New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Nov. 18 @ Carolina

New Jersey Devils (8-8-2) @ Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-3)
5:00 PM ET • PNC Arena • MSG+ / FS-CAR • Devils Hockey Network

*Links for Devils Hockey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

Check @NJDevils on Twitter for Morning Skate Interviews

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

TBA

 

LAST GAME: NOV. 17 – NEW JERSEY 2 vs. DETROIT 3 (OT)

 

The Devils fell to the Red Wings in overtime, 3-2 in their second of three contests in the regular season between the two clubs.  This was the first game of New Jersey’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back matchups.  The club is 1-0-1 in first games, and 0-1-0 in second contests. 

Pavel Zacha got the Devils on the board at 11:35 in the first frame, recording his first goal and point of the season, getting the helper from Jesper Bratt. Bratt currently has three points in his first five games played (3A).

Blake Coleman notched his seventh goal and first shorthanded goal of the season at 15:53 in the third period, assisted by Damon Severson and Andy Greene. With his goal, Coleman extends his goal-streak to two games. This was the first shorthanded goal the Devils have recorded this season.

 

Keith Kinkaid started against the Red Wings, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced.  Kinkaid is now 1-0-1 in his career against Detroit, and to 8-5-2 this season.

 

New Jersey and Detroit’s third and final matchup will be March 29th at Little Caesars Arena.

 

TODAY’S GAME @ CAROLINA HURRICANES

 

Today’s game is the first of four regular season contests between New Jersey and Carolina, and the back end of New Jersey’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back games.  The Devils are 3-1-1 in day games so far this season, and are 4-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents. 

 

In the 2017-18 regular season, the Devils defeated the Hurricanes in the season series, 3-1-0 (6PTS).  Taylor Hall (2G-4A), and Kyle Palmieri (3G-3A) led New Jersey in scoring with six points each.  At the time, Devils rookie Nico Hischier (2G-2A) finished behind Hall, and Palmieri, with four points.  Carolina’s Brett Pesce (1G-2A), Victor Rask (3A), and Justin Williams (1G-2A) led Carolina with three points a piece.

 

Keith Kinkaid started all four games against Carolina, allowing nine goals, and posting a 2.23 GAA.  For the Hurricanes, Scott Darling (9 GA, 4.54 GAA), and Petr Mrazek (3 GA, 1.70 GAA) split time between the four games, allowing 12 goals between the two.

 

New Jersey and Carolina’s second matchup will be on December 29th, at Prudential Center.

 

INJURIES

 

Steven Santini (Broken Jaw, suffered Oct. 20) is on I.R., 12 games missed

Brian Boyle (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is on I.R., 3 games missed

Nico Hischier (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is day-to-day, 3 games missed

Sami Vatanen (Lower-body, suffered Nov. 15) is on I.R., 1 game missed

 

Total Man-Games Missed51

 

MILESTONES

 

Brian Boyle – 700th NHL GP (Oct. 25 vs NSH)

– 1 PT for 200 NHL career

Andy Greene –800 GP NHL/Devils career (Nov. 5 at PIT)

Ben Lovejoy – 5 PTS for 200 NHL career

Travis Zajac – 300th NHL/Devils career assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)

Taylor Hall – 100th Devils assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)

-4 G for 200 NHL career

-3 A for 300 NHL career

-7 PTS for 500 NHL career

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

 

Nov. 17: -Placed Sami Vatanen on I.R

-Recalled Eric Gryba from Binghamton (AHL)

Nov. 13: -Placed Brian Boyle on I.R

-Recalled Pavel Zacha from Binghamton (AHL)

Nov. 9: -Activated Jesper Bratt off I.R.

– Eddie Lack cleared waivers (prev. conditioning loan), assigned to Binghamton (AHL)

– Assigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Binghamton (AHL)

– Activated Stefan Noesen off I.R.

Nov. 3: -Placed Stefan Noesen on I.R. and activated Drew Stafford off I.R.

Nov. 2: -Assigned Kevin Rooney, and Pavel Zacha to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled forwards Kurtis Gabriel, and Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL)

Oct. 30: -Assigned Eric Gryba to Binghamton (AHL)

-Activated Ben Lovejoy off I.R.

