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Devils at Jets preview

Winnipeg goes for fourth straight win; New Jersey tries to continue success on road

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (11-4-3) at JETS (11-4-3)

3 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their fourth straight win when they play the New Jersey Devils at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.

The Jets are 8-1-3 in their past 12 games and coming off a 3-2 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Much of their success this season can be attributed to goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who is expected to start Saturday and is 10-1-2 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts.

The Devils have lost five of seven games (2-2-3) and will look to rebound from a 1-0 overtime loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. They have gotten at least a point in eight of nine road games this season (6-1-2).

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games.

Jets forward Patrik Laine has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a seven-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We have to make teams chase us more in the offensive zone. And then we have to do a better job at getting to the net front and when we get to the net front, have a real sense of purpose there." -- Devils coach John Hynes

"We're getting offense. We're getting great goaltending. Whoever's in the net, we have confidence in them right now. We're playing better defensively. Our [penalty kill] looked great (on Thursday), a ton of huge blocked shots. Things are clicking right now." -- Jets forward Bryan Little

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt -- Travis Zajac -- Drew Stafford

Adam Henrique -- Brian Boyle -- Miles Wood

Brian Gibbons -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Dalton Prout, Pavel Zacha

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

 

Jets projected lineup 

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot, Shawn Matthias

Injured: None

 

Status report

Mueller had surgery Thursday after being injured in a 7-5 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. He will be out 10-12 weeks.

 

Stat pack

Hischier has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games. …  Wheeler has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in his past nine games. Scheifele has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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