After a great victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, the New Jersey Devils (2-1-0) travel down to Nashville for their one matchup against the Predators (2-1-0) this season.
Thursday’s game against the Kings was a game that every hockey fan dreams of. Drama, great action, overtime. The Devils were able to pull out the victory in the shootout, but they didn’t win quite the way they had hoped.
Martin Brodeur left Thursday’s game after the first period with “upper body soreness.” We now know he tweaked his right shoulder while making back-to-back game saving saves. Johan Hedberg stepped in and stopped everything that was thrown at him to collect his second win of the season.
Hedberg is expected to start tonight in Nashville. Brodeur made the trip with the team but will not be dressed as backup. Instead, the Devils called up rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Albany. Devils GM Lou Lamiorello stated it’s for precautionary measures and Kinkaid will be back in Albany for their game tomorrow. The Devils have off until next Friday (10/21), so it makes sense to give Brodeur some extra rest.
The Devils are currently on a two-game winning streak after being blanked in their home opener last Saturday. The Predators are looking to bounce back after losing their home opener on Thursday.
Some lineup changes tonight as Adam Henrique was sent down to Albany. Lamiorello says it’s only because of the five days off the Devils have in-between games and he wants Henrique to play in Albany’s upcoming games to keep him in shape. Also, Rod Pelley is expected to be scratched, and Eric Boulton is expected to be back in after being scratched on Thursday.
Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game:
Two of our Generals have made it out to Nashville for the game tonight: General Jaime and General Kim. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to get inside coverage of their trip. If you didn’t make it out to Nashville for the game, don’t worry. There is a viewing party tonight in Newark at Edison Ale House, located right across the street from the Prudential Center.