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Palmieri expected to return for New Jersey; Edmonton aims to win two straight for first time this season

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

OILERS (5-8-1) at DEVILS (9-4-1)

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


The Game

Right wing Kyle Palmieri is expected to return to the lineup when the New Jersey Devils play the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center on Thursday.

Palmieri was activated off injured reserve after missing six games with a lower-body injury sustained during practice Oct. 22 . The Devils, who play the second of a three-game homestand, have lost three straight.

The Oilers, who haven't won two games in a row this season, are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory at the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Edmonton is playing the second of a four-game road trip against Metropolitan Division opponents.


Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games.

Devils rookie forward Jesper Bratt has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. 


They said it

"Even if we're struggling we're not hanging our heads. We created this hole and we have to dig out of it. We have two wins in three games so far and that's always something to build on. We're playing better hockey now than we did in the beginning, so we have to take it day by day." -- Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson

"Our focus has to be on our game and we have to make sure we play that way the whole game. We can't play well for two periods and not have any pushback in the third against teams, it's not good enough. We need to play north-south hockey, fast, pushing the pace. We can't afford to get greedy and try to make plays when teams have good gaps and guys back." -- Devils defenseman Andy Greene


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Anton Slepyshev

Jussi Jokinen -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Brad Malone -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Jujkar Khaira

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Drake Caggiula (ankle)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt -- Adam Henrique -- Drew Stafford

Brian Gibbons -- Brian Boyle -- Jimmy Hayes

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Mirco Mueller

Will Butcher -- Damon Severson

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Ben Lovejoy, Pavel Zacha

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle)


Status report

Slepyshev, a late scratch Tuesday, was the only skater on the ice during the morning skate and is a game-time decision. ... Caggiula was injured after blocking a shot 15:07 into the second period Tuesday. ... Johansson was placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 1.


Stat pack

McDavid has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games. ... Hall has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past nine games.

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