The Devils today put out a press release outlining their 2019 preseason schedule.
Overall, they will play seven games, with three at home and four on the road. One of the road games and one of the home games will be a split squad game early in the slate.
The preseason opens on Monday, September 16 when half of the squad will head to Montreal’s Bell Centre to take on the Canadiens at 7 PM and the other half will stay at home in Newark to take on the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Boston Bruins. That game will also be at 7 PM.
On Wednesday, September 18, the Devils will cross the Hudson to take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden at 7 PM. This will likely be the first meeting between the first and second overall picks in the 2019 NHL Draft (assuming both players are healthy, playing and the Rangers are not playing a split squad with their pick at the other location).
The teams will then move across the Hudson in the other direction on Friday, September 20 as the Devils will host the Rangers at Prudential Center at 7 PM. That will kick off a two-game preseason “homestand” for the Devils. They will also renew pleasantries with the Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday, September 21 at 7 PM.
From there, the remaining games are on the road. They will travel north to TD Garden to take on the Bruins on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 PM to round out their two games with Boston.
They then travel to Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Friday, September 27 at 7 PM to finish off the preseason against the Blue Jackets.
Much as in the past, I would assume that the three home games plus the game at the Garden against the Rangers will be broadcast on MSG Networks. Of course, the TV schedule has yet to come out, but we shall see. Other than that, this gets the ball rolling as we quickly shoot towards the 2019-20 NHL season.