Three Stars: 1. Ryan Strome 2. Taylor Hall 3. Andrew Ladd
The Devils split their home-and-home series with the Islanders and concluded the 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games in 2016-17. New Jersey is 4-5-4 in first games and is 7-3-3 in second games of back-to-backs.
New Jersey is 8-6-2 vs. the Metro Division and is 15-15-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.
The Devils eight-game road point-streak (7-0-1) was snapped with the loss. The club is now 12-13-6 on the road this season.
New Jersey was 2-4 on the power play tonight and is 4-12 (33.3%) with the man-advantage over the last five games.
The Devils were 1-2 on the penalty-kill tonight and are 13-15 (86.7%) over the last five games.
The Devils were out-shot, 32-30.
Miles Wood opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on the power play at 9:15 of the first period. It was his first goal in 10 games (2 g, Jan. 21 at PHI).
Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season at 13:21 of the second period. Palmieri also added an assist on Wood’s power play goal and now has seven multi-point games this season. He also led the Devils with six shots on net.
Joseph Blandisi recorded his first goal of the season at 17:55 of the second period. Blandisi’s last NHL goal came on Feb. 14, 2016 vs. LA.
Taylor Hall added a goal and two assists for his third three-point game of the season. Hall leads the team and was the first Devil to 40 points (14 g-26 a) this season.
Travis Zajac assisted Palmieri’s goal in the second, and now has three points (1 g-2 a) in his last two games. Zajac also won 22 of 29 (76%) face-off’s on the night.
Keith Kinkaid made his 15th start of the season and fell to 6-7-2, while stopping 26 of 32 shots on goal. Kinkaid also recorded the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Hall’s power play goal.
Stefan Noesen, Steven Santini and Damon Severson also added assists on the night.
Andy Greene led the Devils with 23:44 TOI, while Devante Smith-Pelly led the team with five blocked shots.