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Preview: Devils at Oilers

Forward Taylor Hall to play at Edmonton for first time since trade to New Jersey

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (16-18-8) at OILERS (21-15-7)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+, NHL.TV 

 

Devils team scope

Forward Taylor Hall will play his first game at the Edmonton Oilers since being traded to the New Jersey Devils on June 29. Hall played his former team for the first time at New Jersey on Saturday, a 2-1 Devils loss. "It's going to be different, the first few shifts and warmup, that type of thing, is going to be a bit awkward, a feeling out process just for myself," Hall said. "I think as the game goes on, I'll get used to it. Like the game in New Jersey, it just became a hockey game by the end of it and I hope I can get to that point sooner than in New Jersey." The Devils are on a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and are playing the first of a four-game road trip. "It's tough in the middle of a season to say any stretch is a make or break," coach John Hynes said, "but] it's a situation where we have to play better hockey, we have to find a way to win some games, get some points and move on and get our game back." Center Blake Coleman will make his NHL debut, recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League along with defenseman Karl Stollery on Tuesday. "I'm extremely excited, it's something I've been waiting for since I was a little kid," said Coleman, who will play on the third line between Devante Smith-Pelly and Nick Lappin. "I'm sure I'll have a lot of emotions going into it and I'll just let the game come to me."

 

Oilers team scope

The Oilers have lost two straight games and four of their past six games (2-3-1). Defenseman Brandon Davidson will return after missing the past four games with an illness. "I'm excited, I'm ready to put all that misery behind me," Davidson said. "I want to kind of get my season going and am really looking forward to being a part of this again." Davidson, who sustained a shoulder injury in the season opener and missed the next 30 games, has one assist in eight games this season. Forward Jujhar Khaira will make his season debut, recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL on Wednesday. Khaira had two assists in 15 games with Edmonton last season. "I know what to expect and I know I can play in this league," Khaira said. "I just have to go out there and prove it. I'm going to take it game-by-game right now and try to build off every game and try to give myself every opportunity to stay here." The Oilers are prepared to face Hall in Edmonton for the first time. "It's definitely a different experience going up against him," center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said, "but tonight it should be interesting especially for him, because he still has a lot of fans here."

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall - Adam Henrique - P.A. Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri

Devante Smith-Pelly - Blake Coleman - Nick Lappin

Miles Wood - Sergey Kalinin - Beau Bennett

Damon Severson - Kyle Quincey

Jon Merrill - Ben Lovejoy

Karl Stollery - Steven Santini

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Luke Gazdic, Pavel Zacha, Seth Helgeson

Injured: John Moore (concussion), Vernon Fiddler (lower body), Jacob Josefson (illness), Andy Greene (wrist), Yohann Auvitu (lower body)

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Milan Lucic - Drake Caggiula - Anton Slepyshev

Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian

Brandon Davidson - Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell

Oscar Klefbom - Matthew Benning

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit 

Scratched: Matt Hendricks, Eric Gryba

Injured: Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Darnell Nurse (foot), Tyler Pitlick (knee)

 

Status report

Brossoit will backup Talbot for the first time this season. Brossoit was recalled from Bakersfield on Wednesday to replace Jonas Gustavsson, who was put on waivers and sent to Bakersfield. … Stollery will be in the lineup for New Jersey for the first time this season after being recalled from Albany on Tuesday.

 

Who's hot

Maroon has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past five games. … McDavid has five assists in his past four games.

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