Three Stars: 1. Anthony Stolarz 2. Colin McDonald 3. Jordan Weal
2017 Preseason News: It was announced tonight on Hockey Night in Canada that the New Jersey Devils will participate in a Kraft Hockeyville preseason game next season against the Ottawa Senators at O’Leary, Prince Edward Island. The date of the game will be determined at a later time.
The Devils were shut out for the eighth time this season and fell to 3-1-0 against Philadelphia. It was New Jersey’s first loss at Wells Fargo Center since Dec. 11, 2014 (three games). The clubs will meeting on Tuesday at Prudential Center to play their season-series finale.
New Jersey concluded their 17th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The team is 5-8-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games.
With tonight’s defeat, the Devils are 10-14-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 17-26-7 against the Eastern Conference.
New Jersey was 0-4 on the power play tonight and are 1-13 (7.7%) with the man-advantage over the last five games.
New Jersey had a season-high 42 penalty minutes tonight. The Devils were 3-5 on the penalty-kill and are 19-24 (79.2%) while shorthanded over the last five games.
New Jersey was out-shot, 41-32.
At 8:11 of the third period, Philadelphia requested a Coach’s Challenge to determine whether New Jersey was off-side prior to their goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that New Jersey’s John Quenneville was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Toronto Video Room, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.” Therefore the original call was overturned – no goal New Jersey Devils.
Cory Schneider made his 57th start of the season and stopped 38 of 41 shots to fall to 20-25-11.
Dalton Prout accumulated a career-high 20 penalty minutes (2 majors, 1 game misconduct). He had 5:24 of ice-time tonight in 10 shifts.
Ben Lovejoy led all New Jersey players with 23:15 minutes and three blocked shots.