Three Stars: 1. Kyle Palmieri 2. Adam Henrique 3. Taylor Hall
The Devils swept the Sabres in their home-and-home series and improved to 8-3-3 on the season. The Devils are now 3-0-0 in second-games of back-to-backs.
At 6-0-1, New Jersey is still undefeated in regulation at home through the first seven games of the 2016-17 season. The last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss through the first seven home games was in 1990-91 (7-0-1).
The Devils are now 3-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey is 7-1-2 over its last 10 games.
The Devils were 0-5 on the power play tonight and are 0-20 over the last five games.
The club’s penalty kill unit was 1-1 tonight and is 9-12 (75.0%) over the last five games.
New Jersey out-shot Buffalo 27-23. The Devils have out-shot their opponents in five of the last six games.
The Devils and Sabres were credited with 18 hits each tonight.
Six of the Devils’ 12 points tonight were scored by defensemen (2g-4a).
At 11:17 of the second period in the game, Buffalo requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether New Jersey was off-side prior to Kyle Palmieri’s goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the linesmen, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that the Devils entered the attacking zone legally prior to the goal.
Kyle Quincey put New Jersey ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season and as a Devil at 4:01 of the first period.
Damon Severson and Adam Henrique assisted on Quincey’s goal. Severson now has 11 points on the season (2g-9a), which leads all Devils’ defensemen and is good for second on the club (T. Hall, 12). It was Severson’s fourth multi-point effort of the season.
Nick Lappin recorded his second goal of the season at 6:11 of the second period. It was his second goal over the last three games.
Taylor Hall and Ben Lovejoy assisted on Lappin’s marker. Lovejoy now has 2g-2a over his last four games vs. the Sabres.
It was Hall’s third multi-point game of 2016-17. He now leads New Jersey in points with 5g-7a-12pts. Hall also led New Jersey in time-on-ice with 21:48.
Kyle Palmieri scored his third goal of the season and the eventual game-winner to put the Devils ahead 3-1 at 11:17 of the second period.
Severson and Andy Greene assisted on Palmieri’s goal. Greene now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a) and has three over his last four (2g-1a).
John Moore recorded his second goal of the season to put New Jersey up 4-1 at 6:32 of the third period.
Adam Henrique and Hallassisted on Moore’s 4-on-4 goal. Tonight was Henrique’s second multi-point game of the year (2a).
Henrique has 4g-13a-17pts in 18 career games against Buffalo.
Jacob Josefson was perfect in the faceoff circle tonight, winning seven of seven draws.
Cory Schneider made the start in goal and improved to 6-3-2 on the season. He stopped 21 of 23 shots (.913 save %).