A four-game losing run takes the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan Division) to a no-rest road contest against the Nashville Predators (6th in Central), who have dropped three of their past four decisions…
Devils Lose Fourth In RowThe current back-to-back stretch of the New Jersey Devils (9-14-5) earned the team a point, as it was edged out with a 2-1 score following a shootout by the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center last night. Taylor Hall (5 goals, 23 points this year) scored a first-period power-play snap shot before the ‘Hawks tied the proceedings with their own man-advantage snipe during the following frame. Nikita Gusev (5 goals, 13 points) and Jesper Boqvist (2 goals, 2 points) lit the lamp in the tiebreaker, which New Jersey lost 3-2 in five rounds. The Devils are 0-3-1 in their past four matchups and 5-7-0 when playing on the road.
Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine speaks to the media after a 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago. pic.twitter.com/NdwZtnPmDN— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 7, 2019
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (8-8-4 on the year with a 3.05 GAA and a .899 save percentage) stopped 28 shots versus Chicago, but is set to give way in the crease to Louis Domingue for the following fixture. Domingue is 1-2-0 for the current campaign with a 3.46 GAA and a .870 save percentage, and has posted a 3-1-1 past total against the Nashville Predators with a 1.95 GAA and a .941 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, are 2nd in least goals netted per game (2.46), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.54), 28th in power play (13.6%) and 26th in penalty kill (75.5%).
Preds Drop Second StraightThe Nashville Predators (12-10-5) started their current three-game homestand with their second consecutive defeat (0-1-1), dropping a 3-2 overtime decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Kyle Turris (5 goals, 11 points this year) assisted on a 1-1 second-period equalizer by Calle Jarnkrok (10 goals, 18 points) before tying the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal of his own midway through the third period ahead of Tampa Bay’s winner at 2:35 of the extra session. The Preds have lost three of their past four contests (1-1-2) and are 7-5-4 on own ice so far this season.
Goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves against the Bolts, taking his current performance status to 9-4-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.84 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-3 past total against the New Jersey Devils with a 2.38 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 7th highest quantity of goals per game (3.26), while allowing the 10th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.19). They are 22nd in power play (16.5%) and 24th in penalty kill (75.9%).
New Jersey (according to Covers.com)
- Devils are 3-1 in their last 4 meetings with Predators in Nashville.
Nashville (according to Covers.com)
- Predators are 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Predators are 1-7 in their last 8 home games.