Three Stars: 1. Pavel Zacha 2. Michael Cammalleri 3. Adam Henrique
New Jersey snapped its seven-game win-less streak (0-5-2) at home and improved to a 11-9-4 record overall at Prudential Center in 2016-17.
The Devils swept Buffalo (3-0-0) in their three-game season-series for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The club is 8-1-0 overall vs. the Sabres since the 2014-15 campaign, having last lost a game Apr. 5, 2016 at Prudential Center (1-3).
New Jersey is 7-8-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 13-13-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.
The Devils were 2-4 on the power play and have scored multiple PP goals for two straight home games (4 goals on 7 opportunities). They are 6-13 (46.2%) with the man-advantage over the last five games.
New Jersey was 1-1 on the penalty kill tonight and is 11-15 (73.3%) while shorthanded over the last five games.
The Devils out-shot Buffalo, 39-23, including 29-17 over the first two periods. It was the most shots New Jersey has had in 40 games. Their season-high came on Nov. 12 vs. Buffalo (43 shots).
New Jersey won 59% of the faceoffs tonight.
Pavel Zacha scored the game-winning goal tonight on the power play at 12:33 of the third period. The rookie has four goals, three assists and seven points over the last nine games. He had just seven points (2g-5a) over the first 37 games he played this season.
Zacha also had an assist on Adam Henrique’s power play goal in the first period. Seven of Zacha’s 14 points this year have been on the power play.
Henrique extended his point-streak to five games when he scored a power play goal in the first period. He has four goals and three assists (7pts) since Jan. 26. Henrique leads the Devils with 15 goals and is third on the squad with 31 points.
Michael Cammalleri recorded two assists tonight and is now tied for second on the club with 20 helpers (T. Zajac, D. Severson).
Damon Severson had a season-high six shots tonight. His career-high is eight (Oct. 16, 2014 at WSH).
Joseph Blandisi received five PIM for fighting Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers at 6:39 of the first period. It was his first fighting major of his NHL career.
Jacob Josefson was 9-13 (79%) in the faceoff circle.
Cory Schneider improved to 17-15-8 on the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots.