The New Jersey Devils took down the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 6-0.
The New Jersey Devils team that played in Montreal did put on a show but was much more reliant on Jack Hughes. It was also a boring game if it is being compared to the one that the other squad played in Newark.
This team earned a big 6-0 win and it was pure domination. The Devils outshot them 34-21 in this one and played well from the moment that the puck dropped. In fact, they were winning 4-0 just a handful of minutes into the game.
There were also six unique goal scorers as Ondrej Palat, Erik Haula, Tyce Thompson, Alexander Holtz, Timo Meier, and Michael McLeod all scored. It was a great display of offensive depth in the first preseason game.
Nico Hischier created the Timo Meier goal and it showed just how good he is. Few people are going to stop him and his tenacity this season. Jesper Bratt also assisted on the goal and it was his third of three on the night. These guys are ready to go.
Seeing Erik Haula, Ondrej Palat, and Michael McLeod all get on the board is nice too because they need to bring a good bottom-six performance this season. However, Holtz and Thompson scoring a goal is awesome. In the case of Holtz, that is their number three prospect that they have a lot of faith in.
Thompson might never be his brother Tage but he can be a good NHL player if he keeps working on his craft. He has the tools to be a good NHL player. This is the time to get noticed and both young players did.
The Devils aren’t going to be playing against a preseason Flyers team all season long but playing like this against them is better than the alternative. It was a great night of hockey for the Devils as they get set for what promises to be a great year.