Bennett (leg) has been cleared to play on Tuesday.
Bennett has missed the last three games with a leg laceration, but he is set to return on Tuesday. With Pavel Zacha (face) out, Bennett will likely slide onto the the third line. Bennett enters play with seven points (1G / 6A) in 20 games this season.
Zacha (facial laceration) will not play Tuesday vs. the Canucks.
Zacha was cut during Saturday’s win in Nashville and will miss his first game of the season on Tuesday. Zacha has picked up two goals and five assists (seven points) in 24 games this season—expect Zacha to be replaced by either Beau Bennett or Sergey Kalinin, who were both cleared to play on Monday.
Schneider allowed four goals on 33 shots in the Devils’ loss in Chicago last Thursday. Keith Kinkaid started on Saturday, so there’s no surprise that Schneider will start vs. his former team tonight in New Jersey. Schneider has struggled on the road, but is an impressive 7-0-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .920 SV% at home.
Kinkaid allowed three goals on 49 shots in the Devils’ loss in Pittsburgh last Saturday. Kinkaid has played well this season, posting a 2.35 GAA and .933 SV% in five games. Kinkaid will be in tough vs. a Predators team that has won four of their last five and the Devils have struggled on the road this season.
Schneider allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Devils’ loss in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Schneider has lost four of his last five starts while posting an un-Schneider-like 3.58 GAA and .874 SV%. He will be in tough tonight against a Blackhawks team that is 11th in the NHL in scoring with 2.75 goals per game.
Schneider allowed five goals on 33 shots in the Devils’ overtime loss to the Red Wings last Friday. Schneider has struggled recently, losing three of his last four starts with a 3.69 GAA and .868 SV%. Tonight Schneider will face a Jets team that has lost five of their last six games while being outscored by their opponents 20-9.
Hall is travelling on the Devils’ three-game road-trip, but he will sit out of the first game on Tuesday. It will be the eighth consecutive game that Hall has missed, but his return could come as early as Thursday.
Zajac (undisclosed) will not practice on Monday, but will travel with the team to Winnipeg.
Zajac took a maintenance day on Monday, but will accompany the team to Winnipeg for Tuesday’s game. The Devils recalled Miles Wood from Albany (AHL) ahead of the road-trip, so expect him to play if Zajac can’t play vs. the Jets.
The Devils have recalled Miles Wood from Albany (AHL).
Wood, 21, was a fourth-round pick (100th overall) in 2013. The American-born winger has picked up three goals and three assists (six points) in 14 games with Albany. Wood will be at practice on Monday and could make his season debut this week.
Palmieri (upper-body) will return to the Devils' lineup on Friday.
Palmieri has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, but will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Red Wings. There is no word who he will replace in the lineup, but he is expected to skate on a line with Michael Cammalleri and Travis Zajac. Palmieri has three goals and four assists (seven points) in 17 games this season.
Kinkaid allowed four goals on 41 shots in the Devils’ loss in San Jose on Monday. Cory Schneider started in the Devils’ OT loss last night, so Kinkaid will go tonight in Pittsburgh. Kinkaid has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.24 GAA and .931 SV% in four starts this season, but draws a rough matchup tonight.