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NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils (5-2-1) at Minnesota Wild (3-4-2)



New Jersey opens its 41st season since relocating to the Garden State from Colorado in 1982-83. New Jersey earned a franchise record 52 wins and 112 points in the standings last season. The Devils open their third back-to-back set, and first road trip for the 2023-24 campaign (4 games). Jersey’s team tied a franchise record 28 road wins (28-9-4) last season. Prior to 2023-24, the team won 28 road games (28-10-3) in 1998-99. Jersey’s team did not suffer a shutout in 2022-23, and the last time the team was shutout was on Apr. 24, 2022, in a 3-0 loss to Detroit at the Rock. The 82 games played last season marked the longest stretch in franchise history for a single season that the team didn’t suffer a shutout. Prior to 2022-23, the longest stretch in a single season that the Devils did not suffer a shutout was 80 games, which were played from Oct. 9, 1987, to Apr. 3, 1988. The team’s longest stretch in franchise history over multiple seasons without experiencing a shutout against were 111 games played from Jan. 5, 1999, to Feb. 29, 2000. The team enters Thursday’s contest vs Minnesota with 93 consecutive regular-season games without being shut out, which is the fourth-longest stretch in franchise history:


New Jersey won a season-high 38 of 60 face-offs (63%) on Tue., Oct. 24th vs Montreal. The last time that the team won 38, or more, face-offs in a game was Mar. 25, 2023, vs Ottawa (39/68, 57.4%). The most face-offs that a Devils player won in a game this season was 15, after Nico Hischier was 15/20 (75%) face-offs Oct. 16, vs FLA.


MET: 1-1-0

ATL: 3-1-0

CEN: 1-0-1

PAC: 0-0-0

EAST: 4-2-0

WEST: 1-0-1


Overall: 2-1-1

First game: 2-0-0 | home: 1-0-0 | road: 1-0-0

Second game: 0-1-1 | home: 0-1-1 | road:

New Jersey logged a 15-8-1 record in back-to-back games last season. The Devils were 6-5-1 in first half games played and 9-3-0 in second half games played for this matter in 2022-23. New Jersey’s next back-to-back set is scheduled for Nov. 24-25, CBJ/BUF




All-Time Wild Record: 12-9-8 (6-4-4 at Xcel Energy Center, 6-5-4 at New Jersey) 2023-24: The Devils won the series-opening game, 4-3, at Prudential Center (10/29)…LW Pat Maroon led the Wild with two ponits (1- 1=2)…C Ryan Hartman (1-0=1) and D Jake Middleton (1-0=1) also scored goals for the Wild…G Marc-Andre Fleury saved 26-of-30 shots faced…LW Jesper Bratt led New Jersey with three points (2-1=3)…LW Eric Haula (1-0=1) and RW Tyler Toffoli (1-0=1) also scored for New Jersey, while D Luke Hughes recorded two assists (0-1=2)…G Vitek Vanecek stopped 31 of 34 shots faced.

WILD LEADERS: Zuccarello leads Minnesota with 23 points (6-17=23) in 33 contests against the Devils…D Alex Goligoski has 14 points (4- 10=14) in 33 games…D Jared Spurgeon owns 11 points (3-8=11) in 14 matches…Maroon has 11 points (5-6=11) in 16 games.

WILD GOALIES: G Marc Andre-Fleury is 24-26-5 with a 2.49 GAA, a .914 SV% and six shutouts in 55 career starts against New Jersey… Gustavsson is 2-0-0 with a 1.38 GAA and a .961 SV% in two starts.

DEVILS LEADERS: Toffoli leads New Jersey with 19 points (10-9=18) in 28 games against Minnesota…RW Timo Meier has 14 points (5-9=14) in 26 games…Bratt owns eight points (3-5=8) in nine games.

DEVILS GOALIES: Vanecek is 1-1-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a .895 SV% in four starts vs. the Wild…G Akira Schmid has not faced the Wild.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota is 11-6-4 in its last 21 games against New Jersey and saw a nine-game point streak (7-0-2) end with the loss at Prudential Center on 10/29.


Matt Boldy: upper body

Freddy Gaudreau: upper body

Alex Goligoski: lower body

Jared Spurgeon: upper body


October 22 – November 1, 2023

11/1/23 Recalled D Daemon Hunt from Iowa


• Dating back to Nov. 19th, 2022, Minnesota is 25-8-4 at home for a .730 point percentage, tied for the second-most wins and marking the fifth-best home point percentage in the NHL during that span. • In home games since Nov. 19, 2022, the Wild has allowed 2.38 goals per game (third in NHL) and recorded a .920 save percentage (second-best in NHL). • Minnesota ranked tied for sixth in the NHL with a .659 home point percentage and tied for seventh with 25 home victories during the 2022-23 season.


• The Wild scored two shorthanded goals on the same first-period penalty kill at MTL (10/17), first from Brandon Duhaime at 9:20 and second from Connor Dewar at 9:45, marking the second time in franchise history scoring multiple SHGs on the same penalty kill, the third time in franchise history scoring two SHGs in the same period, and the sixth time in franchise history scoring multiple SHGs in a single game. • Minnesota currently ranks tied for fourth in the NHL with two shorthanded goals this season. • Minnesota ranked third in the NHL with 14 shorthanded goals (SHG) during the 2022-23 season. • The Wild scored its 14th SHG of the season at CHI (4/10), breaking the franchise’s previous single-season record set in the 2000-01 season. • Minnesota recorded two SHG in a single game twice a 10-day span (3/29 at COL, 4/8 vs. STL) after doing so only three times previously in franchise history.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE • Minnesota went 42-7-8 (.807) last season when obtaining a lead at any point in the game, the seventh-best point percentage in the NHL in such situations. • The Wild was 31-0-3 (.956) last season when leading through two periods, the third-best point percentage in the NHL. • Minnesota was 15-1-11 (.759) last season in games that became tied with less than five minutes left in regulation, tied for the fifth-most victories in the NHL.

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