Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 11 vs. LAK

New Jersey Devils (16-9-4) vs. Los Angeles (20-8-3)

7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and all Devils’ social media channels.

*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change): Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside of the Devils’ dressing room after the team’s 10:30 AM Morning Skate.

LAST GAME: DEC. 9 – NEW JERSEY 2 at NEW YORK RANGERS 5

For the first time this season, New Jersey lost consecutive games in regulation as the team was defeated by the Rangers, 5-2, at Madison Square Garden (prev., Apr.8- 4-2 L vs. NYI – Apr. 9- 4-1 L at DET.)  The Devils also completed the road-portion of their season-series vs. NYR with a 1-1-0 record.  The club’s two remaining games vs. their cross-river rivals will be played at Prudential Center; Feb. 21 & Apr. 3.  The loss was New Jersey’s first road-loss against an Eastern Conference team in 2017-18.

 

The loss concluded the Devils’ seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games (1st-game: 5-2-0/2nd game: 4-3-0).  It was New Jersey’s fifth game against a fellow Metropolitan Div. team; the club is 2-3-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Metropolitan and is 9-4-2 (6-1-1 road) against all Eastern Conference clubs.

 

Devils’ goaltender, Keith Kinkaid, made his 8th start of 2017-18 and stopped 34 of 39 shots (.872 save%) to fall to 5-3-1 on the campaign. It was also the first time Kinkaid has lost consecutive games in regulation.  New Jersey was shut-out in his previous start, a 5-0 loss at ARI on Dec. 2.  In Kinkaid’s past two starts, New Jersey has been out-scored by a total of 8-2.

 
The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and have not scored in four straight games, 0-11, Dec. 2-9.  Conversely, New Jersey was 3-3 on the penalty-kill and are 27 of 30 (90.0%) down a man over the last nine games, Nov. 22-Dec. 9.  The Rangers out-shot New Jersey, 39-28.  The Devils have been out-shot by their opponent in 21 out of 29 games this season.

 

Damon Severson notched his fourth goal of the season to cut the Rangers’ lead in half, 2-1, during the second period. Severson led all Devils with 21:47 of action.  Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman had the assists on Severson’s tally.  Noesen has points in a career-high, three straight games (1G-2A), while Coleman has points in two-straight (1G-1A) for the first point-streak in his NHL career.

 

Miles Wood notched New Jersey’s second and final goal of the evening at 6:34 of the third period. It was his first goal since notching his first NHL hat-trick, Nov. 12 at CHI (11 games). He led all players with six penalty minutes and has a team-high 37 PIM this season. Wood needs just one goal to tie his 2016-17 total (8).

 

Pavel Zacha notched his fifth assist and 7th point of the season on Wood’s tally, in his first game since Dec. 1 at COL.  Will Butcher notched his 17th assist (19PTS) on Wood’s goal.  Butcher ranks second in assists on New Jersey behind T. Hall (20). 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME VS. LOS ANGELES

The Devils will face-off against Los Angeles for the first of two games in the 2017-18 season.  The clubs will meet again on St. Patrick’s day at Staples Center in their second and final contest.  

 

New Jersey seeks to end their first two-game, losing-streak of the season.  The club is 3-3-2 (2-1-1 home) vs. the Pacific Division and is 7-5-2 (3-2-1 home) against all Western Clubs.

 

New Jersey was win-less, 0-2-0, against LA in 2016-17, losing by a pair of goals on both Nov. 19, 2016, 4-2, at Staples Center and on Jan. 24 at Staples Center, 3-1.  The Devils are 1-3-0 at The Rock, and are 3-1-0 at Staples Center in the regular-season against the Kings since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

 

The Kings are 5-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division this season.  The Devils are Los Angeles’ first opponent on their four-game, road-trip where they will also face the Rangers (Dec. 15), Islanders, (Dec. 16), and Flyers (Dec. 18).  New Jersey will look to snap the Kings’ eight-game, winning-streak.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

  • MUELLER (IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 12 games missed).
  • PALMIERI (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 9 games missed).

Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 92

MILESTONES

SCHNEIDER – 100TH win w/ NJD, Dec. 5 at CBJ. 
HALL – 100GP w/ NJ, Dec. 8 vs. CBJ. 
LOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJ 
BOYLE – 2G for 100 NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL 
JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 9A for 200 
GIBBONS – 5GP for 100 NHL 
VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL 
ZACHA – 7GP for 100 NHL/NJ 
COACH HYNES – 7GC for 200 in NHL/NJ

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 1: Placed F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) on I.R., retro to Oct. 22. Activated F Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) off I.R.

