Devils Transaction: Dec. 16, 2017 Nick Lappin to Binghamton

On Dec. 16, New Jersey assigned forward Nick Lappin to Binghamton (AHL).

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Devils Audio: 12/15/17

Blake Coleman, Nick Lappin and Brian Boyle joined Matt Loughlin and Chico Resch on The One Jersey Network during the Devils 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Boyle had three points (2g-1a), while Coleman and Lappin had a goal apiece.

Coleman

Lappin

Boyle

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Devils Post-Game Notes: Dec. 15 vs. Dallas

New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Dallas Stars 2

  • Attendance: 13,171
  • Three Stars: 1. Brian Boyle – NJD  2. Cory Schneider – NJD  3. Nick Lappin – NJD**See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**

POST-GAME NOTES

New Jersey defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, in the first of two meetings between the clubs this season.  The clubs will meet for the second and final time in the regular-season on Jan. 4 at American Airlines Center.

Tonight was the Devils’ first of a season-long, six game, home-stand (Dec. 14-29).  They will face-off next against the Anaheim Ducks in Sami Vatanen’s first game against his former club and also will be both Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi’s first career games since being traded to Anaheim.  The two-players swapped teams on Nov. 28.

Full Trade: 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 selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30.

The game also was the second-half of New Jersey’s eighth of 16 back-to-back sets in the 2017-18 season. The club collected three of a possible four points; Dec. 14 at MTL, 1-2 OT.

Entering the game, New Jersey is 5-2-0 overall (2-1-0 at home) against the Central Division and is 9-5-2 overall against the Western Conference.

NJD was 1-5 on the power-play and were 1-8 overall in this back-to-back set (Dec. 15 at MTL., 0-3).  The Devils’ power play unit was 2-3 this evening.  It was the first time in four consecutive games that the club was not perfect on the PK. (12 for 12, Dec. 9-12).

The Devils were out-shot, 26-30, but held Dallas to just five shots during the second period.  After 40 minutes, New Jersey led the Stars 3-2.

CURRENT INJURIES
MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 15 games missed.
PALMIERI – IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 12 games missed.
JOHANSSON – I.R., retro to Dec. 9, ankle bruise, 3 games missed.
HALL – day-to-day, right-knee contusion, 2 games missed.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 103

Brian Boyle led New Jersey with 3PTS this evening to match his career-high for points in a game (also; Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2).  His first goal of the night, New Jersey’s sole power play tally/game winner, was the 100th goal of his NHL career.  The alternate captain also assisted on Nick Lappin’s score in the third to put the club ahead, 4-2, before driving-home the win with an empty net goal with two minutes remaining in the contest.

Boyle also collected a season-high, 12 penalty minutes, (2 minor for unsportmanlike conduct and 10 minute misconduct), after scoring on the power-play, out-manning Dallas d-man, J. Klingberg for a loose puck in front of the net.  He has surpassed the 500 PIM mark in his NHL career. Ha 492 career PIM, entering the contest.

Brian Gibbons continued adding to his most offensively-productive year, notching two assists on the evening. He has 4PTS (1G-3A) over his last three games. At 98GP, needs just 2GP to reach 100 in NHL career.

Nick Lappin notched his first goal of the season in his second game since being recalled from Binghamton (AHL) on Dec. 13.

Andy Greene, Will Butcher, Jimmy Hayes and Pavel Zacha each added one assist tonight. Hayes has points in two-straight, home-games (2A), while Zacha is 4GP away from 100 in his Devils/NHL Career.

Blake Coleman scored the his fourth goal of the season with just 54 second remaining in the opening frame.  Steven Santini opened the scoring for NJD at 4:28 of the first period with his second goal of the season.

Cory Schneider made his third consecutive start in net and second in less than 24 hours (Thursday’s game at MTL was 7:30 PT ET start).  He notched his 13th win of the season, stopping 29 of 30.