 

BRODEUR IMMORTALIZED

 

The New Jersey Devils honored three-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender, Martin Brodeur, November 13th against the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2 W), following his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 12 in Toronto.

 

Clad in his recently-received Hockey Hall of Fame jacket, Brodeur participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Brodeur answered fan-submitted questions during a live, in-arena interview with NHL Network Host E.J. Hradek during the game’s second intermission.

   

Brodeur, 46, played 22 years in the National Hockey League, 21 with New Jersey. He anchored all three of the Devils’ Stanley Cup Championships, leading them to the top of the league in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He backstopped the team to five Eastern Conference titles, and a total of 17 playoff appearances. In 205 career playoff games, Brodeur went 113-91 with a 2.02 GAA and .919 save percentage, and posted 24 shutouts.

 

Brodeur’s name is etched throughout the NHL’s record books and he currently sits atop numerous categories, including regular-season wins (691), single-season wins (48, ’06-’07), overtime wins (69), games played (1,266), games played with a single team (1,260), regular season shutouts (125), playoff shutouts (24), minutes played (74,083), 40-win seasons (8), 30-win seasons (13), shutouts in a playoff campaign (7, ’03) and shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (tie: 3, ’03). He is the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400 and 500 career wins and is the only goalie to reach 600 career wins.

 

 

LAUREN BOYLE: HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER AMBASSADOR

 

New this season, Lauren Boyle – wife of New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle – has been named an official Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador. The trials of cancer are all too familiar for Lauren who has been a major support system for her husband. Brian was diagnosed in September 2017 with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer. NHL.com will publish special columns by Lauren this month detailing her personal experience, as well as an interview with her and last year’s ambassador Nicholle Anderson, cancer survivor and wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

 

HALL’IN IN THE POINTS

 

Taylor Hall’s nine game point-streak was snapped on Nov. 3rd vs. the New York Islanders (Oct. 11- Nov. 1; 2G-11A-13PTS) and has points in 12 of 17 games this season. Hall leads the Devils with 14 assists and is one point behind Kyle Palmieri for the team lead (20).

 

In the 2017-18 regular season, Hall had a remarkable 26 game point streak, notching 18 goals and 39 points during the run. Hall was the eighth different player in NHL history to record at least one point in 26+ consecutive appearances.

 

PALMIERI’S POINTS

 

Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first two games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician). Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.

 

With his two-goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals and point by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season.

 

HALL’S GOT HART

 

On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.

 

In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).

 

Hall was also the first Devils player to reach the 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09.

 

Additionally, Hall (93) posted a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).

 

To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last season and set the Devils franchise record (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.

 

During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).

 

Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).

 

MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER

 

On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.

 

Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3. On October 24, 2018 Boyle announced that his cancer was in full remission.

 

NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH

 

The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.

 

Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.

 

Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.

 

For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.

 

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 26-9-10 in one-goal games and in regulation are, 38-1-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 57-1-13 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Nov. 17 vs. Detroit

New Jersey Devils 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 3 (OT) 

  • Attendance: 16,514
  • Three Stars: 1. D. Larkin 2. P. Zacha 3. B. Coleman
  • **See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**

     

    TEAM NOTES

     

  • The Devils fell in overtime to the Red Wings, 3-2, in their second of three head-to-head contests of the 2018-19 campaign. New Jersey falls to 0-1-1 in the season series.  
  • Damon Severson led the team in time-on-ice, skating in 26:16 minutes and recorded two shots on goal.
  • The Devils have now scored a first period goal in eight of their nine home games this season (Credit: Craig Seiden, Devils hockey statistician). New Jersey also extended their streak to nine straight home games with a second period goal.
  • New Jersey has recorded at least 30 shots in seven of their last eight games.
  • The Devils didn’t have a power-play in the game today. This will be the 29th time in team history that they didn’t have a power-play. The last time was on 1/30/18 at BUF. It’s also the 2nd time in team history that NJD didn’t have a power-play vs DET. Last time was on 11/19/86 (Credit: Craig Seiden, Devils hockey statistician).
  • Keith Kinkaid’s shutout streak ended at 114:22 minutes, dating back to the third period vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday night (Credit: Craig Seiden, Devils hockey statistician).
  • New Jersey will face-off with the Red Wings on March 29th, at Little Caesars Arena, in the clubs’ third and final matchup of the 2018-19 regular season.

     

    PLAYER NOTES

     

  • Keith Kinkaid got the start in net for his sixteenth game of the season, playing in 64:09 minutes, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced.
  • Pavel Zacha got the Devils on the board at 11:35 in the first frame, recording his first goal and point of the season, getting the helper from Jesper Bratt. Bratt currently has three points in his first five games played (3A).
  • Blake Coleman notched his seventh goal and first shorthanded goal of the season at 15:53 in the third period, assisted by Damon Severson and Andy Greene. With his goal, Coleman extends his goal-streak to two games. This was the first shorthanded goal the Devils have recorded this season.

     

    STATISTICS

     

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/17 vs. Detroit

New Jersey Devils (8-8-1) vs Detroit Red Wings (8-9-2)
1:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / FS-D • Devils Hockey Network

*Links for Devils Hockey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

Check @NJDevils on Twitter for Morning Skate Interviews

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

10:45 AM Media availability for Head Coach John Hynes at Prudential Center*

LAST GAME: NOV. 15 – NEW JERSEY 3 @ PHILADELPHIA 0

The Devils defeated the Flyers, 3-0 in their second of four contests in the regular season.  The club finished 1-1-0 at Wells Fargo Center in the 2018-19 regular season.

 

Blake Coleman notched three points in the contest (1G-2A), marking the first time the Plano, TX native has tallied three points in one game.  Additionally, Coleman also tied his career high in shots on net, with five.

 

Devils rookies Joey Anderson tallied his first goal of his NHL career and the game-winning goal from the Devils, 3:45 into the first frame.

 

Brett Seney picked up his first career NHL assist, on Anderson’s goal.  The two newcomers have accounted for four points (2G-2A) in 15 GP.

 

Kyle Palmieri picked up his team-leading 11th goal of the season with a wrap-around goal in the third period.  Coleman, and Travis Zajac picked up the assists on the play.  With the helper, Zajac tallies his third point in two games (1G-2A; Nov. 13-15).

Keith Kinkaid earned his third shutout on the season (seventh career), stopping all 29 shots faced.  Kinkaid is now tied with Marc-Andre Fleury for the most shutouts in the league this season.  Kinkaid improved to 7-2-0 in his career against Philadelphia, and to 1-1-0 this season.

New Jersey and Philadelphia’s third contest will be January 12th at Prudential Center.

 

TODAY’S GAME vs. DETROIT RED WINGS

Today’s matinee is the second of three regular season contests between New Jersey and Detroit.  The Devils are 3-1-0 in day games so far this season, and are 1-4 against Atlantic Division opponents.  The two clubs faced off on Nov. 1 in Detroit, when the Devils fell 4-3.

 

In the first matchup between the two clubs, Marcus Johansson (1G-1A), Nico Hischier (2A), and Travis Zajac (2A) led New Jersey in scoring with two points each.  Blake Coleman (1G), and Sami Vatanen (1G) chipped in with one goal.  Detroit’s’ Dylan Larkin (2A) led his squad with two points on the evening.

Cory Schneider got his first start of the 2018-19 season against Detroit, stopping 27 of the 31 shots faced.  For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard earned his fifth victory against New Jersey, allowing three goals on 28 shots faced. 

New Jersey and Detroit’s third matchup will be on March 29th, at Little Caesars Arena.

