Three Stars: 1. Anthony Beauvillier 2. Jaroslav Halak 3. Anders Lee
New Jersey fell to 12-21-6 on the road and is 1-2-0 against the NY Islanders this season. The clubs will face-off in their season-series finale on Apr. 8 at Prudential Center.
The Devils will conclude their 17th of 18 sets of back-to-back games tomorrow in Philadelphia. The club is 5-8-4 in first games and is 7-5-4 in second games of back-to-back contests. With tonight’s loss, New Jersey is 10-13-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 17-25-7 against Eastern Conference opponents.
New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play tonight and is 2-13 (15.4%) over their last five games.
The Devils were shorthanded 10 times tonight, which is a season-high. They were 9-10 on the penalty-kill and are 17-21 (81.0%) over the last five games.
At 5:44 of the first period, New Jersey requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Anders Lee interfered with New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid prior to his goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred. Therefore the original call stood – good goal New York Islanders.
The Devils were out-shot, 38-27.
Keith Kinkaid has a new career high after starting for the 21st time this season. He stopped 36 of 38 shots to fall to 7-12-3 on the campaign.
Adam Henrique scored his 20th goal of the season on the power play at 11:23 of the second period. He has 20 goals for the third time in his six season NHL career. He is one of two Devils (B. Lovejoy) to play in all 77 games this season.
Pavel Zacha and John Quenneville notched the assists on Henrique’s goal. Zacha has eight assists over the last 10 games and is tied for third on New Jersey (D. Severson) with 13 points on the power play. Quenneville’s assist was his third of the season.
Defenseman Michael Kapla made his NHL debut tonight and played in 15:07 of action and blocked one shot.
Michael Cammalleri returned to the lineup after missing the last 13 games with an upper body injury.