 

Nov. 9: Placed F Marcus Johansson (concussion) on I.R., retro to Nov. 1. Activated F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) off I.R., retro. to Oct. 22.

 

Nov. 15: Activated F Michael McLeod (lower body) and assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R., retro to Nov. 12.

 

Nov. 16: Activated C Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral) off I.R.

 

Nov. 22: Placed RW Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) on I.R., retro to Nov. 20.

 

Nov. 30: Acquired D Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim for Adam HenriqueJoseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.

 

Dec. 1: Activated F Marcus Johansson (concussion) off I.R.

  

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SAMI

New Jersey acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round selection in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s third-rounds selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30, 2014.

Fast Facts About Vatanen

– This is his fifth full NHL season; spent entire NHL career with ANA organzation.
– Won a Bronze Medal with Finland at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, RUS.
– 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie Team/AHL First All-Star Team
– Grew up in Jyvaskyla, FIN., where he spends his off-seasons.
– Married his wife, Essi, in Sunmer 2017 in Finland.
– His favorite players growing up were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
– Favorite hockey memory was winning Bronze Medal with Finland at 2009 U-18 World Championship.

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 10-1-4 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 12-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 31-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play. 

 

MILES & MILESTONES

On Nov. 12 at CHI., New Jersey stormed-back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Blackhawks, 7-5. Miles Wood scored the first hat-trick (2PP/1EV) of his NHL career and added one assist for his first career 4-point game.  Taylor Hall tallied his 400th NHL point (72nd w/ NJD) with a goal in the second period, while captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th career/Devils’ point; also from a second period tally.

   

ROAD WARRIORS

The Devils 22 road-points, 10-4-2, ranks first overall in the NHL* (tie; STL).  They were the final of all 31 clubs to remain undefeated on the road in any fashion, OT or SO, until Nov. 3 at EDM, 6-3 L.  Their 5-0-0 road record to start 2017-18 was the club’s best road-start since 2009-10, when club started 9-0-0 on the road.  

*As of Dec. 11 

JOHNNY ROCKET

John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and six OT tallies since joining NJD in 2015-16. His six career sudden-death tallies leads all NHL defensemen since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second among all active players, behind LA’s Jeff Carter (7). In just his third season with the Devils, he ranks second in franchise history in OT goals by a defenseman (6, 2015-17) behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).

  

HALL OF A SEASON
Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 29 points (9G-20A) in 29 GP this season.  His 1.00 points-per-game ranks 7th among all left-wingers in the NHL* (tie, F. Forsberg – NSH & A. Lee – NYI) and puts him on pace for a career-best, 82 points.  

*As of Dec. 11 

GETTING GIBBY WITH IT

On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He set a new career-high after scoring his sixth goal, in just his 12th game of 2017-18, on Nov. 3 at EDM.  In 66 prior NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, from 2013-15, he had five goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.

 

Gibbons notched a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  He ranks third in the NHL (tie, 11 others) with two shorthanded goals this season.

 

 DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

  • Nathan Bastian – AHL – 12/6
  • Mackenzie Blackwood – AHL – 12/9
  • BRIAN BOYLE – 12/18
  • Yaroslav Dyblenko – AHL – 12/28

NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL): as of Dec. 11

  • USA – 14*
  • Canada – 5^ (tie; NYR)
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
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Devils Post-Game Notes: Dec. 9 at NYR

New Jersey Devils 2 at New York Rangers 5
Attendance: 18,006

  • Three Stars: 1. Mats Zuccarrello 2. Rick Nash 3. Jesper Fast
    **See @NJDevils twitter & newjerseydevils.com for post-game video and quotes**

