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PREVIEW: Devils vs. Rangers

Devils continue their pre-season with a game at Prudential Center against the New York Rangers

by Chris Wescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils continue their pre-season schedule with a rematch of Wednesday's opponent, the New York Rangers. 

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

Take a look at the lineups below and check back later for line combinations, our Pre-Game Report, videos and much more.

Video: PREGAME | Taylor Hall Returns vs NYR

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PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils take on the Rangers tonight in a rematch of Wednesday night's 4-3 Devils victory in NYC. Another game means a different roster for New Jersey.

The lines at morning skate were:

Hall - Hughes - Palmieri
Coleman - Zajac - Simmonds
Studenic - McLeod - Anderson
Gignac - Street - Speers
Sharangovich

Greene - Subban
Groleau - Tennyson
Mermis - Jacobs
Sissons

Blackwood
Senn

HALL IS BACK

The moment the Devils have been waiting for has arrived. Taylor Hall returns to game action after an injury limited his season to 33 games last year.

The star forward is ready to hit the ice, on a line with Jack Hughes and Kyle Palmieri.

"It's exciting," said Hall. "It's been a long time coming and I had a lot of time to think about getting back to playing and you take it in steps. First, it's just getting back to skating and skating well and skating hard and then training camp comes and I was hoping that I'd be in a position to play this soon and I'm thankful that I am."

Hall says there may be a little nervous energy when he steps onto the ice.

"Little bit of nervousness even though it's an exhibition game," he said. "You haven't played in so long that there's going to be a little bit of nervous energy there, but hopefully I can use that to my advantage and come out and work on a few things and just play as well as I can. I'm not expecting a fabulous game by any means but work hard in the right areas and see if I can have a puck as much as possible."

Hall's teammates are excited to have him back.

"It's awesome," said Kyle Palmieri. "I mean, obviously, I sit next to him and it's good to see him getting back into things and he's obviously looked great so far in camp, so get into some game action and I know he's looking forward to it."

WHAT A LINE

Hall-Hughes-Palmieri.

What a combination.

That's the projected top line for the Devils tonight versus the Rangers. And even more impressive is the look of the team's top power-play unit.

Hall, Jack Hughes, Palmieri, Wayne Simmonds and P.K. Subban. If that group stays intact, there is a lot of firepower.

Hall wasn't expecting being able to play with the 2019 first-overall pick, as he thought he'd spend the majority of his time with Nico Hischier as his center. But Hall is excited about playing with Hughes tonight.

"To be on the ice with him for the last few practices and to see his skill level firsthand, wearing a Devils Jersey… It's going to be fun to play with him tonight," said Hall. 

-- Chris Wescott, NewJerseyDevils.com

LINEUPS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Goaltenders

29 Mackenzie Blackwood
31 Gilles Senn

Defencemen

6 Andy Greene
7 Matt Tennyson
32 Dakota Mermis
40 Josh Jacobs
71 Colby Sissons
75 Jeremy Groleau
76 P.K. Subban

Forwards

9 Taylor Hall
14 Joey Anderson
17 Wayne Simmonds
19 Travis Zajac
20 Blake Coleman
21 Kyle Palmieri
36 Ben Street
41 Michael McLeod
46 Blake Speers
51 Brandon Gignac
53 Yegor Sharangovich
67 Marian Studenic
86 Jack Hughes

NEW YORK RANGERS

Goaltenders

30 Henrik Lundqvist
32 Adam Huska

Defencemen

18 Marc Staal
51 Tarmo Reunanen
54 Mason Geertsen
55 Ryan Lindgren
70 Joe Morrow
82 Joey Keane

Forwards

16 Ryan Strome
17 Jesper Fast
21 Brett Howden
28 Philip Di Giuseppe
29 Steven Fogarty
34 Patrick Newell
37 Gabriel Fontaine
38 Micheal Haley
72 Filip Chytil
89 Pavel Buchnevich
90 Vladislav Namestnikov
95 Vinni Lettieri

 

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