are looking to start their seventh of 16 back-to-backs this season with a win in Buffalo. They face the Sabres for the second time this season, both on the road. The first meeting between the teams was on October 5th. The Sabres won 7-2.
This is the team's projected lineup for tonight's game:
Here is your #NJDevils morning skate lineup for tonight against the Buffalo Sabres:
🔸 Promotion of Jesper Boqvist to the teams top line.
Jesper Boqvist joins the top line with Hischier and Palmieri.
"It's going to be fun, a lot of fun to play with these guys," said Boqvist. "Nico is really good both sides of the puck, same with Palms. I'm just going to have to have a good game."
Head Coach John Hynes credits Boqvist's development to gaining confidence throughout the start of the season.
"He was used in more situations, he earned more ice time, he was helping the team in different ways," said Hynes. "He was building his confidence in his game, prior to scoring the goal, because he played better and now he produced a little bit."
Boqvist scored his first two NHL career goals in back-to-back games, his first against Minnesota on the 26th and his second against Montreal on the 28th.
With tonight's game, Captain Andy Greene will tie Scott Niedermayer for seventh place on the Devils all-time games played list.
"Obviously he was one of the best and it's an honor to say I'm with him" said Greene. "You think wow, it's been a while but it's a lot of fun still."
Louie Domingue will get his third start for New Jersey tonight. Domingue is averaging 1.76 goals against.
Jack Hughes did not travel with the team to Buffalo. Hughes is day to day with a lower-body injury from a blocked shot in the team's November 28th game against Montreal.
John Hayden, Micro Mueller, Connor Carrick (injured) and Jack Hughes (injured) are all out tonight.
Tonight kicks off the Devils December schedule and the team's seventh of 16 back-to-backs.
Out of the Devils 16 back-to-back sets, New Jersey will play four sets this month, including two in the first week of December. Out of the 14 games this month, the team will play eight on the road.
DEVILS (9-12-4) at SABRES (12-10-5)
TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+
Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season.
The Devils visited Buffalo in their second game of the season, losing 7-2. Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin each had three points in that game.
Last year, the Devils took two out of three between the two clubs. Travis Zajac led the Devils with four points in three games against the Sabres while Andy Greene, Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood each had three points.
Devils team scope:
The Devils have dropped four of their last six games including a 4-0 decision to the New York Rangers at home this past Saturday.
Taylor Hall leads the Devils with 21 points through 25 games. Kyle Palmieri is second with 16 points. Palmieri and Blake Coleman share the team lead in goals with nine each.
Coleman has been on fire as of late, with four goals and six points in his last six games.
Sabres team scope:
The Sabres started this season very well, at 9-2-1. Since then, they've struggled a bit with only three wins in their last 15 games (3-8-4).
More recently, Buffalo has picked up points in four of its last five (2-1-2).
Jack Eichel leads the team in both goals (16) and points (35) while rookie Victor Olofsson is second with 10 goals and 20 points through 27 games.
By the Numbers:
The Sabres are actually pacing eight points behind last season at this time when they were 17-7-3 through 27 games. Following their 27th game, they only won 16 games the entire rest of the season over 45 contests. (16-32-7) and finished the year with 76 points.
Devils are one point behind their pace of last season through 27 games. They're only two points behind the pace of last year's Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, however.
Devils - Jack Hughes (lower body) is out; Connor Carrick (fractured finger) is questionable
Sabres - Matt Hunwick (neck) is on IR; Vladimir Sobotka (knee) is on IR; Kyle Okposo (concussion) is on IR; Tage Thompson (upper body) is on IR; Rasmus Dahlin (concussion) is doubtful; Evan Rodrigues (undisclosed) is questionable