As many of you are aware, hockey season kicks off tomorrow for the Devils. New Jersey will be playing a pair of split squad games, one at home against the New York Rangers that begins at 7 PM and one up in Montreal against the Canadiens that starts at 7:30 PM. The Rangers game is being televised on NHL Network outside of the New York metropolitan area and locally on MSG+.
For the game at Prudential Center versus New York, the forwards will consist of Brian Boyle, Jesper Bratt, Kurtis Gabriel, Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Nick Lappin, Michael McLeod, Stefan Noesen, Blake Pietila, John Quenneville, Kevin Rooney and Eric Tangradi with Yegor Sharangovich as a healthy scratch.
The defense corps for the Ranger game will be: captain Andy Greene, free agent pick-up Eric Gryba, Steve Santini, 2018 first round pick Ty Smith, Sami Vatanen and Egor Yakovlev. Colby Sissons will be available but will not likely dress.
The goalies will be Keith Kinkaid and Cam Johnson.
For the game in Quebec, Joey Anderson, Brandon Baddock, Blake Coleman, Brandon Gignac, Marcus Johansson, Kyle Palmieri, Brett Seney, Blake Speers, Drew Stafford, Marian Studenic, Pavel Zacha and Travis Zajac will play up front with Nate Bastian as an extra.
The defense in Montreal will be Will Butcher, Josh Jacobs, Ben Lovejoy, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson and Brian Strait. Xavier Bernard will be on the trip but likely will not dress.
The goalies for the Habs game will be Eddie Lack and Mackenzie Blackwood.
This information comes from the Devils’ official website. We will, of course, have coverage of the Devils-Rangers game here and will try to do something with the information we can get on the Devils-Canadiens game, too.