The Devils visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight in Taylor Hall’s first game back in Edmonton since his shocking summer trade to New Jersey. The Oilers defeated the Devils Saturday night, by a 2-1 score in overtime. Cory Schneider was the key factor in the Devils gaining a point that night and will be in between the pipes for tonight’s game.
The lines for the Devils tonight look different than at practice yesterday.
Karl Stollery and Blake Coleman are expected to make their season debuts tonight after being recalled from Albany on Tuesday. For Coleman, it will be a special evening as it will be the Plano Texas native’s first NHL game. Coleman, who has 23 points in 34 games reflected on his strong start in Albany this season.
“I’m really starting to get comfortable,” Coleman said. “Last season, it took me 10 games probably to get going and then that was cut short by an injury. I tore the labrum in my shoulder, dislocated. I missed the whole year. This year, the last two months I found my game and what I expect it to be.”
Hall isn’t the only former Oiler returning to Edmonton tonight, but he will be the only one in the lineup as head coach John Hynes has made former Oiler Luke Gazdic a healthy scratch for tonight’s contest. Yesterday, Gazdic was hopeful that he would be play, but said he would be disappointed if he wasn’t. He’ll have to wait another season for a chance to play in Edmonton as a visitor.
Tonight’s lineups for New Jersey
Scratches: Zacha, Gazdic, Helgeson
Injuries: Josefson (illness), Greene (arm), Auvitu (lower body), Fiddler (lower body), Moore (concussion)