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Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Attendance: 14,724
Devils hope to regain momentum vs. Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils
- The Devils swept the season series in 2018-19 with a pair of shootout wins and are 8-2-0 in the past 10 meetings. New Jersey has allowed just nine goals during five straight home wins against Arizona for its second-longest active home win streak against any opponent (Vancouver -- 6).
- Arizona had a four-game win streak stopped with Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders. It was the most goals given up this season by the Coyotes, who are tied for the league lead with 2.11 goals allowed per game. Since the start of last season, Arizona ranks fourth with 2.63 goals allowed per game.
- After opening the season on an 0-4-2 slide, the Devils have rebounded to win two straight. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots and Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal in a 1-0 victory over the Canucks on Saturday. The Devils have power-play goals in two straight games after a season-opening 0-for-18 drought.
- Darcy Kuemper had allowed two goals or fewer in a franchise-record 13 straight starts before Thursday's loss. Kuemper has never beaten the Devils, going 0-3-2 in five appearances despite a 2.29 goals-against average. Antti Raanta, meanwhile, is 4-0-1 with a 2.17 goals-against lifetime against New Jersey.
- Taylor Hall has been limited to one goal through the first eight games, tied for the fewest of his career at that point. He also had one goal though eight games in 2017-18 and his 2010-11 rookie season. Hall has averaged 1.04 points per game against Arizona, his fifth-most against any opponent (minimum 10 games).
- Cory Schneider is 9-2-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average in his career against the Coyotes. That's his lowest goals-against vs. any opponent he's faced at least 10 times. He's won five consecutive home starts against Arizona while stopping 137 of 145 shots for a .945 save percentage.
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Just when New Jersey's Jack Hughes finally gets his offensive game going and is finding the score sheet, the Devils get shut down for a while.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 June draft, Hughes recorded his long-awaited first NHL point last week with an assist in a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers.
He followed that with the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, giving the Devils a much-needed two-game winning streak.
And then ... New Jersey was idle for five long days.
The Metropolitan Division team suits back up for action against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. ET in Newark, N.J.
The wait for Hughes, 18, was an unproductive one through New Jersey's first six winless contests, but the rookie center now seems primed to turn the corner.
The prized prospect from Orlando, Fla., failed to produce a point while centering a third line between Blake Coleman and Wayne Simmonds.
Meanwhile, the Devils couldn't check off their first win of the season, even blowing a three-goal home lead against the Florida Panthers that turned into a 6-4 defeat in a Columbus Day matinee.
But Hughes recorded his first NHL point by garnering the primary assist on Miles Wood's game-winning goal in the win over the Rangers.
Hughes finally cashed in his first NHL goal on the power play on Saturday, scoring the only marker as the Devils and goalie Mackenzie Blackwood blanked the visiting Canucks.
Hughes became the first player in league history to score his first career goal while his brother was playing for the other side.
Quinn Hughes, Jack's older brother, is a defenseman for the Canucks, and roughly 75 members of the family were in attendance.
"When you see it go in, you just start screaming a bunch of random stuff. It's a little overdue, but it's good to get on the board," said the younger Hughes of his one-timer tally.
Added Quinn: "Honestly, I think (that type of goal) is something new in his arsenal because usually he comes down and just rips a wrister."
Christian Dvorak has been a major reason for Arizona's strong start and recent four-game winning streak.
The 23-year-old Illinois native has recorded all four of his goals this season in the last five games, and none may have been bigger than Tuesday's overtime winner against the Rangers.
Dvorak darted around Blueshirts free-agent acquisition Artemi Panarin in the three-on-three session, then he roofed in his first career overtime goal 64 seconds into the extra period as Arizona won for the fourth consecutive time.
After the 3-2 overtime win in Madison Square Garden, teammate Lawson Crouse talked up the play of Dvorak.
"I think he could be probably one of the hottest players in hockey right now," Crouse said. "I've been fortunate enough to see him grow the last three or four years now. He's a very special player."
The Coyotes lost 4-2 to the New York Islanders on Thursday night, marking the first time they had given up more than two goals in a game in regulation.
Arizona has allowed just 19 goals through nine games, tying the Pacific club with division rival Vancouver for the fewest in the NHL.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 25, 2019