DEVILS (8-9-2) at OILERS (6-11-2)
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Season series: The New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers split two games last season, each winning on home ice. Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr has 15 goals and 39 points in 32 games against the Oilers. Taylor Hall has two goals and four points in four games against the Devils.
Devils team scope: Adam Henrique returned to the lineup for the first time in seven games on Tuesday in a 3-1 road loss against the Winnipeg Jets. Henrique, who was recovering from a leg muscle pull, played 17:28, had no shots and won all seven faceoffs he attempted. He centered Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat at practice on Thursday, according to NJ.com. Dainius Zubrus, who was struck in the mouth with a puck in the second period Tuesday and needed four stitches, is probable, and Jacob Josefson, a healthy scratch in Winnipeg, was centering Tuomo Ruutu and Michael Ryder at practice. The Devils, playing the second game of a four-game road trip, have lost six of the past eight and have been outscored 20-14 over that stretch. Despite the struggles, the team is a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill over the past four games. The Devils are 2-9-2 on the road against Western Canadian teams over the last five seasons. "We're not scoring. We're not scoring on our chances. We had enough chances to get two or three goals [against Winnipeg]," coach Peter DeBoer said via Northjersey.com. "We had as many chances as they did despite the shot clock, you know, legitimate chances to score. We've got to find a way to get a power-play goal. Someone's got to get a goal for us. That's the bottom line."
Oilers team scope: Forward Jordan Eberle and defenseman Nikita Nikitin did not participate in practice on Thursday but are probable. The Oilers lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday, a 5-4 decision against the Vancouver Canucks to drop to 0-9-1 against opponents from the Western Conference. The Oilers have been outscored 14-10 in the past four games. The Oilers are 6-2-1 against Eastern Conference foes this season. "As a group I think we're sick of trying to pull too many positives. I think we're past that. I think we're trying to mature as a team where we're not patting ourselves on the back for individual things. I mean, we really need to be celebrating full team wins," captain Andrew Ference said via Edmontonsun.com. "It's no secret that there's a small margin for error in this League, a small difference between teams that are holding down playoff spots and teams that aren't."