POST-GAME NOTES

  • The Devils fell, 2-5, against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in their second of four regular-season meetings in 2017-18.
  • It was the first time this season that New Jersey has lost consecutive-games in regulation.  The Devils’ also completed the road-portion of their schedule vs. NYR at Madison Square Garden with a 1-1-0 record.  The Hudson River rivals will meet for their third match-up, the first of two to be played at The Rock, in 12 days (Dec. 21 at 7PM).
    • They play their fourth and final game, April 3 at Prudential Center.
  • Keith Kinkaid started in goal for New Jersey, stopping 34 of 39 shots (.872 save%) to fall to 5-3-1 on the season. He has lost his last two starts (also, Nov. 28 at ARI, 0-3 L) and the club has been out-scored, 2-8, overall in those defeats.
  • The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and have not scored in four straight games (0-14)
  • The club was 3-3 on the penalty-kill and are 12-13 (92.3%)
  • New Jersey was out-shot, 28-39 and have been out-shot by their opponents in six of their last seven games.
  • Damon Severson notched his fourth goal of the season to cut the Rangers’ lead in half, 1-2, at 13:45 of the second period.  (assists, B. Coleman, S. Noesen). He led all NJD players with 21:47.
    • Stefan Noesen has points in a career-high, three straight games (1G-2A).
    • Blake Coleman has points in two-straight (1G-1A) for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Miles Wood notched New Jersey’s second and final goal of the evening at 6:34 of the third period. It was his first goal since notching his first NHL hat-trick, Nov. 12 at CHI. (11 games). He accummulated 6PIM this evening and leads NJD with 37.
    • He needs just 1G to tie his 2016-17 total.
  • Pavel Zacha notched the primary helper on Wood’s tally. It was his first game back after being a scratch in the last three, Dec. 2-8.
  • Will Butcher’s 17 assists ranks second among NHL rookies and second on NJD behind T. Hall (20).
  • The Devils completed their seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. Last night.  The club is 5-2-0 in firsts and is 4-3-0 in second games of back-to-backs.
    Yesterday was just New Jersey’s fourth game against an inter-division opponent; they are 2-3-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 9-4-2 (6-1-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

STATISTICS

Next Up     *Subject to change
Tomorow: OFF
Monday: 12PM Practice at Prudential Center
Tuesday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Los Angeles Kings

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Devils Audio: 12/8/17

Jimmy Hayes joined Matt Loughlin and Chico Resch on The One Jersey Network during the Devils 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hayes had the primary assist on Brian Boyle’s goal in the first period.

Hayes

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Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 9 at NYR

New Jersey Devils (16-8-4) at New York Rangers (15-11-2)

7PM ET • Madison Square Garden • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and all Devils’ social media channels.

*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change): Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside of the Devils’ dressing room at 4:45 PM.

LAST GAME: DEC. 8 – NEW JERSEY 3 vs. COLUMBUS 5

New Jersey fell, 3-5, to Columbus in the second half of their home-and-home set with both teams’ gaining 2PTS (1-1-0). Columbus (37PTS) overtook the divison-lead from New Jersey (36PTS).  The Devils and Blue Jackets were tied, 3-3, after 40 minutes of play. The Devils are 1-2-2 this season when the score is tied after two periods.

Last night’s contest was also the first of New Jersey’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. The club is 5-2-0 in first games and will look to improve to 5-2-0 in second games, 4-2-0, tonight at NYR. The Devils were out-shot, 24-28, including 10-5 in the final period. New Jersey has not had more shots than their opponent in six games (Nov. 24 vs. VAN).  NJD’s power play was 0-4 tonight. It was the third consecuvtive game where New Jersey did not convert on the man-advantage (0-8). Despite the recent dip in production, the Devils are still ranked 5th in the NHL with a 27.27% success rate at home (12th overall, 20.45%).

Washington (37PTS) also moved ahead of the Devils (36PTS) for second place in the Metropolitan Division (WSH 4New Jersey is currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Six of the eight top teams in the East are separated by just 5PTS.

Cory Schneider started in net for New Jersey. He fell to 11-6-3, surrendering five goals on 28 shots (.786 save%).

Brian Boyle opened the scoring, 8:29 into the first period, to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. (assists: J. Hayes, M. Wood). It was his fifth goal of the season and his fifth point in the last eight games (.  The assist was Jimmy Hayes’ first point since Nov. 11 vs. FLA (1A). He had been a scratch in eight of the 11 team-games since Nov. 11. Miles Wood’s assist was his 12th point of the season. He has 12 points (6G-6A) in 27 games this season, which is just five points shy of his 2016-17 roookie season total of 17 (8G-9A, 60GP).

Marcus Johansson tallied New Jersey’s second goal, to help the club carry 2-0 lead into the second period. The first-year-Devil has points in back-to-back games (1G-1A) for the second time this season. He needs 3PTS to reach 300 in his NHL career. Stefan Noesen had the sole assist of Johansson’s goal. The Plano, TX native has three points (1G-2A) over the past two games, Dec. 5-8, since playing RW on the line with Johansson and Travis Zajac.

Blake Coleman notched the Devils’ third and final goal of the evening to tie the game 3-3 with just 20 seconds remaining in the second period. It was his first goal since Nov. 7 vs. STL (13 games). Brian Gibbons and Steven Santini had the helpers on Coleman’s goal.

