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Jets at Devils preview

Hughes, Subban to make debut with New Jersey; Brossoit expected to start for Winnipeg

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

JETS (0-1-0) at DEVILS (0-0-0)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban, Nikita Gusev and Wayne Simmonds will make their debuts with the New Jersey Devils when they open their season against the Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center on Friday.

The Devils selected Hughes, an 18-year-old center, with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on June 21 and acquired Subban, a defenseman, in a trade with the Nashville Predators on June 22. New Jersey signed Simmonds, a right wing, to a one-year contract on July 1 and acquired Gusev, a left wing, in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 29.

The Jets, who play the second of a back-to-back set to begin the season, did not hold a skate on Friday. They lost 6-4 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Jets right wing Blake Wheeler scored two goals and had nine shots on goal against the Rangers.

Devils left wing Taylor Hall will play his first NHL game since Dec. 23, 2018. He had 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games before season-ending surgery on his left knee in February.

 

They said it

"We played a good game (against the Rangers). Some bounces were against us and I think if we can continue this and keep improving and getting better, we have a [heck] of a team." -- Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers

"I never really had 18,000 people cheering for (my team). The only time I played in a rink like that was the World Junior Championship and obviously they weren't cheering for us (in Vancouver). It's going to be a blast. I'm sure during warmups, I'll have a smile on my face. I'm really excited to get the game going." -- Devils center Jack Hughes

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Andrew Copp -- Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault -- Adam Lowry -- Gabriel Bourque

Mason Appleton -- Mark Letestu -- Jack Roslovic

Josh Morrissey -- Dmitry Kulikov

Ville Heinola -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Tucker Poolman

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: David Gustafsson, Carl Dahlstrom

Injured: Bryan Little (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Nikita Gusev -- Jack Hughes -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Jesper Boqvist, Kevin Rooney

Injured: None

 

Status report

Brossoit will make his second start against the Devils. He allowed three goals on 39 shots in a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 1, 2018. ... Dahlstrom, a defenseman claimed off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, could make his Jets debut.

 

Stat pack

Ehlers is expected to play his 300th NHL game. ... Hischier is one point from 100 in the NHL (37 goals, 62 assists in 151 games).

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