The New Jersey Devils have found their way back into the win column. They have picked up four straight victories and will search for their fifth in a row against the Seattle Kraken at 10:00 P.M. at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The Devils are 29-12-3 and have 61 points, second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Carolina Hurricanes’ 62. If they pull off the victory tonight, they will have 63 points and match their total from last season. Meanwhile, Seattle has a record of 26-14-4 and are one of the surprise success stories of the season. They are just two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the Pacific Division lead. The two teams split the series last season. New Jersey beat Seattle in the team’s fifth game as a franchise 4-2, while the Kraken won in the shootout 4-3 towards the end of the season in April.
The Devils were deep in the water against the San Jose Sharks, as they were down 3-2 and were on a penalty kill with less than three minutes to go in regulation. After a successful penalty kill, Jack Hughes came through once again, scoring with the extra attacker on to tie the game at three apiece with 8.6 seconds left to go in the game. In the shootout, Tomas Tatar got the puck past Sharks goalie James Reimer to give the Devils a 4-3 win. The win gave them a perfect 10-0-0 record against the Pacific Division.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win but in the end all that matters is we came out with two points,” captain Nico Hischier said. Tatar agreed, “that’s what good teams do. We had to overcome the fatigue.”
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The Devils are getting Nathan Bastian back, as he will take on his former team. Bastian has been out with a shoulder injury since Nov. 26. This is also the final game in New Jersey’s lengthy West Coast road trip, and they will return to Prudential Center on Jan. 22 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils only have four games left before the All-Star break, and every point matters while they try to regain their division lead from Carolina.
The Devils Projected Lines:
Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Dawson Mercer
Yegor Sharangovich – Jesper Boqvist – Tomas Tatar
Miles Wood – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian