Nugent-Hopkins missed the first two games of the season and wasn’t expected to return to the lineup until November after undergoing shoulder surgery last April.
“I’m feeling really good,” the 20-year old center told the Oilers official website. “The healing is done and my strength is up where it needs to be. Those were the two biggest things.”
While the addition of Nugent-Hopkins may boost the Oilers offense, it’s been their goaltending that has helped them to where they are with a 0-2-0 record to start the season. Devan Dubnyk has struggled with his duty in net, allowing five goals in each of his first two starts and was yanked out of his last game against the Vancouver Canucks after letting up five goals on 31 shots.
The Devils have had struggles of their own out of the gate and will be looking to avoid their first winless streak through the first three games of the season since 2010-20122 when they went 0-2-1 to start the season.
Martin Brodeur will start his second straight game for New Jersey tonight as they enter their second of 22 back-to-back match ups. Cory Schneider is slated to return to the crease on Tuesday night to face his former team in Vancouver. Brodeur allowed three goals on 26 shots in his first of the season Friday night against the New York Islanders. The Devils earned their first point in a 4-3 shootout loss after Brodeur surrendered a goal in the sixth round of the skills competition.
Michael Ryder and Damien Brunner, two of the newest New Jersey Devils combined for three goals in Friday nights shootout loss. Brunner played three games and collected two assists against the Oilers last season as a part of the Detroit Red Wings, formerly of the Western Conference.
The Devils haven’t faced the Oilers since January 11, 2012 when they lost 2-1 in overtime.
Steve MacIntyre (Knee) and Corey Potter (Back) are both questionable for the Oilers lineup tonight. Mattias Tedenby (lower body) remains as an Injured, Non-Roster player for New Jersey.
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