New Jersey Devils (8-8-2) @ Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-3)
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LAST GAME: NOV. 17 – NEW JERSEY 2 vs. DETROIT 3 (OT)
The Devils fell to the Red Wings in overtime, 3-2 in their second of three contests in the regular season between the two clubs. This was the first game of New Jersey’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back matchups. The club is 1-0-1 in first games, and 0-1-0 in second contests.
Pavel Zacha got the Devils on the board at 11:35 in the first frame, recording his first goal and point of the season, getting the helper from Jesper Bratt. Bratt currently has three points in his first five games played (3A).
Blake Coleman notched his seventh goal and first shorthanded goal of the season at 15:53 in the third period, assisted by Damon Severson and Andy Greene. With his goal, Coleman extends his goal-streak to two games. This was the first shorthanded goal the Devils have recorded this season.
Keith Kinkaid started against the Red Wings, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced. Kinkaid is now 1-0-1 in his career against Detroit, and to 8-5-2 this season.
New Jersey and Detroit’s third and final matchup will be March 29th at Little Caesars Arena.
TODAY’S GAME @ CAROLINA HURRICANES
Today’s game is the first of four regular season contests between New Jersey and Carolina, and the back end of New Jersey’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 3-1-1 in day games so far this season, and are 4-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents.
In the 2017-18 regular season, the Devils defeated the Hurricanes in the season series, 3-1-0 (6PTS). Taylor Hall (2G-4A), and Kyle Palmieri (3G-3A) led New Jersey in scoring with six points each. At the time, Devils rookie Nico Hischier (2G-2A) finished behind Hall, and Palmieri, with four points. Carolina’s Brett Pesce (1G-2A), Victor Rask (3A), and Justin Williams (1G-2A) led Carolina with three points a piece.
Keith Kinkaid started all four games against Carolina, allowing nine goals, and posting a 2.23 GAA. For the Hurricanes, Scott Darling (9 GA, 4.54 GAA), and Petr Mrazek (3 GA, 1.70 GAA) split time between the four games, allowing 12 goals between the two.
New Jersey and Carolina’s second matchup will be on December 29th, at Prudential Center.
Steven Santini (Broken Jaw, suffered Oct. 20) is on I.R., 12 games missed
Brian Boyle (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is on I.R., 3 games missed
Nico Hischier (Upper-body, suffered Nov. 11) is day-to-day, 3 games missed
Sami Vatanen (Lower-body, suffered Nov. 15) is on I.R., 1 game missed
Total Man-Games Missed: 51
Brian Boyle – 700th NHL GP (Oct. 25 vs NSH)
– 1 PT for 200 NHL career
Andy Greene –800 GP NHL/Devils career (Nov. 5 at PIT)
Ben Lovejoy – 5 PTS for 200 NHL career
Travis Zajac – 300th NHL/Devils career assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)
Taylor Hall – 100th Devils assist (Nov. 13 vs PIT)
-4 G for 200 NHL career
-3 A for 300 NHL career
-7 PTS for 500 NHL career
Nov. 17: -Placed Sami Vatanen on I.R
-Recalled Eric Gryba from Binghamton (AHL)
Nov. 13: -Placed Brian Boyle on I.R
-Recalled Pavel Zacha from Binghamton (AHL)
Nov. 9: -Activated Jesper Bratt off I.R.
– Eddie Lack cleared waivers (prev. conditioning loan), assigned to Binghamton (AHL)
– Assigned forward Kurtis Gabriel to Binghamton (AHL)
– Activated Stefan Noesen off I.R.
Nov. 3: -Placed Stefan Noesen on I.R. and activated Drew Stafford off I.R.
Nov. 2: -Assigned Kevin Rooney, and Pavel Zacha to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled forwards Kurtis Gabriel, and Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL)
Oct. 30: -Assigned Eric Gryba to Binghamton (AHL)
-Activated Ben Lovejoy off I.R.
The New Jersey Devils honored three-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender, Martin Brodeur, November 13th against the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2 W), following his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 12 in Toronto.
Clad in his recently-received Hockey Hall of Fame jacket, Brodeur participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Brodeur answered fan-submitted questions during a live, in-arena interview with NHL Network Host E.J. Hradek during the game’s second intermission.
Brodeur, 46, played 22 years in the National Hockey League, 21 with New Jersey. He anchored all three of the Devils’ Stanley Cup Championships, leading them to the top of the league in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He backstopped the team to five Eastern Conference titles, and a total of 17 playoff appearances. In 205 career playoff games, Brodeur went 113-91 with a 2.02 GAA and .919 save percentage, and posted 24 shutouts.
Brodeur’s name is etched throughout the NHL’s record books and he currently sits atop numerous categories, including regular-season wins (691), single-season wins (48, ’06-’07), overtime wins (69), games played (1,266), games played with a single team (1,260), regular season shutouts (125), playoff shutouts (24), minutes played (74,083), 40-win seasons (8), 30-win seasons (13), shutouts in a playoff campaign (7, ’03) and shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (tie: 3, ’03). He is the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400 and 500 career wins and is the only goalie to reach 600 career wins.
LAUREN BOYLE: HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER AMBASSADOR
New this season, Lauren Boyle – wife of New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle – has been named an official Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador. The trials of cancer are all too familiar for Lauren who has been a major support system for her husband. Brian was diagnosed in September 2017 with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer. NHL.com will publish special columns by Lauren this month detailing her personal experience, as well as an interview with her and last year’s ambassador Nicholle Anderson, cancer survivor and wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.
HALL’IN IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall’s nine game point-streak was snapped on Nov. 3rd vs. the New York Islanders (Oct. 11- Nov. 1; 2G-11A-13PTS) and has points in 12 of 17 games this season. Hall leads the Devils with 14 assists and is one point behind Kyle Palmieri for the team lead (20).
In the 2017-18 regular season, Hall had a remarkable 26 game point streak, notching 18 goals and 39 points during the run. Hall was the eighth different player in NHL history to record at least one point in 26+ consecutive appearances.
Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first two games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician). Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.
With his two-goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals and point by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season.
HALL’S GOT HART
On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.
In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).
Hall was also the first Devils player to reach the 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09.
Additionally, Hall (93) posted a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).
To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last season and set the Devils franchise record (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.
During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).
Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).
MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER
On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.
Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3. On October 24, 2018 Boyle announced that his cancer was in full remission.
NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH
The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.
Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.
Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.
For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.
The Devils are 26-9-10 in one-goal games and in regulation are, 38-1-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 57-1-13 when leading after 40 minutes of play.