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Hughes brothers face each other again; Vancouver tries to end three-game winless streak

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (4-7-4) at CANUCKS (9-5-3)

4 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNP, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game 

Quinn Hughes will try to even things up against younger brother Jack Hughes when the Vancouver Canucks play the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena on Sunday. 

Jack Hughes, an 18-year-old center selected No. 1 in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in New Jersey's 1-0 home win against the Canucks on Oct. 19, the first NHL game between the brothers. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past nine games for the Devils, who have lost two in a row but are 4-3-2 in their past nine games after starting the season 0-4-2.

Quinn Hughes, a 20-year-old defenseman selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 16 games. The Canucks are winless (0-2-1) in their past three games and 1-2-2 in their past five after going 8-1-1 in the previous 10.

The Devils will be without Sami Vatanen to wrap up a five-game road trip. Vatanan, who leads New Jersey defensemen with eight points (four goals, four assists) in 15 games, left after taking a hit midway through the first period of a 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.


Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall had his point streak end at seven games Friday (nine points; one goal, eight assists).

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past 10 games. 


They said it

"You get on the road sometimes and you struggle a little bit, and it's up to guys like me to be better on there." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall on the New Jersey power play going 0-for-10 the past three games after scoring at least one goal in six straight 

"He's a warrior, and if he's not really hurt badly, something broken or something like that, he is going to play." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on defenseman Christopher Tanev, who was injured against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, played against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, and returned to the game after being hobbled blocking a shot


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- Wayne Simmonds

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- P.K. Subban

Mirco Mueller -- Matt Tennyson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: John Hayden, Pavel Zacha

Injured: Sami Vatanen (undisclosed), Connor Carrick (finger)


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Tanner Pearson

Josh Leivo -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Adam Gaudette, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Status report

Neither team practiced Saturday coming off back-to-back road games, but Blackwood will start after Schneider played against the Oilers, and Markstrom is expected to start after Demko played against the Jets.


Stat pack

Palmieri has no points in his past three games after having six (three goals, three assists) in his previous three. … Horvat has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. … Miller has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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