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Coyotes begin regular season against powerhouse in New Jersey

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The regular season is finally here for the Arizona Coyotes, but they have to face-off with the third-best team in the NHL last season, the New Jersey Devils.

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With a 52-22-8 record, New Jersey earned a whopping 112 points last season.

Moreover, after going a perfect 7-0 in the preseason, the Devils continued their unbeaten streak with a season-opening 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night.

As for the Coyotes, they have yet to make their regular season debut after finishing 4-5 in preseason.

This will be the first of four games away from Tempe as the ‘Yotes make an East Coast trip before heading to St. Louis.

Here is all of what is needed to be known before the puck-drops between Arizona and New Jersey.

Pregame Notes

After finishing as one of the best teams in the league last season, the Devils were near-flawless in preseason and are coming off of a win against the Red Wings on Oct. 12.

Scoring 289 goals last year, New Jersey finished third in goals scored, only behind the offensive juggernaut with the Edmonton Oilers and 2022-23 Presidents Trophy winners, the Boston Bruins.

Leading the team, center Jack Hughes scored 43 goals and assisted 56 times for 99 points in 82 games in the 2022-23 campaign.

Last night, he picked up where he left off as Hughes scored twice against Detroit.

Besides Hughes, the Devils have arguably the best team in terms of depth in the NHL.

Players like Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Timo Meier and Dougie Hamilton are just some of the other stars that New Jersey possesses.

For Bratt especially, he was the preseason leader in points with 9 in 4 games.

After being traded by the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline in March, Meier finished the season with 40 goals scored.

In two games, the Devils won the season series against the Coyotes 2-0 last campaign.

Their first encounter was a 4-2 win for New Jersey on Nov. 12 followed up by a 5-4 overtime victory for the East Coast franchise at Mullett Arena on Mar. 5.

Meier scored his first goal as a Devil after he was traded when they played in Arizona.

All-time, the Coyotes have a record of 42-29-9-4 against New Jersey.

This will be the first game where Arizona rookie Logan Cooley will make his debut.

After recording 60 points in 39 games for the University of Minnesota, Cooley led the Coyotes in preseason points with 4 goals and 2 assists in 4 games.


Once both teams release the starting lineups, this will be updated. Stay tuned to Burn City Sports for more.

TV Information

Another debut will be happening tonight: the Coyotes will be on a new television station.

Because of the deal with Bally Sports Arizona ending, Scripps Sports will be broadcasting their first of 81 regular season games tonight produced by them.

On the Antenna TV channel, COX cable users can turn to Channel 95 in Phoenix while people in Tucson can go to Channel 85.

If your provider is Comcast in Tucson, Channel 1179 is where you can watch the matchup tonight.

For antenna users, use the remote and go to Channel 15.2 and in Tucson, it will be 9.2.

More information about the new television deal here.

The game starts at 4 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes, Cardinals and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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