 

INJURIES

Steven Santini (Broken Jaw, suffered Oct. 20) is on I.R., 11 games missed

Brian Boyle (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is on I.R., 2 games missed

Nico Hischier (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is day-to-day, 2 games missed

 

Total Man-Games Missed47

 

MILESTONES

 

Brian Boyle – 700th NHL GP (Oct. 25 vs NSH)

– 1 PT for 200 NHL career

Andy Greene –800 GP NHL/Devils career (Nov. 5 at PIT)

Ben Lovejoy – 5 PTS for 200 NHL career

Travis Zajac – 300th NHL/Devils career assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)

Taylor Hall – 100th Devils assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)

-4 G for 200 NHL career

-3 A for 300 NHL career

-7 PTS for 500 NHL career

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

 

Nov. 13: -Placed Brian Boyle on I.R

-Recalled Pavel Zacha from Binghamton (AHL)

Nov. 9: -Activated Jesper Bratt off I.R.

– Eddie Lack cleared waivers (prev. conditioning loan), assigned to Binghamton (AHL)

– Assigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Binghamton (AHL)

– Activated Stefan Noesen off I.R.

Nov. 3: -Placed Stefan Noesen on I.R. and activated Drew Stafford off I.R.

Nov. 2: -Assigned Kevin Rooney, and Pavel Zacha to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled forwards Kurtis Gabriel, and Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL)

Oct. 30: -Assigned Eric Gryba to Binghamton (AHL)

-Activated Ben Lovejoy off I.R.

 

BRODEUR IMMORTALIZED

The New Jersey Devils honored three-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender, Martin Brodeur, November 13th against the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2 W), following his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 12 in Toronto.

 

Clad in his recently-received Hockey Hall of Fame jacket, Brodeur participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Brodeur answered fan-submitted questions during a live, in-arena interview with NHL Network Host E.J. Hradek during the game’s second intermission.

   

Brodeur, 46, played 22 years in the National Hockey League, 21 with New Jersey. He anchored all three of the Devils’ Stanley Cup Championships, leading them to the top of the league in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He backstopped the team to five Eastern Conference titles, and a total of 17 playoff appearances. In 205 career playoff games, Brodeur went 113-91 with a 2.02 GAA and .919 save percentage, and posted 24 shutouts.

 

Brodeur’s name is etched throughout the NHL’s record books and he currently sits atop numerous categories, including regular-season wins (691), single-season wins (48, ’06-’07), overtime wins (69), games played (1,266), games played with a single team (1,260), regular season shutouts (125), playoff shutouts (24), minutes played (74,083), 40-win seasons (8), 30-win seasons (13), shutouts in a playoff campaign (7, ’03) and shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (tie: 3, ’03). He is the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400 and 500 career wins and is the only goalie to reach 600 career wins.

 

 

LAUREN BOYLE: HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER AMBASSADOR

New this season, Lauren Boyle – wife of New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle – has been named an official Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador. The trials of cancer are all too familiar for Lauren who has been a major support system for her husband. Brian was diagnosed in September 2017 with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer. NHL.com will publish special columns by Lauren this month detailing her personal experience, as well as an interview with her and last year’s ambassador Nicholle Anderson, cancer survivor and wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

HALL’IN IN THE POINTS

Taylor Hall’s nine game point-streak was snapped on Nov. 3rd vs. the New York Islanders (Oct. 11- Nov. 1; 2G-11A-13PTS) and has points in 12 of 17 games this season. Hall leads the Devils with 14 assists and is one point ahead of Kyle Palmieri for the team lead (19).

 

In the 2017-18 regular season, Hall had a remarkable 26 game point streak, notching 18 goals and 39 points during the run. Hall was the eighth different player in NHL history to record at least one point in 26+ consecutive appearances.

 

PALMIERI’S POINTS

Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first two games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician). Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.

 

With his two-goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals and point by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season.

 

HALL’S GOT HART

 

On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.

 

In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).

 

Hall was also the first Devils player to reach the 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09.

 

Additionally, Hall (93) posted a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).

 

To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last season and set the Devils franchise record (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.

 

During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).

 

Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).

 

MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER

On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.

 

Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3. On October 24, 2018 Boyle announced that his cancer was in full remission.

 

NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH

The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.

 

Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.

 

Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.

 

For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.

