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New Jersey concludes four-game road trip; Minnesota forward Coyle game-time decision

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

DEVILS (11-5-3) at WILD (9-8-2) 

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


The Game

Forward Charlie Coyle will be a game-time decision for the Minnesota Wild when they play the New Jersey Devils at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. 

Coyle was activated from injured reserve. He's missed 16 games with a fractured right fibula sustained in a 5-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 12 and has two assists in three games.

New Jersey concludes a four-game road trip (1-1-1) looking to end a two-game losing streak. The Devils have lost six of their past eight games (2-3-3), but have earned at least one point in eight of 10 road games (6-2-2).

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild after backing up Alex Stalock in a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Dubnyk is 4-0-0 with a .970 save percentage and three shutouts in his past four starts.


Players to watch

Devils forward Nico Hischier has eight points (goal, seven assists) in his past eight games. 

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter has five points (three goals, two assists) in a five-game point streak. 


They said it

"I think we've been playing some pretty decent hockey, just a few breakdowns, a few mistakes that are costing us games, so have to keep that in the back of our mind and keep playing the way we are but make sure all of our game is solid." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall 

"He's coming along. He's going to play this week at some point, don't know if it's tonight, tomorrow or the weekend but he's a big strong guy that is healing quite quickly." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Charlie Coyle


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Travis Zajac -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Adam Henrique -- Blake Coleman -- Brian Gibbons

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Stefan Noesen, Jimmy Hayes, Dalton Prout

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Mirco Mueller (broken clavicle)


Wild projected lineup

Charlie Coyle -- Eric Staal -- Nino Niederreiter

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Daniel Winnik -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Kyle Quincey -- Gustav Olofsson

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Mike Reilly, Chris Stewart

Injured: Zach Parise (back)


Status report

Zacha returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games. 


Stat pack

Hall has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games. … Staal has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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