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New Jersey aims for first win of season; Bobrovsky expected in goal for Florida

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

PANTHERS (1-2-2) AT DEVILS (0-3-2)

1 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game

The New Jersey Devils will try for their first win of the season when they play the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center on Monday.

The Devils, who have been outscored 21-9 after five games, hope to avoid their worst start to a season since beginning 2013-14 with seven straight losses (0-4-3). The franchise started 0-8-1 in 1974-75, when it was the Kansas City Scouts.

The Panthers have lost three straight games, including back-to-back 3-2 shootout losses at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and the New York Islanders on Saturday. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (1-2-1, 3.87 goals-against average, .882 save percentage) is expected to start for Florida.


Players to watch

Panthers right wing Evgenii Dadonov has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game goal/point streak.

Devils left wing Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with three assists and 21 shots on goal.


They said it

"The simplicity of the game is what we're looking to do. If we can get simpler, which means move the puck ahead, keep it, support it, and put it in good areas, it's going to make it a lot easier." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville 

"There's only so much to say (at this point). Now it's a matter of taking action, putting together a full game. You can't control the score, but you can control how you play. As long as we control how we play and do the right things, I think we're going to be successful more often than not." -- Devils defenseman Damon Severson


Panthers projected lineup

Frank Vatrano -- Aleksander Barkov -- Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Denis Malgin -- Evgenii Dadonov

Jayce Hawryluk -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Henrik Borgstrom

Injured: None


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Miles Wood -- Travis Zajac - Blake Coleman

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Nikita Gusev -- Kevin Rooney -- Jesper Bratt

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Connor Carrick

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, John Hayden, Jesper Boqvist

Injured: Andy Greene (upper body)


Status report

The Panthers were off Sunday. … The Devils' lineup will be revealed before the game, coach John Hynes said after practice Sunday.


Stat pack

Yandle is expected to play his NHL-leading 803rd consecutive game. … Hoffman has seven points (five goals, two assists) in five games to start the season. … Huberdeau has five points, all assists, in a four-game point streak. ... Schneider could play his 400th NHL game.

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