 

 

STATISTICS
Game Summary
Event Summary
Play-By-Play
Face-off Summary
Time On Ice – DEVILS
Time On Ice – STARS
Shot Summary
Game Notes

UPCOMING SCHEDULE   *Subject to change
Tomorrow:  OFF
Sunday: 11AM Practice at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House
Monday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center.   7PM vs. Anaheim Ducks

 

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Devils Audio: 12/14/17

Andy Greene, Steven Santini and Devils Sr. Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon joined Matt Loughlin and Chico Resch on The One Jersey Network during the Devils 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Greene

Santini

MacKinnon

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Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 15 vs. Dallas Stars

New Jersey Devils (17-9-5) vs. Dallas Stars (18-13-1)

7PM ET / 6PM CT • 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.

*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
–  No Morning Skate: Head Coach John Hynes will be available to media at 4:30PM (3:30 CT) outside the Devils’ dressing room by the MSG Banner.

If not available to attend or not traveling to the game, quotes and pre-game availabilities will be streamed on @NJDevils twitter.

LAST GAME: DEC. 14 – NEW JERSEY 1 at MONTREAL 2 OT

LAST GAME: DEC. 14 – NEW JERSEY 1 at MONTREAL 2 OT

New Jersey lost in overtime, 2-1, in their first of three meetings against Montreal in 2017-18.  The two clubs will face-off again on March 6 at Prudential Center before finishing their season-series on April 1 at Bell Centre.  New Jersey remains undefeated in regulation on the road vs. all Atlantic Division opponents, 4-0-2 (7-1-3 overall).

 

Despite the OT loss, the Devils gained one point, and lead the NHL with 23PTS, 10-4-3, on the road. The Devils are 2-4-1 at Bell Centre since the 2013-14 season (last win; Nov. 28, 2015, 3-2 Wo).

 

New Jersey was unsuccessful on a 65-second, five-on-three, man-advantage during the second period.  The power play-units produced just one shot in 1:05 minutes up two skaters.  They finished 0-3 on the power play, and are scoreless on the power play in five of the last six games, 1-15 (6.6%), from Dec. 2-15.

 

Countering the club’s power play, the Devils were perfect, 3-3, on the penalty kill. They are 33-36 (91.7%) over the past 11 games, Nov. 22-Dec. 14.

 

The contest was the first match of NJD’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. (5-2-1 first game / 4-3-0 second game).

 

Stefan Noesen opened the scoring at 1.:21 of the first period with his third goal of the season.  He has six points (2G-4A) in a career-high, five-consecutive games, from Dec. 5-12. It was the fastest goal New Jersey has scored this season to start a game. The Devils are 11-2-3 when scoring first.

 

Devils’ captain, Andy Greene, notched the primary assist on the Devils’ only goal of the evening. It was the 203rd point of his Devils’/NHL career.  At 737GP he is 6GP away from tying Colin White (743GP) for fourth-most, games-played (11th among all skaters) in franchise history.  The assist was his first point in 10 games, Nov. 20 at MIN.

 

Jesper Bratt notched the secondary assist and his second in the past two games. He is second on the club with 21PTS.

 

Taylor Hall missed his first game of the 2017-18 season due to a contusion in his knee.  Drew Stafford replaced Hall at left-wing on his offensive line with rookies Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier tonight.  Stafford skated in 15:40 over 17 shifts and had two shots on goal.

 

Nick Lappin made his 2017-18 season-debut after being recalled from Binghamton on Wednesday.  He skated in skating in 10:02 minutes and had two shots on goal.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 35 of 36 (.972 sv%). He is 1-2-4 vs. MTL as a Devils/in career.

 

Additionally, as New Jersey was playing last night, the club acquired forward Michael Latta from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Binghamton Devils (AHL) forward Ryan Kujawinski. Latta had spent the entirety of this season playing for the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL), where he was an alternate captain.  Latta carries a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL-level.

