Devils to open 2018-19 season in Sweden, report says

By On January 27, 2018

Devils to open 2018-19 season in Sweden, report says

The Devils will open the 2018-19 season far, far away from Newark.

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the NHL Board of Governors confirmed the Devils and Edmonton Oilers will play a regular-season game in Sweden to open the 2018-19 season.

The Devils will also end their preseason schedule with a game in Switzerland.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will hold 5:30 p.m. press conference on Saturday as a part of All-Star weekend in Tampa, where further details could be available.

Current Devils Marcus Johansson and Jesper Bratt are both natives of Sweden, and Adam Larsson -- who the Devils traded to the Oilers for Taylor Hall in 2016 -- is also Swedish born. Jesper Boqvist, the Devils' 2017 second-round pick, is also from Sweden.

The Devils have ties to Switzerland through Nico Hischier. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick is the highest drafted Swiss player in NHL histor y. Defenseman Mirco Mueller is also from Switzerland.

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The NHL hosted two games in Sweden during the 2017-18 season when the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators played a pair of games.

Per LeBrun, the Devils and Oilers are slated to play one regular season game in Sweden, so the teams would still have one meeting in Edmonton or Newark next season.

The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers are also slated to play two regular-season games in Finland in November of 2018.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.

Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden

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