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Monday, October 7th (All times Eastern)

New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) at Edmonton Oilers (0-2-0), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers will have some welcomed help on Monday night as they try to avoid their first 0-3 start in 18 years.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to make his season debut for the Oilers when they take on a New Jersey Devils club also looking for its first win of the campaign.

Nugent-Hopkins has been out since undergoing left shoulder surgery in late April. The top overall pick of the 2011 draft had 52 points in 62 games as a rookie in 2011-12, but netted just four goals with 24 points in 40 games a season ago.

The 20-year-old is making an early-than-expected return and on Sunday skated on a line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Hall shifted from center back to left wing after playing the first two games in the middle due to the absence of Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner (broken jaw).

"I'm excited to be back playing with Nuge. I'm excited for him to be back. It's a huge addition to our team. I'm happy being on wing. I've played there for a long time and had a lot of success there so I'm comfortable with the position and I've just got to revert back to my old habits now," said Hall.

The Oilers would like to get back into the habit of winning. They opened their season with a 5-4 home loss to Winnipeg last Tuesday, then allowed Vancouver to score five straight goals en route to a 6-2 setback to the Canucks on Saturday.

Jeff Petry and Boyd Gordon had tallies in the loss, while Devan Dubnyk allowed five goals on 31 shots faced.

"If you are not going to battle and win battles and compete like every shift is your last, you are not going to win in this league," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said.

Edmonton is 0-2 for the first time since 1989-90 and has not begun a season with three straight losses since an 0-4 start to the 1995-96 campaign.

New Jersey has also lost its first two contests of the season, but earned a point last time out in a 4-3 shootout setback to the New York Islanders on Friday. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves and another five in the shootout before getting beat in the sixth round by New York's Matt Moulson.

A pair of first-year Devil skaters had the regulation goals, with Damien Brunner scoring twice and Michael Ryder adding a tally.

New Jersey, which was bested 3-0 in Pittsburgh the previous night, is trying to avoid matching its 0-2-1 start to the 2010-11 season and begins a five-game road trip tonight through Canada. The Devils are also slated to makes stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa.

"It's going to take time," Brodeur said of blending in all the new faces. "I think we need to give ourselves a little time here. I think it's a great thing we're going on the road here. We can get to know each other and learn how to play with each other."

The Devils have won two straight and five of their previous seven versus the Oilers, including a 2-1 overtime victory in Edmonton in the most recent matchup on Jan. 11, 2012.

New Jersey has six victories and a tie in its last eight games in Edmonton.

10/07 10:27:47 ET

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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
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DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
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DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
2nd
WAS 0
CHC 0
 
2nd
ARI 0
STL 1
 
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10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
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10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
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SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
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7:05pm Friday
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7:10pm Friday
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7:10pm Friday
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8:05pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
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10:05pm Friday
DET
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10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
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10:15pm Friday
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MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
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PHI
 
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4:10pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
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CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
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9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
1st
ANA 0
CHI 0
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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