TONIGHT’S GAME AT NEW YORK

Tonight is the second of four meetings between the Hudson River rivals in 2017-18.  The Devils defeated the Rangers, 3-2, on Oct. 14 at Madison Square Garden in their first matchup.  The clubs will meet again in 12 days at Prudential Center before their seasin-series finale, April 3 in New Jersey.

On Oct. 14, the Rangers held New Jersey to a season-low, 19 shots on goal. However, the Devils dominated the second period, out-shooting the Rangers, 12-3. Keith Kinkaid made his first start of the 2017-18 campaign and stopped 29 of 31 shots (.935 save%) in his first career start at The Garden. Rookie defenseman Will Butcher tallied with two assists, including the primary assist on Drew Stafford’s power play, game-winner.  That night Butcher became the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to record at least eight assists in his first five career games. *credit NHL PR. Nico Hischier also assisted on the goal.

The Devils enter tonight’s game on the tail-end of their seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. Last night, New Jersey lost, 3-5, vs. Columbus in the second of a home-and-home series.  The club is 5-2-0 in firsts and is 4-2-0 in second games of back-to-backs. Yesterday was just New Jersey’s fourth game against an inter-division opponent; they are 2-2-0 (2-0-0 road) vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 9-3-2 (6-0-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

CURRENT INJURIES

  • MUELLER (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured clavicle, 11GP missed).
  • PALMIERI (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 8GP missed).

Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 90

MILESTONES

SCHNEIDER – 100TH win w/ NJD, Dec. 5 at CBJ.

HALL – 100GP w/ NJ, Dec. 8 vs. CBJ.

LOVEJOY – 2GP for 100 w/ NJ

BOYLE – 2G for 100 NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL

JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 8A for 200 NHL

GIBBONS – 6GP for 100 NHL

VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL

ZACHA – 8GP for 100 NHL/NJ

COACH HYNES – 8GC for 200 in NHL/NJ

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 1: Placed F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) on I.R., retro to Oct. 22. Activated F Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) off I.R.

Nov. 9: Placed F Marcus Johansson (concussion) on I.R., retro to Nov. 1. Activated F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) off I.R., retro. to Oct. 22.

Nov. 15: Activated F Michael McLeod (lower body) and assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R., retro to Nov. 12.

Nov. 16: Activated C Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral) off I.R.

Nov. 22: Placed RW Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) on I.R., retro to Nov. 20.

 

Nov. 30: Acquired D Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim for Adam HenriqueJoseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.

 

Dec. 1: Activated F Marcus Johansson (concussion) off I.R.

 

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SAMI

New Jersey acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round selection in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  He made his Devils’ debut, Dec. 1 at COL and led all New Jersey skaters with 23:13.

 

Fast Facts About Sami:

– This is his fifth full NHL season.
– Won Bronze Medal with Finland at 2014 Winter Olympics.
– 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie Team/AHL First All-Star Team
– Grew up in Jyvaskyla, Finland, where he spends his summers.
– He and his wife, Essi, were married this past summer in Finland.
– His favorite players growing up were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
– Favorite hockey memory was winning Bronze Medal with Finland at 2009 U-18 World Championship.

 

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 10-1-4 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 12-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 31-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

MILES & MILESTONES

On Nov. 12 at CHI., New Jersey stormed-back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Blackhawks, 7-5. Miles Wood scored the first hat-trick (2PP/1EV) of his NHL career and added one assist for his first career 4-point game.  Taylor Hall tallied his 400th NHL point (72nd w/ NJD) with a goal in the second period, while captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th career/Devils’ point; also from a second period tally.

 

ROAD WARRIORS

The Devils 22 road-points, 10-3-2, ranks first overall in the NHL.  They were the final of all 31 clubs to remain undefeated on the road in any fashion, OT or SO, until Nov. 3 at EDM, 6-3 L.  Their 5-0-0 road record to start 2017-18 was the club’s best road-start since 2009-10, when club started 9-0-0 on the road.

 

JOHNNY ROCKET

John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and six OT tallies since joining NJD in 2015-16. His six career sudden-death tallies leads all NHL defensemen since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second among all active players, behind LA’s Jeff Carter (7). In just his third season with the Devils, he ranks second in franchise history in OT goals by a defenseman (6, 2015-17) behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).

 

HE’S BEING A BRATT

Rookie Jesper Bratt, New Jersey’s sixth-round choice (162nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, set a new franchise record for the most-points in the first two games of his NHL career with 3G-2A-5PTS. In addition, he is one of only five NHL players in the past 17 seasons to record five points through his first two NHL games.

