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Hall scratched in second straight game for New Jersey; Arizona 4-2-0 in past six

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (9-17-5) at COYOTES (19-11-4)

8 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

Taylor Hall will miss his second straight game for precautionary reasons when the New Jersey Devils play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday. 

The 28-year-old forward, who leads New Jersey with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 30 games, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020, and is a potential trade target.

Hall was a late scratch for the Devils in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. The loss extended the Devils' season-long winless streak to seven games (0-6-1).

The Coyotes lead the Pacific Division and are 4-2-0 in their past six games. They are 2-3-1 in their past six home games.

Darcy Kuemper, who made 28 saves in a 5-2 home win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, will start. He is 0-3-2 in five career games against New Jersey.

Players to watch

Devils forward Jack Hughes had one goal and two assists in New Jersey's 5-3 loss to the Coyotes at Prudential Center on Oct. 25.

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. 


They said it

"We have to make sure we know what we did right (Friday), how and why. We were skating well. We want to win. We want to snap the streak and get a win." -- Devils captain Andy Greene on the loss to the Avalanche

"We have to do the right things. I don't care who you play, this is the NHL." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on the Devils' winless streak


Devils projected lineup

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Michael McLeod -- Jesper Boqvist

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Evan Cormier

Scratched: John Hayden, Kevin Rooney, Colton White, Taylor Hall (precautionary)

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


Coyotes projected lineup

Nick Schmaltz -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Conor Garland

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Robbie Russo, Brayden Burke

Injured: Jason Demers (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (fibula)


Status report

Domingue was placed on injured reserve Saturday. Cormier was recalled from Adirondack of the ECHL to serve as the backup. … The Coyotes loaned forward Barrett Hayton to Canada for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2020 in Czech Republic. Hayton scored his first NHL goal in the Oct. 25 game against the Devils.


Stat pack

New Jersey has been outscored 27-10 during its winless streak. … Hughes has gone 14 games without a goal. … Vatanen has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 career games against Arizona. … Ekman-Larsson is one goal from tying Calle Johansson (119) for the fifth-most by a Sweden-born NHL defenseman.  … Arizona is 14-3-2 when Keller has at least one point.

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