On Tuesday, the Seattle Kraken made their first-ever visit to the metropolitan area, but it did not go well.
Rookie Dawson Mercer scored five minutes into the game. A little over a minute and a half later, defenseman Damon Severson gave Newark a 2-0 lead on feeds from Jack Hughes and Ryan Graves' second assist of the period.
Seattle scored midway through the second period, but that was answered at 14:48 when Jimmy Vesey beat (G) Joey Daccord on feeds from Andreas Johnsson and Colton White.
The Kraken scored a power-play goal at 14:41 of the third period, but Pavel Zacha put the game out of reach with 0:20 left in regulation.
Newark's centermen joined together on five points and accounted for 18 (54%) of their 33 shots. Devil defensemen accounted for four points.
Newcomer Jonathan Bernier earns his second win in as many starts. Signed as a free agent, Bernier goalie stops 27 of 29 shots, and the Devils blocked 17 other attempts and escaped with 4 of 5 penalty kills.
The Devils open the season 2-0-0 at home, their first victory coming against the Blackhawks with four goals scored in each game.