The Edmonton Oilers look for their fourth straight win to start the season when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. James Neal scored four goals for the Oilers in Edmonton’s 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Neal has already scored six goals this season after scoring just seven, last season with Calgary in 63 games.
New Jersey plays the second half of a back-to-back on Thursday after playing on the road against the Flyers Wednesday before returning home to host the Oilers. The Devils lost to the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 on Saturday for their second loss in as many games this season. Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac each scored a goal in the loss.
James Neal leads Edmonton in goals scored with six, while Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in assists with six and points with eight. In net, Mike Smith is 2-0-0 with goals against of 3.50 and saves percentage of .892. Edmonton is scoring an average of 4.67 goals per game while allowing an average of 3.00 per game.
Blake Coleman leads the Devils in goals scored with two and in points with three, while Taylor Hall is leading in assists with two. In net, MacKenzie Blackwood is 0-1-1 with goals against of 6.58 and saves percentage of .800. New Jersey is scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game and allowing an average of 5.50 per game.