Devils Post Game: 9/21/17

New Jersey Devils 4 at Montreal Canadiens 1

  • Attendance: 21,288
  • Three Stars: 1. Taylor Hall 2. Nico Hischier 3. Will Butcher

Team Notes

  • The Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Bell Centre. New Jersey improved to 2-0-1 and have earned five out of six possible points so far during their seven-game preseason.
  • Tonight concluded the second half of the Devils only ‘back-to-back’ scenario this preseason as they finished 1-0-1 during that stretch.
  • New Jersey went 0-5 on the power play, while going 5-6 on the penalty kill.
  • Tonight was the first preseason game in which the Devils had zero face-off violation bench minors.
  • New Jersey out-shot the Canadiens  32-29.

Player Notes

  • Mirco Mueller kicked off the scoring for the Devils 0:51 into the first period. Mueller now has two goals in only two preseason games played.
  • Nico Hischier had the game winning goal and his second goal of the preseason at 15:30 of the second period.
  • Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri each had an assist on Hischier’s goal and tied for the team lead with four shots on net, while Hall also led the team with 20:40 TOI.
  • Jesper Bratt registered two goals including an empty-netter at the end of the game. Bratt now has three points in two games played.
  • Stefan Noesen had an assist on both of Bratt’s goals and led the Devils with four PIM.
  • Keith Kinkaid stopped 28 of 29 shots on net and allowed only one goal in two straight starts, while collecting his second win of the preseason.
  • Forwards Blake ColemanJoseph Blandisi and Marcus Johansson also recorded assists.
  • Nathan Bastian had a team high four hits on the night.


Next Up     *subject to change
Tomorrow: *OFF

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Devils Post Game: 9/20/17

New Jersey Devils 3 at New York Rangers 4 (OT)

  • Attendance: 17,967
  • Three Stars: 1. Chris Kreider 2. Filip Chytil 3. Drew Stafford

Team Notes

  • The Devils lost, 4-3 OT, to their cross river rival, NY Rangers.  Despite the loss the Devils have earned three of a possible four points during their seven-game preseason.  The Devils and Rangers will face off once more on Saturday, September 23 at Prudential Center at 7:00 PM
  • Tonight was the first and only ‘back-to-back’ scenario for the Devils in this preseason.  The Devils had recovered from a one-goal deficit three-times to ultimately force overtime play when forward and professional tryout Jimmy Hayes was able tip a Damon Severson point shot over the left glove of Rangers’ goaltender Alexander Georgiev.
  • For the second consecutive game the Devils only had one faceoff violation while New York had three.
  • The Devils managed to score their first power play goal of the season when Brian Gibbons knotted the game at two-apiece at 7:15 of the second period.
  • The Devils had a preseason-high 23 penalty minutes.
  •  Each club registered 29 shots on net.

Player Notes

  • Jimmy Hayes skated in his second consecutive game of the preseason tonight against his brother Kevin Hayes.  Jimmy Hayes had a two-point-night with one goal and one assist in 12:40 of action.
  • Devils’ defenseman and captain Andy Greene led all players on both NJ and NYR with 25:57 minutes of playing time. Greene is entering his third-year as team captain.
  • Drew Stafford and Tim Erixon each made their unofficial Devils’ debuts tonight at the MSG. Stafford recorded primary assists on Pavel Zacha’s and Brian Gibbons’ (PPG) markers and led New Jersey with four hits.
  •  Pavel Zacha, entering his second full professional season, led all players with 6 shots on goal tonight.
  • Damon Severson also skated in his second game tonight since signing his six-year contract.
  •  Cory Schneider and Mackenzie Blackwood (OT) split the goaltending duties tonight.  Blackwood stopped 11 of 12 shots and was credited with the OT loss.  Schneider started the game and was 14-17 on the evening


Next Up     *subject to change
Tomorrow: *10:30 AM practice on Practice Ice.

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Brian Boyle Diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Devils’ forward Brian Boyle, along with Executive VP/GM Ray Shero and Team Internist Dr. Michael Farber, announced today that he has been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

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Devils Training Camp News: 9/19/17

New Jersey has assigned the following players to their junior teams:

Goaltender: Evan Cormier (Saginaw, OHL)

Defenseman: Jocktan Chainey (Halifax, QMJHL), Colby Sissons (Swift Current, WHL)

Forwards: Nikita Popugaev (Prince George, WHL), Marian Studenic (Hamilton, OHL)

In addition, the club has released forward Nicolas Guay from his amateur tryout.

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Devils Post-Game 9/18/17

Washington Capitals 1 at New Jersey Devils 4

  • Attendance: 6,310
  • Three Stars: 1. Joseph Blandisi 2. Stefan Noesen 3. Kyle Palmieri

Team Notes

  • The Devils opened their first of seven preseason games with a 4-1 victory against the Metropolitan Division rival Washington Capitals.  They begin the preseason 1-0-0 and will play their second and final home game on Saturday, September 23 vs. the NY Rangers (7:00PM).
  • New Jersey and Washington will face-off once more during preseason on Wednesday, September 27 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Devils and Capitals each had 20 penalty minutes during the contest.  The Devils had only one face off violation minor, while Washington had two faceoff bench minors.  According to the NHL’s Rule 76 – FaceOffs: “There will be stricter enforcement of the face-off procedure — especially with respect to the markings inside the face-off circle.  Under section 76.4, the players will be instructed to set, so they will stand squarely faceing their opponents’ end of the rink, and clear of the ice markings (where applications).  The defensive player will be structed to set (skates and stick) then, the offensive Player will be instructed to set (skates and stick).
  • 11 of 22 players, including goaltenders, skated in at least one game for New Jersey last season.  The club had five players (Will Butcher, Nico Hischier, Yaroslav Dyblenko, Brandon Baddock, Jesper Bratt) that have never season regular-season NHL action skate in tonight’s lineup.
  • New Jersey was 0-7 on the man-advantage tonight.  The Capitals only goal of the contest was scored shorthanded. The Devils were 0-7 while shorthanded.
  • The Devils out-shot Washington, 36-30.

Player Notes

  • Marcus Johansson skated against his former Capitals team for the first time tonight since being aquired by New Jersey in exchange for Florida’s 2018 second round selection and Toronto’s 2018 third round selection.
  • Nico Hischier made his unofficial debut at Prudential Center tonight.  He scored the Devils’ fourth goal of the evening on a breakaway at 15:35 of the third period.
  • Will Butcher also made his unofficial debut tonight and led New Jersey with 19:47 of ice-time.
  • Defenseman Mirco Mueller and forward Jesper Bratt led New Jersey with a +3 rating.  Mueller scored New Jersey’s first goal of the evening to tie the game at one apiece.  Bratt had an assist on Stefan Noesen’s game-winner.
  • The first star of the game, Joseph Blandisi, had two assists tonight.
  • Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood shared the goaltending duties tonight.  Keith Kinkaid was credited with the win.  He started tonight’s game and allowed one goal on 16 shots.  Wedgewood played in 29:57 of action and stopped all 15 shots he faced.


Next Up     *subject to change
Tomorrow: OFF
Wednesday: Will be announced tomorrow.

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