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New Jersey Devils @ Edmonton Oilers: Game 3 Preview

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The blotter is back, baby.
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Derek Leung


0-1-1, 0.50 p/g 0-2-0, 0.00 p/g
Eastern Conf: T-10th Western Conf: T-13th

7:30 p.m. MDT | Sportsnet
Rexall Place

The opposing view: In Lou We Trust

Top Story:

New Jersey last came to Rexall Place in January of 2012 and the current incarnation of the Devils look nothing like those Devils. The roster has churned significantly, but these Devils still know how to get the puck and keep the puck. The Oilers have looked like a team lost, and without an idea in their own zone.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returns to the lineup to hopefully fix that. Dallas Eakins has already moved Hall back to left wing and Eberle back to the Hall line. Nugent-Hopkins will roll into a mess, but is his shoulder strong enough to hold up?

Changes on defense:  Brandon Davidson is up, and Andrew Ference may be out.  Can a Grebeshkov - Belov pairing withstand the Devils attack?

The Oilers are saying:

Eakins has to be trolling Matheson and Spector with that last sentence.  He has to be.

The Opponent is saying:

"You’re two games into an 82-game schedule. This is a long road. We’ve got a lot of new players. I think some of our issues in the neutral zone are due to new guys learning a new system too. So, we’ve just got to use our practice time as best we can and continue to chip away and get this put in the right spot."

-- Peter DeBoer has to be talking to Edmonton Fans.

Key matchup: It should be something to do with Hall back to the left wing and Hopkins back in the lineup, but the defense might be an issue. Petry and Smid have been okay, but they need to be outstanding against the Devils top six for the Oilers to have a chance.

Expected Lines & Pairings:

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
David Perron - Boyd Gordon - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Hamilton - Mark Arcobello - Nail Yakupov
Luke Gazdic - Will Acton - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Denis Grebeshkov - Anton Belov

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches: Jesse Joensuu - Andrew Ference

The Devils expected lineup comes via John Fischer at In Lou We Trust:

Dainius Zubrus - Patrik Elias - Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique - Travis Zajac - Michael Ryder
Ryane Clowe - Andrei Loktionov - Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene - Adam Larsson
Anton Volchenkov - Peter Harrold

Martin Brodeur

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