Three Stars: 1. Chris Kreider 2. Filip Chytil 3. Drew Stafford
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.
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
Three Stars: 1. Joseph Blandisi 2. Stefan Noesen 3. Kyle Palmieri
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.
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.
DefensemanMirco 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.
The New Jersey Devils released the roster for their 2017 Training Camp, which will start tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, at Prudential Center and RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center.
Players attending training camp will report for medicals, testing, photos and media day. Camp will include 57 players (34 forwards, 18 defensemen, 6 goalies). Attached and below is the complete roster.
Players, coaches and management will be available throughout this period as schedule permits. Head Coach John Hynes will be available at 1:15pm and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero will follow at 1:45pm
All media are welcome to arrive at 8:00am, players will be available at approximately 9:00am. Please enter the Employee Entrance off Lafayette Street between the Parking Deck and the arena (closest to the corner of Broad Street). If you have last year’s season credential- that is valid.
If you are in need of a credential, please contact the New Jersey Devils Communications Department. Proceed to the back corridor past the loading docks for the media area- light breakfast/beverages will be served.
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