Nashville Predators (8-6-2, 5th/10th) vs New Jersey Devils (4-7-5, 7th/12th) – Game 1 of 2 – November 10, 2013
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The Nashville Predators will visit the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils tonight. This will be the first meeting of the two teams with the second meeting coming on January 31st.
The Devils will be without Stephen Gionta (sore foot) in an injury sustained during Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jacob Josefson will take his place in between Cam Janssen and Ryan Carter. The Devils will also be without Patrik Elias for the 5th straight game (back spasms). Jon Merrill (facial lacerations), Ryane Clowe (concussion symptoms), and Bryce Salvador (foot stress fracture) remain out with their injuries.
The Devils will also work with the same 6 starting defensemen and Mark Fayne will remain the healthy scratch for tonight’s game.
Martin Brodeur will be the starting goaltender tonight coming off a shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. He will face off against Carter Hutton (8 GP, 4-2-1, 3.32 GAA).
The Devils are coming off of a disappointing 2-1 loss to Toronto on Friday. They were extremely fortunate to even be in overtime due to a very odd play by Toronto goalie Jonathon Bernier. The Devils would lose once again in the shootout and now are 0-4 in the glorified skills competition. The Devils also took the league lead in overtime losses with 5.
The Devils are 2 points behind the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets have closed the gap on the Devils to 1 point in the Metropolitan Division. In the conference standings, they are surrounded by the same two teams.
The Predators are coming off of an equally disappointing loss. They got walloped by the Winnipeg Jets 5-0 in a game where Hutton gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Pekka Rinne has been on injured reserve lately with what seems to be an E. coli infection.
The Predators are tied for 5th in the Central Division standings with the Dallas Stars and are 6 points behind a tie for 3rd between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. In the conference standings, they are 4 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for 9th.
The Predators are 5-2-1 all-time at New Jersey, winning the last meeting there in 2010. The teams last met in Nashville on Oct. 15, 2011, with the Devils winning 3-2 in a shootout. (ESPN)
The Devils are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games while the Predators are 5-3-2.