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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. New Jersey

Minnesota aims for continued home success against Eastern Conference foes

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: New Jersey Devils (11-5-3) at Minnesota Wild (9-8-2)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The opponent

The New Jersey Devils come to St. Paul for the final game of a three-game road trip and the fourth of four consecutive games away from Prudential Center. After starting that stretch with a 7-5 comeback win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 12, the Devils have lost consecutive games on their current trip, dropping a 1-0 game in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and a 5-2 contest in Winnipeg on Saturday.

After winning eight of 10 games in the month of October, the Devils have had much tougher sledding of late, winning just three of nine games since the calendar flipped to November.

New Jersey's 3.21 goals per game this season is the ninth-best mark in the NHL. The Devils are led offensively by Taylor Hall and his 20 points (including six goals). Brian Gibbons leads the club with nine goals.

Goaltender Cory Schneider is 7-4-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.


Connections

• Wild defenseman Kyle Quincey skated in 53 games with the Devils, tallying 12 points (4-8=12) and 39 penalty minutes during the 2016-17 season.


West is best

Minnesota is 4-0-1 against Eastern Conference teams at Xcel Energy Center this season. Overall, the Wild has registered points in eight of its 12 games against the Eastern Conference this season, posting a 6-4-2 record in those games.

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