Throughout the offseason, The Devils’ Den will preview the Devils 2010-2011 schedule, giving you an in-depth preview of the 29 other teams the Devils will face next season. We’ve already completed several previews, all of which can be found under the “Analysis/Reaction” tab. In today’s preview, we go to the Western Conference, taking a look at this season’s matchup with the Edmonton Oilers.
Oilers vs. Devils – Historical Data
In 68 all-time regular season meetings, the Devils are 27-32-9-0 against Edmonton. New Jersey averages 3.40 goals against the Oilers, but Edmonton scores 3.74 goals per meeting. Last season, the teams met once, with the Oilers blanking the Devils, 2-0.
Gilbert Brule broke a scoreless tie at 1:23 of the second period, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Marc Pouliot pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal at 8:28 of the third period. Jeff Deslauriers stopped 22 shots for the shutout.
Devils vs. Oilers – This Season’s Matchup
The Devils and Oilers will square off once this season, on November 17 at the Prudential Center. The Oilers haven’t made any big moves this offseason. They did have the number one pick in the draft, selecting Taylor Hall and inking the rookie to a one-year deal. The team made one trade, sending Patrick O’Sullivan to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Jim Vandermeer.
Clearly, the Oilers are a team that is rebuilding. But they can’t be taken lightly. They dominated the Devils last season, and while it won’t be a tough matchup, the Devils cannot slack off against opponents like the Oilers. These are the “easy” points of the season, and no team wants to waste an opportunity to get two points. Plus it’s a Friday night matchup, so fans should be able to get pretty good seats because the Oilers don’t really attract a huge crowd.
Other Important Stats
In two career starts, Deslauriers is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against-average and a .983 save percentage…In 16 career starts against Edmonton, Martin Brodeur is 8-6-2 with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage. The Oilers remain one of three NHL teams that Brodeur has never shut out…In 24 career games against the Oilers, Jamie Langenbrunner has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) and is a +11.
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