Nov 2, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) battles for the puck with New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) and right wing Stephen Gionta (11) in the third period of a NHL game at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

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New Jersey Devils (3-6-4, 7th/13th) vs Minnesota Wild (7-4-3, 4th/9th) – Game 1 of 2 – November 3, 2013

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The New Jersey Devils will look to go back to their winning ways tonight against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The next time the Devils face the Wild will be in March when Zach Parise will return to the Prudential Center for the first time since leaving the team.

Tonight, the Devils will be putting out Cory Schneider in net for the first time since his trip to IR and are giving Martin Brodeur the day off.

March 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defenseman Dennis Brown (11) is defended by Michigan Wolverines defender Jon Merrill (24) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With Peter Harrold journeying to IR where Schneider once was, the Devils have called up Jon Merrill from Albany. There has not been any word on whether or not Merrill will play tonight but he was told not to skate this morning after games on Friday and Saturday with Albany. The Devils may just give him the day off today. Bryce Salvador has not been skating and it doesn’t look like he is coming back any time in the immediate future. “DeBoer says he’ll dress 7 D for warm-up and might play 7 D. Said decisions to be made.” (Tom Gulitti).

Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias did not make the trip to St. Paul and will not play tonight. Tonight will be a good night for guys like Rostislav Olesz and Mattias Tedenby to try to make an impression for when Zajac and Elias return. Ryane Clowe also has not been skating still. He is supposedly feeling “better” but not “100%”.

The Devils are looking to rebound off a very poor offensive showing against the Philadelphia Flyers. While they had a chance here or there, they only had 14 shots on goal and that will hardly ever win you a game in the NHL. While Brodeur gave his best effort, and it truly was a good one, he did get the loss after a jumpy puck bounced all around the net after hitting the post and passed the line at the top of the net.

Last game was arguably only the 2nd game they played poorly since their first win against the New York Rangers and the first since a extremely disappointing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

While the Devils have played well at The Rock, they are 1-5-2 on the road and the Wild are 5-1-2 at the Xcel Energy Center.

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