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Miller will start for Anaheim; New Jersey plays first game since trading Hall

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

DUCKS (14-16-4) at DEVILS (10-17-5)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, PRIME, NHL.TV


The Game

The New Jersey Devils will play their first game since trading Taylor Hall when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Prudential Center on Wednesday.

The forward, who led New Jersey with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) and was the Hart Trophy winner as NHL most valuable player in 2017-18, was sent to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday for two minor-league players, a prospect and two draft picks.

The Devils, who won 2-1 against the Coyotes on Saturday, are 1-4-1 since Alain Nasreddine replaced John Hynes as coach Dec. 3 and 1-6-1 in their past eight games while being outscored 28-12.

Ducks goalie Ryan Miller will make his first start since Dec. 6 after John Gibson started the past five games, including a 4-1 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has two goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood is 1-1-1 with a 1.13 goals-against average and .965 save percentage (111 saves on 115 shots) since a 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 3.


They said it

"I felt tonight was one of the first games we got a little individual, tried to make things happen. I mean, I understand it as a player who's gone through it when things aren't clicking exactly, you want to take it on your shoulders, that's where you get away from your game and things aren't effective." -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf on the loss Tuesday

"It's an opportunity for guys to step up and step in, and maybe find their voice and find a way to make an impact and help lead this team. I think it's a learning process, but at the same time they're going to get to play big minutes in close games and find ways to win. That's how you become better players, is finding different ways to make an impact on a game and hopefully everyone in this room continues to do that." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri on moving on without Taylor Hall


Ducks projected lineup

Devin Shore -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Comtois -- Sam Steel -- Sam Carrick

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (lower body)


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist -- Michael McLeod -- Miles Wood

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Gilles Senn

Scratched: John Hayden, Kevin Rooney, Colton White

Injured: Connor Carrick (finger), Matt Tennyson (upper body), Louis Domingue (lower body)


Status report

The Ducks did not hold a morning skate. … Terry is being evaluated. He left Philadelphia on crutches after a hit by Flyers forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel with 1:58 remaining in the second period. … Subban skated after missing practice Tuesday with an illness. ... Connor Carrick was activated off injured reserve Wednesday.


Stat pack

Henrique has three points (one goal, two assists) in four games against the Devils since he was acquired in a trade with New Jersey on Nov. 30, 2017. … Subban is without a point in his past 20 games. … The Devils have been outscored 41-20 in the third period.

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