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San Jose begins five-game road trip; Kinkaid to start for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

SHARKS (2-3-0) at DEVILS (6-1-0)



The Game

The New Jersey Devils will try for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center on Friday.

The Devils won 5-4 in overtime at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid made nine saves in the third period against Ottawa after relieving starter Cory Schneider, who left with a lower-body injury. Schneider was placed on injured reserve Friday. Kinkaid, who was scheduled to play against the Sharks in the second half of a back-to-back, will start; Scott Wedgewood, recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League, will be his backup.

San Jose, which begins a five-game road trip after opening its season with five home games, hasn't played since a 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Sharks rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan, a native of Rumson, New Jersey, is averaging 19:17 of ice time through three games while playing with reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns. Ryan, who will have about 50 family members and friends in attendance, has one assist and four shots on goal.

Devils forward Taylor Hall, who had four assists Thursday, has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games against San Jose. He is tied for the Devils' lead with nine points (one goal, eight assists).


They said it

"I played with [Hischier] for Switzerland in the 2016 World Junior Championship. He deserves everything he's achieved. He's a really humble guy. He'll play both ends of the rink really well; a good two-way player. I'm really happy to see him having the success in the NHL and showing everyone what he can do. It'll be fun playing against him." -- Sharks left wing Timo Meier on playing against Devils rookie center Nico Hischier

"We're never giving up, we're resilient and we never stop until it's over. Last year we had a hard time coming back and even closing out games, but now we're looking pretty good and everyone is pretty pumped about it." -- Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid


Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Melker Karlsson

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Joonas Donskoi -- Ryan Carpenter -- Jannik Hansen

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Barclay Goodrow, Dylan DeMelo, Joel Ward

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Drew Stafford

Marcus Johansson -- Adam Henrique -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt -- Pavel Zacha -- Brian Gibbons

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Jimmy Hayes

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Ben Lovejoy

Mirco Mueller -- Will Butcher

Keith Kinkaid

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Steven Santini, Stefan Noesen

Injured: Cory Schneider (lower body), Travis Zajac (pectoral muscle)


Status report

Martin, who played two games before being put on injured reserve Oct. 12, did not make the trip. ... The Devils did not have a morning skate.


Stat pack

Labanc has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). ... Hischier has points in three straight games (two goals, four assists). He scored twice against Ottawa to become the youngest Devils player (18 years, 288 days) to score a goal since Craig Wolanin against the Minnesota North Stars on Dec. 9, 1985 (18 years, 135 days). The top line of Hall, Hischier and Drew Stafford has combined for 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the past two games.

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