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Hughes brothers face off in NHL for first time; Vancouver seeks fifth straight win

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CANUCKS (4-2-0) at DEVILS (1-4-2)

1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jack Hughes will play against brother Quinn Hughes for the first time in the NHL when the New Jersey Devils face the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Jack Hughes, an 18-year-old center selected No. 1 in the 2019 NHL Draft, had an assist for his first NHL point in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday. The victory ended a six-game losing streak to begin the season for the Devils.

Quinn Hughes, a 20-year-old defenseman selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has three points (one goal, two assists) and 10 shots on goal in six games. The Canucks have outscored opponents 20-8 in a four-game winning streak after losing their first two games of the season. 

 

Players to watch

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.

Devils defenseman P.K. Subban scored his first goal for them in the win against the Rangers and is one goal from 100 in the NHL.  

 

They said it

"We're excited. Honestly, we haven't talked too much about it. We've done a good job of focusing on one game at a time, and now that it's here, it kind of came up quick. We're excited, but at the same time, we want to play good; both our teams need wins." -- Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes

"It's the first time you get to play on an NHL rink against your brother, so it should be a lot of fun, but it's just another game. Obviously, a little more bragging rights involved, and it'll be more sweet if we won, but at the same time, we have to look at it like any other game." -- Devils center Jack Hughes

 

Canucks projected lineup

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

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Micheal Ferland -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Adam Gaudette, Ashton Sautner, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Antoine Roussel (knee)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Nikita Gusev -- Pavel Zacha -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Connor Carrick -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Matt Tennyson

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Jesper Boqvist

Injured: Will Butcher (undisclosed), Andy Greene (upper body), Nico Hischier (upper body)

 

Status report

The Canucks assigned goalie Zane McIntyre to Utica of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Hischier, who signed a seven-year contract Friday, is questionable to play. ... Butcher sustained his injury in the third period against the Rangers and left the game.

 

Stat pack

Miller has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past four games and has 99 NHL goals. ... Boeser has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. ... Sutter has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. ... Subban had a point in each of his past two games after being kept off the score sheet in the previous four.

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