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New Jersey aims for 6-0-0 road mark with Johansson out; Edmonton looks to avoid third straight loss

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

DEVILS (9-2-0) at OILERS (3-7-1)

9 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The New Jersey Devils will go for their fourth consecutive win and attempt to improve to 6-0-0 on the road this season when they face the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Friday. The Devils are the only team in the NHL that has not lost away from home.

Forward Marcus Johansson will miss the game with a concussion. He was injured when he fell head-first into the end boards 57 seconds into the first period of a 2-0 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Coach John Hynes provided no timetable on his return.

The Oilers will look to avoid losing their third straight game; they are 2-7-1 in their past 10 games, and have been held to two goals or fewer in eight of 11 games this season.


Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall will play at the Oilers for the second time since Edmonton traded him to New Jersey on June 29, 2016 for defenseman Adam Larsson. Hall is the Devils' leading scorer with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 11 games.

Oilers forward Patrick Maroon is on a career-high six-game point streak with six points (four goals, two assists).


They said it

"This was a special place for me to play and I loved my time here, but coming back this time I don't feel the same nervousness about the reception or anything like that. I'm just here to try and help my team win a hockey game, and hopefully, play well at the same time." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

"Last year we found a way to turn these one-goal games into wins and score the timely goal, whether it was early in the third or late in the third, or to tie the game up to take it to overtime. We just haven't been getting that." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid on Edmonton's slow start this season


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Drew Stafford

Brian Gibbons -- Adam Henrique -- Jesper Bratt

Brian Boyle -- Pavel Zacha -- Jimmy Hayes

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Mirco Mueller -- Will Butcher

Dalton Prout

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Ben Lovejoy, Stefan Noesen

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


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl/p>

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

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Strome -- Jussi Jokinen

Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Jujhar Khaira, Kailer Yamamoto

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee)


Status report

The Devils are dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen. ... Yamamoto will be a healthy scratch for the third time in the past four games.


Stat pack

Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 11 games, but does not have a point in his past four games.

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