While the Panthers seek their first consecutive wins of the season, as well as their first in regulation, the Devils hunt their first victory since Oct. 16.
New Jersey started the season with four consecutive victories but remains winless since then with two regulation losses and, most recently, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Nico Hischier scored twice in the loss, Taylor Hall extended his point-scoring streak to six games and Kyle Palmieri notched his team-high 11th point. Yet the Devils let a one-goal slip away late in the third period Thursday before Nashville's Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in overtime.
"I think we did a pretty good job of playing back to a type of game we need to play," Devils captain Andy Greene said of the team's effort on Thursday.
Already missing injured forwards Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford, goalie Cory Schneider and defensemen Steven Santini and Ben Lovejoy, the Devils practiced without center Marcus Johansson on Friday. He was absent because of an illness and is questionable to play against the Panthers.
In addition, the Devils sent forward John Quenneville back to the minors on Friday and recalled rookie winger Joey Anderson from AHL Binghamton. Anderson had two goals and five points in eight minor league games this season.
"There are some guys on our team right now who sometimes when they have the chance to shoot the puck from quality areas, they are bypassing the shots," Devils coach John Hynes said. "For us, it has to be more pucks to the net, getting into the areas where you're going to score goals. We need that from more of our forwards in the lineup." >> Read more
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