 

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 26-8-10 in one-goal game and are undefeated in regulation, 38-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 57-0-13 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: 11/13 vs. Pittsburgh

New Jersey Devils 4 at Pittsburgh Penguins 2 

  • Attendance: 15,108
  • Three Stars: 1. T. Hall 2. T. Zajac 3. D. Severson
  • **See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**

     

    TEAM NOTES

     

  • The Devils defeated the Penguins, 4-2, in their second of four head-to-head contests of the 2018-19 campaign. New Jersey leads the season series 2-0-0. The Devils are 3-2 against division rivals this season so far, outscoring their opponents, 17-9 in five games against Metropolitan Division clubs.
  • Sami Vatanen led the team in time-on-ice, skating in 25:00 minutes and recorded one shot on goal.
  • Nico Hischier was scratched for the first time in his NHL career (97 GP).
  • Ben Lovejoy tied his career-high in shots on goal, recording 6.
  • New Jersey will face-off with the Penguins on January 28th, at PPG Paints Arena, in the clubs’ third of four matchups of the 2018-19 regular season.

     

    PLAYER NOTES

     

  • Keith Kinkaid got the start in net for his fourteenth start of the season, playing in all 60 minutes, stopping 29 of 31 shots faced.
  • Travis Zajac got the Devils on the board 28 seconds into the first frame, recording his seventh goal of the season, getting the helpers from Taylor Hall and Damon Severson. The assist gives Hall his 100th with the Devils.
  • Damon Severson notched his third goal of the season at 8:06 in the second period, assisted by Hall and Jesper Bratt. This marks Severson’s second multi-point game of the season and Hall’s fourth. Bratt currently has a two-game point streak (2A).
  • Taylor Hall scored the Devils go-ahead goal at 8:07 in the third frame, tallying his fourth of the season, getting the assists from Zajac and Kyle Palmieri. With his assist, Zajac records his 300th NHL assist, all with the Devils. Hall notched his fourth point of the game on an empty net goal at 19:33 in the third period (2G-2A).

     

    STATISTICS

     

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/13 vs Pittsburgh


New Jersey Devils (6-8-1) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-3)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG / ATTSN-PT • Devils Hockey Network

*Links for Devils Hockey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

Check @NJDevils on Twitter for Morning Skate Interviews

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center*

LAST GAME: NOV. 11 – NEW JERSEY 2 @ WINNIPEG 5

The Devils fell to the Jets, 5-2, in their first of two contests of the 2018-19 season. With the loss, New Jersey dropped their seventh and final contest in their season-long road trip (1-6-0).  The Devils were outscored 34-17 during their road trip.

 

New Jersey’s seven game road trip marks the most games the club has played away from Prudential Center since the 2007-08 campaign, where the team opened their season playing nine contests on the road (3-5-1).

 

Brett Seney notched his first career NHL/Devils goal, 7:15 into the first frame.  The goal came off of a pass from Jesper Bratt from the corner to find Seney in the slot.  The helper marks Bratts’ first point of the 2018-19 season (13 games missed, fractured jaw). Blake Coleman tallied his fifth goal on the year, with help from Damon Severson.  Severson also notched an assist on Seney’s goal, giving him his first multi-point game of the season (2A).  

 

Egor Yakovlev made his NHL/Devils debut after being recalled from Binghamton on Oct. 22. Yakovlev skated in 16:41 and tallied two shots on net. 

 

Cory Schneider got the start against the Jets, stopping 23 of 28 shots; his record falls to 3-7-1 in his career against Winnipeg, and to 0-3-0 on the season.

 

New Jersey and Winnipeg will meet once more in the 2018-19 regular season, on December 1st at Prudential Center.

 

TONIGHT’S GAME vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Tonight’s matchup is the second of four regular season contests between New Jersey and Pittsburgh in 2018-19.  The two clubs faced off eight days ago (Nov. 5), where the Devils handed Pittsburgh their fourth regulation loss of the season, defeating the Penguins, 5-1.

 

The Devils are 2-2 against division rivals this season so far, outscoring their opponents, 13-7 in four games against Metropolitan Division clubs.

 

In the first matchup between the two clubs, Brian Boyle (3G) led New Jersey with three points.  Boyle’s three goals marked the first time in his 700+ game NHL career that the Massachusetts native recorded a hat-trick, a feat that was accomplished on Pittsburgh’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” night.  Jamie Oleksiak scored Pittsburgh’s first and only goal of the evening, with help coming from Jake Guentzel and Olli Maata.

