The Ducks (0-2-1, 1 point) play the penultimate contest of a season-opening five-game road trip tonight against the New Jersey Devils (0-1-1, 1 point) at Prudential Center (4 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim earned its first standings point of the season in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf had the goals for the Ducks, while John Gibson turned aside 27-of-30 shots in the defeat.
Like the Ducks, New Jersey is still in search of its first win of the season. The Devils are coming off a 3-2 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday, the final stop in the club's brief two-game season-opening Florida road trip that began with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.
Tonight marks the first of two games between these clubs this season. Anaheim has won five straight games (5-0-0) against New Jersey since Dec. 20, 2013 and has earned standings points in seven straight (12 pts., 5-0-2) dating to Feb. 17, 2012. The Ducks own a 13-13-4 record in the all-time series, including a 5-7-2 mark at Prudential Center with a club-record three consecutive wins since Dec. 20, 2013. Antoine Vermette leads active Ducks in career scoring against the Devils with 13 points (5g/8a) in 24 career games. The Ducks and Devils will meet again on Nov. 17 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PST) to wrap up the season set.
A trio of former Ducks are scheduled to face their old club tonight. Kyle Palmieri spent his first five seasons with Anaheim (2010-15) before the Devils acquired him on June 27, 2015. The former first-round pick went on to lead the Devils with a career-high 30 goals and 57 points last season, and has one goal through two games to start the 2016-17 campaign.
Devante Smith-Pelly skated in 129 career games with the Ducks over four seasons (2011-15) before he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 24, 2015. The Devils acquired Smith-Pelly on Feb. 29, 2016 and he went on to record 13 points (8g/5a) in 18 games with New Jersey to end the season. Smith-Pelly has yet to record a point through two games this season.
Lastly, Ben Lovejoy finds himself in New Jersey after signing a three-year contract with the Devils on July 1. Lovejoy won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins this past June and became a free agent in July.
Anaheim's five-game road trip concludes Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (4 p.m. PDT).