The Devils will be without Taylor Hall (hand), Marcus Johansson (concussion) and Cory Schneider (illness) against the Predators on Thursday, via Amanda Stein of the Devils. Brian Boyle (personal) is expected to play after missing the morning skate.
Hall leads the Devils in goals (17), assists (31) and points (48) as well as shots (156) this season. In 29 games, Johansson has 14 points with 5 goals and 9 assists. In 35 starts for Schneider this season, the goaltender has 17 wins and a .913 save percentage.
Ken Appleby, 22, will make his first NHL start in goal against the Predators and Mackenzie Blackwood will be his backup. Appleby has played 65 minutes across two contests this season and has yet to allow a goal in 28 shots against.
Kevin Rooney, 24, has been called up to start. He's pointless in his four career NHL games, all last season. He has 9 goals and 9 assists in 41 games played for the Devils AHL affiliate this season.
The Devils play the Predators on Thursday night at 7 p.m.