Three Stars: 1. Patrik Laine 2. Blake Wheeler 3. Taylor Hall
The Devils concluded their two-game, season-series with Winnipeg, 0-1-1, after falling in the shootout. The club is 3-3 in shootouts in 2016-17.
Tonight was the Devils’ final game versus a Western Conference opponent this season. The Devils were 5-6-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 5-5-4 vs. the Central Division and were 10-11-7 overall vs. the West.
The Devils were 0-4 on the power play tonight and are 2-13 (15.4%) over their last five games. New Jersey surrendered their 11th shorthanded goal of the season when Joel Armia scored to tie the game, 3-3, in the third period.
New Jersey was a perfect 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 9-13 over the last five games.
The Devils were out-shot, 36-23, including 18-8 in the second period.
Taylor Hall notched his 19th goal of the season on a breakaway at 12:07 of the first period and has four points over his last five games (2g-2a). He now leads the club with 51pts. Hall has 17 points (6g-11a) in 11 career games vs. Winnipeg.
Beau Bennett tied the game at one apiece with his sixth goal of the season at 8:10 of the first period. His six goals ties his career-high which was set in the 2015-16 season. He has also surpassed his previous career-high with 16 points (6g-10a) on the season. He needs just one assist to tie his career-best for 11 assists in a season, which he did as a rookie in 2012-13.
Stefan Noesen scored his seventh goal of the season at 15:27 of the second period. Blake Pietila assisted on the goal for his first point of the season and his first point since Mar. 31, 2016 (11 games).
Pavel Zacha and Dalton Prout each had an assist on Bennett’s score.
Travis Zajac notched the helper on Hall’s goal. He has surpassed his 2015-16 assist and point total tonight with 29 assists and 43 points on the season.
Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 36 shots (+ 2-3 in shootout) and fell to 20-24-11 on the season.
Next Up *subject to change
Thurs: 11AM Practice at Prudential Center
Fri: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Barclays Center 7:30PM at NY Islanders (MSG+2, TOJN/WFAN)
Sat: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Wells Fargo Center
7PM at Philadelphia (MSG+, TOJN/WFAN)