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PREVIEW: Devils (Split Squad) at Montreal

Devils play two games to kick off their 2019 NHL pre-season schedule; their road opponent is the Montreal Canadiens

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils are playing two games today, the Boston Bruins are visiting Prudential Center and the other half of the club is traveling to Montreal to face the Canadiens. 

The game in Boston can be seen live right here at NewJerseyDevils.com or heard on the Devils Radio Network.

Video: PRE-GAME | Devils at Montreal

The game in Montreal can be heard on Montreal's TSN 690 Radio Station. Listen here.

Check out the lineups and Devils roster for the game in Montreal below. 

INSIDE THE DEVILS

Get news from the first two days on-ice at Devils training camp this past weekend including scrimmages plus the rundown on Media Day this past Thursday as vets reported for the first time.

>> READ MORE IN THE INSIDE THE DEVILS BLOG

PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ - On a day where the Devils are hosting the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center, half the club is on its way to Montreal. That club lines up as follows: 

Coleman - Hischier - Palmieri
Seney - Rooney - Hayden
Gignac - McLeod - Bastian
Baddock - Street - Speers

Butcher - Severson
White - Tennyson
Mermis - Mueller

Blackwood
Cormier

Kyle Palmieri was asked what he likes to get out of those early pre-season games. 

"For the most part you kind of want to get some timing down. Everything goes a lot faster than how you prepare in the summer and I think the two days of practice out here have been really up-tempo and that's something that helps a lot when you only have two days to get ready for your first game," Palmieri began, adding that the hard practices will ensure that the team is ready to go for these games. 

"The way we practice kind of sets you up for success and just get out there and start getting back into the feeling of a game day and things like that is what you're looking for."

EVALUATION FOR TONIGHT

Devils head coach John Hynes won't be behind the bench for either game. He will be in Newark watching from above while Assistant Coach Rick Sawatzky is behind the bench against the Bruins. 

In Montreal, Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine will be manning the bench. 

"It's actually not too big of an issue only in the sense that we have all of our Pro Scouts here and all our management is here," said Hynes. "So we're going to split down the middle. So the coaches that go to the Montreal game and management and scouts, they'll evaluate that game and then we'll evaluate the team that's here and we'll discuss the players, what they do and from my perspective I might watch certain shifts of particular guys or sort of game situations that we want to look at."

NO EXCUSES

Today's game in Montreal has a weird quirk where the team practiced at home in Newark and then hops on a plane north to play the Canadiens. It's much different from the usual game day routine and it's noticeable, says Palmieri. 

"Yeah, it's tough. It's a long day," Palmieri began. "It's one of those things like you say you don't really have to deal with ever but I spent enough time in the minors that we we all had longer days and that's something that you just got to find a way to things aren't going to go your way as far as what you your normal game day routine.

"Being uncomfortable is what makes you better as a player and prepares you for different situations."

HABS LINEUP

Montreal announced its lineup for tonight as well: 

Lehkonen - Domi - Drouin
Hudon - Suzuki - Weal
Cousins - Thompson - Weise
Varone - Evans - Barber

Mete - Weber
Kulak - Brook
Ouellet - Fleury

Price (Will play 30 minutes)
Primeau (Will play 30 minutes)

-- Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

DEVILS LINES AT MTL

Coleman - Hischier - Palmieri
Seney - Rooney - Hayden
Gignac - McLeod - Bastian
Baddock - Street - Speers

Butcher - Severson
White - Tennyson
Mermis - Mueller

Blackwood
Cormier

TONIGHT'S LINEUPS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Forwards
Brandon Baddock
Nathan Bastian
Blake Coleman
Brandon Gignac
John Hayden
Nico Hischier
Michael McLeod
Kyle Palmieri
Kevin Rooney
Brett Seney
Blake Speers
Ben Street

Defensemen
Will Butcher
Dakota Mermis
Mirco Mueller
Damon Severson
Matt Tennyson
Colton White

Goaltenders
Mackenzie Blackwood
Evan Cormier

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Lehkonen - Domi - Drouin
Hudon - Suzuki - Weal
Cousins - Thompson - Weise
Varone - Evans - Barber

Mete - Weber
Kulak - Brook
Ouellet - Fleury

Price (will play 30 minutes)
Primeau (will play 30 minutes)

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