New Jersey Devils (8-6-4 20pts) @
Nashville Predators (11-8-1 23pts)
Coming off a shootout loss the other night, the New Jersey Devils head to the “Music City” to take on the Nashville Predators. Nashville dictated the majority of the play in the first period as they held a 9-2 shots advantage and kept the Devils offensive chances limited. Captain Roman Josi got the Predators on the board first at the 7:31 mark during 4 on 4 play. Josi received a pass at the offensive blue line and skated the puck towards the face off circle where he wristed a shot that trickled past Devils goalie Jonathan Bernier for the 1-0 lead and his seventh goal of the campaign. That would be the only goal of the period as Nashville would take a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
Phillip Tomasino early in the second period found his way to the front of the net & chipped the puck in to extend Nashville’s lead to 2-0. That was his fourth goal of the season. It was another dominant period for Nashville as they kept up the pressure from the first period and barely gave the Devils anything. Tomasino’s goal would stand for the only goal scored in the period as the Predators would have a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Mikael Granlund improved Nashville’s lead to 3-0 at the 6:45 mark of the third period scoring his fifth goal of the season. Granlund received a nice pass on the backhand from Matt Duchene and then roofed it over Bernier’s glove for the goal. After being outplayed and hustled for most of the game, the Devils finally got on the board at the 11:58 mark thanks to Andreas Johnsson who scored his seventh goal of the season. Johnsson got a pass to the side of the net from Dawson Mercer and then buried it into the back of the net for the goal. New Jersey tried clawing their way back but ultimately it was too late as Alexandre Carrier scored an empty net goal to make it 4-1. The Devils did score one more time as Tomas Tatar scored his third of the season but it didn’t make much difference as they would lose to the Nashville Predators by a final score of 4-2. New Jersey returns back home to take on division rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.
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Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday 11/28/21 7pm EST