 

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. DALLAS

Tonight marks the first of two meetings between New Jersey and Dallas this season.  The clubs will meet for the second and final time in the regular-season on Jan. 4 at American Airlines Center.

 

In 2016-17, the Devils and Stars both finished with 3PTS, 1-0-1 record, at the conclusion of their two-game, season-series.  New Jersey defeated Dallas, 2-1 OT, on Nov. 15, 2016 at American Airlines Center.  Adam Henrique notched the overtime-tally for NJD.  Dallas responded in the second meeting and won, 2-1 OT, on March 26, 2017 at Prudential Center.  Tyler Seguin scored the OT winner for DAL.

 

Tonight is the club’s second-half of their eighth set of back-to-back games. New Jersey lost to Montreal in overtime, 2-1, Thursday night at Bell Centre and are .500 (5W-5L) in the extra period this season.

 

Entering the game, New Jersey is 4-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home) against the Central Division and is 8-5-2 overall against the Western Conference.

CURRENT INJURIES

  • MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 14 games missed.
  • PALMIERI – IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 11 games missed.
  • JOHANSSON – I.R., retro to Dec. 9, ankle bruise, 2 game missed.
  • HALL – day-to-day, right-knee contusion, 1 game missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 99

MILESTONES
LOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJ
BOYLE – 1G for 100 NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL
JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 9A for 200 I.R.
GIBBONS – 4GP for 100 NHL
MOORE – 4GP for 400 NHL
ZACHA – 6GP for 100 NHL/NJ
COACH HYNES – 6GC for 200 in NHL/NJ
VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL
ZAJAC – 8GP for 800 NHL/NJ

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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.

 

Dec. 13: Placed F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) on I.R., retro to Dec. 9. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).

 

DEVILS WORLD TOUR

New Jersey will likely be well-represented 11 days from now when the 2018 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship begins in Buffalo, NY.  The Devils have eight prospects from five different countries that have made their respective nation’s preliminary roster.

  • CANADA – F Michael McLeod – (1st round, 12th overall, 2016)
  • UNITED STATES – F Joey Anderson (3rd round, 73rd overall, 2016), D Reilly Walsh (3rd round ‘4th selection’, 81st overall, 2017)
  • SLOVAKIA – F Marian Studenic (5th round, ‘7th selection’, 143rd overall, 2017)
  • SWEDEN – F Jesper Boqvist (2nd round, 36th overall, 2017), F Fabian Zetterlund (3rd round, 63rd overall, 2017)
  • RUSSIA – F Mikhail Maltsev (4th round, ‘5th selection’ 2016), D Yegor Zaitsev (7th round, ’10th selection’ 2017)

 

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 selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30, 2014. He leads the club with in average ice-time, 21:49, through his first seven games with New Jersey.

Fast Facts About Vatanen

– In 5th full NHL season; spent entire NHL career with ANA organization.
– Won a Bronze Medal representing Finland at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
– 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 Summer 2017 in Finland.
– His favorite players growing up were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
– Favorite hockey memory is winning the Bronze Medal with Finland at 2009 U-18 World Championship.

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 10-1-2 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 13-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 32-0-9 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

New Jersey’s 23 road-points, 10-4-3, 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 lead 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 31 points (9G-20A) in 30 GP this season.  His 1.03 points-per-game ranks 5th among all left-wingers in the NHL* (tie, A. Ovechkin – WSH, J. Huberdeau – FLA) and puts him on pace for a career-best, 84 points.

*As of Dec. 13 

 

GETTING GIBBY WITH IT

On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He has already a new career-high with 18PTS this season after scoring his team-leading 13th goal, his third shorthanded goal in 2016-17, on Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles in just his 30th game of 2017-18.

 

Gibbons notched a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  His three shorthanded goals this season ranks first in the NHL (tie, A. Barkov – FLA, E. Kane – BUF).

 

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. 15

  • USA – 15*
  • Canada – 4^
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
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