 

Keith Kinkaid started against the Penguins stopping 35 of the 36 shots faced in 60 minutes of play.  For Pittsburgh, Matt Murray got the start, playing 40:00 allowing four goals on 27 shots faced.  Casey DeSmith came in to relieve Murray, finishing the final 20 minutes of play allowing one goal.

 

The Devils are 4-3-2 at Prudential Center, and 8-8-2 overall against the Penguins since the 2014-15 season.

 

New Jersey and Pittsburgh’s’ third matchup will be on January 28th, at PPG Paints Arena.

 

INJURIES

Steven Santini (Broken Jaw, suffered Oct. 20) is on I.R., 9 games missed

 

Total Man-Games Missed41

 

MILESTONES

 

Brian Boyle – 700th NHL GP (Oct. 25 vs NSH)

– 1 PT for 200 NHL career

Andy Greene –800 GP NHL/Devils career (Nov. 5 at PIT)

Ben Lovejoy – 5 PTS for 200 NHL career

Travis Zajac – 1 A for 300 NHL/Devils career

Taylor Hall – 1 A for 200 Devils

-6 G for 200 NHL career

– 5 A for 300 NHL career

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

 

Nov. 9: -Activated Jesper Bratt off I.R.

– Eddie Lack cleared waivers (prev. conditioning loan), assigned to Binghamton (AHL)

– Assigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Binghamton (AHL)

– Activated Stefan Noesen off I.R.

Nov. 3: -Placed Stefan Noesen on I.R. and activated Drew Stafford off I.R.

Nov. 2: -Assigned Kevin Rooney, and Pavel Zacha to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled forwards Kurtis Gabriel, and Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL)

Oct. 30: -Assigned Eric Gryba to Binghamton (AHL)

-Activated Ben Lovejoy off I.R.

 

HALL’IN IN THE POINTS

Taylor Hall’s nine game point-streak was snapped on Nov. 3rd vs. the New York Islanders (Oct. 11- Nov. 1; 2G-11A-13PTS) and has points in 11 of 15 games this season. Hall leads the Devils with 12 assists and is two points behind Kyle Palmieri for the team lead (17).

 

In the 2017-18 regular season, Hall had a remarkable 26 game point streak, notching 18 goals and 39 points during the run. Hall was the eighth different player in NHL history to record at least one point in 26+ consecutive appearances.

 

PALMIERI’S POINTS

Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first two games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician). Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.

 

With his two-goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals and point by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season.

 

HALL’S GOT HART

 

On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.

 

In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).

 

Hall was also the first Devils player to reach the 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09.

 

Additionally, Hall (93) posted a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).

 

To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last season and set the Devils franchise record (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.

 

During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).

 

Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).

 

MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER

On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.

 

Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3. On October 24, 2018 Boyle announced that his cancer was in full remission.

 

NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH

The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.

 

Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.

 

Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.

 

For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.

 

BEHIND THE GLASS

The National Hockey League (NHL®), NHL Network™ and the New Jersey Devils® today announced the launch of a new four-part, all-access series titled, Behind The Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp. Making the first series of its kind focused on the NHL preseason, each 30-minute episode of Behind The Glass offered fans an unprecedented look inside the NHL preseason through the lens of the Devils, who are coming into the 2018-19 NHL regular season following their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in six years.

 

“Behind The Glass will give hockey fans a never-before-seen look at the demanding process of building and making an NHL team during the preseason,” said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer.

 

“The entire organization is proud and excited to be involved in the series. It will allow viewers to witness another example of the culture and message that Ray Shero, John Hynes and our staff have been building for the past few years.”

 

Exclusive bonus content and clips from each episode of Behind The Glass will be shared by the NHL, NHL Network and the Devils across their digital and social media platforms using #BehindTheGlass. In addition to its schedule on NHL Network, each episode of Behind The Glass will also re-air on Sportsnet.

 

*Find all episodes (1-4) on the NHL Network*

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 26-8-10 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 36-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 55-0-13 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

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