- 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
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
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 Henrique, Joseph 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.
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.
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.
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)
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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
- 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