Preseason Split: New Jersey Devils Split Roster for Two Opening Games on Monday Night

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Preseason Split: New Jersey Devils Split Roster for Two Opening Games on Monday Night

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On Monday, Sept. 16, the Devils split their roster up and sent one team to Canada to play the Montreal Canadians and the other team stayed at home to play the Boston Bruins, the runners up for the Stanley Cup last season.

The Devils did not split the teams evenly in terms of talent and popularity. In Montreal, the roster was not as stacked and it was no surprise when game began with a rocky start. The Devils were down 2-0 in the first few minutes of the game. They tried to come back and tie it up but ended with a 4-2 loss to the Canadians.

At the Rock, 4 new players, Nikita Gusev, Jack Hughes, PH Subban, and Jesper Boqvist made their debut for the Devils. 18-year-old fan favorite, Jack Hughes, scored the first goal for the Devils to tie the game with the Bruins. With a minute left in the third quarter, the Bruins tied the game 3-3, to force the game into overtime. Hughes and the Devils were not done yet. Hughes scored within 40 seconds into overtime to win the game for the Devils.

With one win and one loss for the Devils on Monday night, the season is looking bright for rookie, Hughes, and the rest of the Devils team. As Hughes is a young player and the first overall draft pick for the 2019 draft, a new younger audience and most of the hockey community have held him on a pedestal and expected a lot out of him. Hughes did not disappoint in his debut as he had many beautiful plays, two goals, and the overtime goal. Hughes had a lot of expectations to live up to after the New Jersey Devils used him to target younger audiences through social media campaigns, on Instagram and Tik Tok, in an effort to increase ticket sales.

“I think the whole team is excited, there’s a buzz around the team right now. Everyone is really excited to get going here because of all the new additions. I think there’s just a positive outlook on the year to come, myself included, we’re all just pretty excited,” stated goalie, Mackenzie Blackwood, when asked about the upcoming season.

Since Monday’s games, the Devils won 4-3 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The Devils are set to play the Rangers Friday, Sept. 20 and the New York Islanders on Saturday, Sept. 21. With these past three games in the preseason and new players, the New Jersey Devils’ season is looking bright.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 17.

Sources:

https://pucksandpitchforks.com/2019/09/17/jack-hughes-leads-new-jersey-devils-first-time/
https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2019/9/17/20869490/new-stars-make-their-devils-debut-for-a-win-squad-falls-to-montreal-preseason-split-squad-game-recap
https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/feature-key-quotes-as-camp-opens/c-309129762

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