Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
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SB Nation Devils Blog: All About The Jersey
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New Jersey Devils
Record: (2-1-0) | 4 PTS
Division Ranking: 7th in Metropolitan
PP: 22nd (16.7%)
PK: 19th (76.9%)
1. Return to New Jersey
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Will Butcher heads to the Prudential Center for the first time in his professional career as an opposing player.
Butcher, acquired by Buffalo in an offseason trade, spent the first four seasons of his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils.
In those four seasons, Butcher played in 238 games while amassing 106 points (14 goals, 92 assists).
Saturday night marks the first time that Butcher will take on the New Jersey Devils and emotions are certainly expected to be high.
2. Bouncing Back
The Buffalo Sabres experienced a loss for the first time this season on Friday night against the Boston Bruins.
While Buffalo continued to play their high-event style of hockey, which has quickly become common place, the Bruins skill level was simply too much for the Sabres.
Can Buffalo get back to their winning ways against the Devils? One thing is for certain, the Sabres will need to turn more scoring chances into goals.
3. An Unlikely Group of Goalscorers
With the absence of offense from injured forward Jack Eichel, different players will need to step up and take the lead offensively.
Through four games, that has happened.
Victor Olofsson, Kyle Okposo, Tage Thompson and Zemgus Girgensons are tied for the team lead in goals. Each player has two goals heading into Saturday night’s matchup with the New Jersey Devils.
It is likely that the goal scoring prowess of this foursome will not keep up with this pace throughout the season but a hot start to a long season never hurts.
Jeff Skinner - Dylan Cozens - Vinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus Asplund - Tage Thompson - Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork - Zemgus Girgensons - Kyle Okposo
Drake Caggiula - Arttu Ruotsalainen - John Hayden
Rasmus Dahlin - Will Butcher
Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller
Robert Hagg - Mark Pysyk
Starter: Dustin Tokarski
New Jersey Devils
Pavel Zacha - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt
Yegor Sharangovich - Michael McLeod - Janne Kuokkanen
Andreas Johnsson - Dawson Mercer - Tomas Tatar
Mason Geertsen - Frederik Gauthier - Jimmy Vesey
Ryan Graves - Dougie Hamilton
Jonas Siegenthaler - P.K. Subban
Damon Severson - Christian Jaros
Starter: Scott Wedgewood