Devils Post-Game 3/24/16

New Jersey Devils 3 at Pittsburgh Penguins 0

  • Attendance: 18,610
  • Three Stars: 1. Kyle Palmieri 2. Scott Wedgewood 3. Damon Severson

Team Notes

  • The Devils are 5-2-0=10pts over their last seven games and improved to 36-31-7=79pts on the season. The club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • New Jersey finished 2-2-0 in its season series vs. Pittsburgh and snapped a five-game losing streak at CONSOL Energy Center (last win, Feb. 10, 2013, 3-1).
  • The Devils are 4-3-0=6pts over their last seven road games and are 19-16-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • Tonight’s contest was the third in a stretch of five straight games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. The Devils are 11-15-2=24pts vs. the Metro overall and are 5-9-0=10pts on the road.
  • Tonight’s contest opened the club’s 12th and final set of back-to-back games. The Devils finished 5-6-1=11pts in first games and are 5-4-2=12pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils were 1/3 on the power play tonight and are 3/10 (30.0%) over the past three games.
  • Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey, 39-24, including 15-6 in the third period.

Player Notes

  • Scott Wedgewood stopped all 39 shots he faced to record the first shutout of his career in his second NHL start. He becomes the first Devils’ rookie goaltender to record a shutout since Mike Dunham on Apr. 6, 1997 at St. Louis (25 saves). Wedgewood is 2-0-0 and has stopped 66/67 shots in his first two starts.
  • Wedgewood’s 39 saves are the most-ever by a Devils’ goaltender in his first NHL shutout (2nd, 28, Keith Kinkaid, Feb. 14, 2016 vs. Los Angeles & Dunham, Dec.16, 1996 at Calgary).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored 0:26 into the game to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. The goal was New Jersey’s fastest to start a game this season (tie, Lee Stempniak, Dec. 6 vs. Florida). It was Palmieri’s fourth game-winning goal of 2015-16.
  • Palmieri then scored a power play goal at 13:08 of the first to put the Devils ahead 2-0. It was Palmieri’s third multi-goal game/11th multi-point effort of the season. He has points in a career-high (tie) four consecutive games (4g-3a-7pts) and has 6g-6a-12pts over the last ten contests. Palmieri leads the Devils with a career-high 11g-10a-21pts on the PP & a career-high 29g-23a-52pts overall.
  • Adam Henrique scored his 27th goal of the season at 9:57 of the third. He has 4g over the last four games and 8g over past ten contests. Henrique needs just 1pt. to reach 200 in his NHL career (95g-104a-199pts).
  • Reid Boucher recorded 2a  for his fourth multi-point game of the season. He has points in a career-high (tie) four straight games (2g-3a-5pts), has 2g-5a-7pts over the past eight contests and 7g-10a-17pts in 32 appearances overall.
  • Damon Severson registered his third multi-point game of the season with 2a tonight (1PPA). He now has 7a over his last ten appearances and leads Devils’ defensemen with a career-high 19a/20pts this season. 
  • Travis Zajac posted the primary assist on Palmieri’s first goal, his team-leading 27th helper of the season. He now has 3g-5a-8pts over the last ten games. Zajac ranks fourth on the club with 12g-27a-39pts this season.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly collected the secondary assist on Henrique’s goal. He now has points in six of the last seven games (5g-3a-8pts) & has 7g-4a-11pts in nine games with New Jersey. Smith-Pelly had 6g-6a-12pts in 46 appearances with Montreal prior to being traded to the Devils on Feb. 29.
  • Blake Pietila made his NHL debut after being emergency recalled from Albany (AHL) yesterday. He tied a team season-high with eight hits in 12:17 of action (also, Jordin Tootoo, Feb. 6 vs. Washington).


Next Up

  • Friday: vs. Washington Capitals at Prudential Center (7:00 PM ET, MSG Network, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
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