  • Others were: Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)

credit NHL PR 

 

HALL OF A START
Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 29 points in 29 GP this season.  His 1.03 points-per-game ranks 19th in the NHL, which puts him on pace for a career-best, 85 points.

 

GETTING GIBBY WITH IT

On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He set a new career-high after scoring his sixth goal, in just his 12th game of 2017-18, on Nov. 3 at EDM.  In 66 prior NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, from 2013-15, he had five goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.

 

Gibbons notched a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  He ranks third in the NHL (tie, 10 others) with two shorthanded goals this season.

*as of Dec. 9

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

  • Nathan Bastian – AHL – 12/6
  • Mackenzie Blackwood – AHL – 12/9 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
  • BRIAN BOYLE – 12/18
  • Yaroslav Dyblenko – AHL – 12/28

NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL): as of Dec. 7

  • USA – 14*
  • Canada – 5^ (tie; NYR)
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1

 

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Devils Post-Game: Dec. 8 vs. CBJ

New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 5

  • Attendance: 16,514 (sold out)
  • Three Stars: 1. Artemi Panarin 2. Brian Boyle 3. Alexander Wennberg
    **See newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**

POST-GAME NOTES

  • New Jersey fell, 3-5, to Columbus in the second half of their home-and-home set.  The Metropolitan Division rivals split the series with both teams gaining two points.  Columbus overtook the divison lead from New Jersey.
  • The Devils and Blue Jackets were tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play. The Devils are 1-2-2 this season when the score is tied after two periods.
  • Tonight’s contest was also the first of New Jersey’s seventh set of back-to-back games in 2017-18.  The club is 5-2-0 in first games and will look to improve to 5-2-0 in second games, 4-2-0, when face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.
    • Washington defeated New York, 4-2, tonight.  New Jersey is currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Six of the eight top teams in the East are in the 16-team Eastern Conference and are separated by just 5PTS.
  • The Devils are 7-6-2 all-time when facing the Blue Jackets on home-ice but are 3-6-1 against since the NHL moved to a four division matrix in 2013-14.
  • The Devils were out-shot, 24-28, including 10-5 in the final period.  New Jersey has not had more shots than their opponent in six games (Nov. 24 vs. VAN).
  • NJD’s power play was 0-4 tonight.  It was the third consecuvtive game where New Jersey did not convert on the man-advantage (0-8).  Despite the recent dip in production, the Devils are still ranked 5th in the NHL with a 27.27% success rate at home (12th overall, 20.45%).
  • New Jersey was 1-2 on the penalty kill tonight, and are 22-25 over the last eight games (88.0%).
  • After tonight’s loss, the Devils are 16-8-4 overall, 6-5-2 at Prudential Center, 9-3-2  vs. the Eastern Conference and 2-2-0 vs. the Metro Div.
  • Cory Schneider started in net for New Jersey.  He fell to 11-6-3, surrendering five goals on 28 shots.
  • Brian Boyle opened the scoring 8:29 into the first period to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead.  (assists: J. Hayes, M. Wood).  It was his fifth goal of the season and his fifth point in the last eight games.
    • The assist wsa Hayes’ for point since Nov. 11 vs. FLA.  He had been a scratch in eight of the 11 games since Nov. 11
    • Miles Wood’s assist was his 12th point of the season.  He needs just 5PTS to match his 2016-17 total of 17PTS in 60GP.
  • Marcus Johansson tallied New Jersey’s 2nd goal at 14:10 of the opening frame, giving NJD a 2-0. The first-year-Devil has points in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He needs 3PTS to reach 300 in his NHL career.
    • Stefan Noesen had the sole assist of Johansson’s goal.  The Plano, TX native has 3PTS (1G-2A) over the past two games since playing RWon the line with Johansson and Travis Zajac.
  • Blake Coleman notched the Devils’ third and final goal of the evening to tie the game 3-3 with just 20 seconds remaining in the second period. It was his first goal since Nov. 7 vs. STL.
    • Brian Gibbons and Steven Santini had the helpers on Coleman’s goal.

POST-GAME QUOTES
“It wasn’t our best night but we have a game tomorrow so we’ll put it behind us.” – Nico Hischier

 

 

Next Up     *Subject to change
Tomorrow: 7PM at NY Rangers (no morning skate)
Sunday: OFF
Monday: 12PM Practice at Prudential Center
Tuesday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Los Angeles Kings

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