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Schneider in goal for New Jersey; Draisaitl can extend point streak to eight games

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (4-6-4) at OILERS (10-5-2)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+, ESPN+, NHL.TV 


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will look for their first win in three games when they host the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place on Friday. 

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will start for Edmonton, which is 0-1-1 in its past two games and 3-4-2 in its past nine games after starting the season 7-1-0.

Cory Schneider will start in goal for New Jersey, which is playing the second game of a back-to-back set. It lost 5-2 at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. 

The Devils have won two of their past three games and are 4-2-2 in their past eight after an 0-4-2 start to the season. 


Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in a seven-game point streak. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in six games against the Oilers, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak. He has at least one point in 15 of 17 games this season.


They said it

"It's fun, I didn't to play here last year (because of an injury). It's a hockey town, I played six years here and grew up here and had a lot of good times here and made a lot of good friends. Definitely coming back here is a lot of fun and it's an important part of our schedule as well, so that makes it even more fun." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

"This a highly skilled team that we're facing, a team that can make you pay if you open up the game too much. For us our importance has to be a good-checking game and to know that our offense comes from being in good positions defensively." -- Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse 


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Boqvist -- Jack Hughes -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Pavel Zacha -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: John Hayden, Matt Tennyson

Injured: Connor Carrick (upper body),


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

James Neal -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Alex Chiasson

Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Markus Granlund -- Gaetan Haas -- Patrick Russell

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom -- Joel Persson

Kris Russell -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Sam Gagner

Injured: Adam Larsson (leg), Joakim Nygard (ribs)


Status report

Schneider is 0-3-1 with a 4.71 goals-against average and .847 save percentage this season. … Archibald will return to the lineup after missing the past six games with a foot injury sustained blocking a shot against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 24 … Edmonton waived forward Tomas Jurco on Thursday and assigned him to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League. Forward Colby Cave was also assigned to Bakersfield. 


Stat pack

Vatanen has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games. … Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … McDavid has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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