Three Stars: 1. Joseph Blandisi 2. Stefan Noesen 3. Kyle Palmieri
The Devils opened their first of seven preseason games with a 4-1 victory against the Metropolitan Division rival Washington Capitals. They begin the preseason 1-0-0 and will play their second and final home game on Saturday, September 23 vs. the NY Rangers (7:00PM).
New Jersey and Washington will face-off once more during preseason on Wednesday, September 27 at Capital One Arena.
The Devils and Capitals each had 20 penalty minutes during the contest. The Devils had only one face off violation minor, while Washington had two faceoff bench minors. According to the NHL’s Rule 76 – FaceOffs: “There will be stricter enforcement of the face-off procedure — especially with respect to the markings inside the face-off circle. Under section 76.4, the players will be instructed to set, so they will stand squarely faceing their opponents’ end of the rink, and clear of the ice markings (where applications). The defensive player will be structed to set (skates and stick) then, the offensive Player will be instructed to set (skates and stick).
11 of 22 players, including goaltenders, skated in at least one game for New Jersey last season. The club had five players (Will Butcher, Nico Hischier, Yaroslav Dyblenko, Brandon Baddock, Jesper Bratt) that have never season regular-season NHL action skate in tonight’s lineup.
New Jersey was 0-7 on the man-advantage tonight. The Capitals only goal of the contest was scored shorthanded. The Devils were 0-7 while shorthanded.
The Devils out-shot Washington, 36-30.
Marcus Johansson skated against his former Capitals team for the first time tonight since being aquired by New Jersey in exchange for Florida’s 2018 second round selection and Toronto’s 2018 third round selection.
Nico Hischier made his unofficial debut at Prudential Center tonight. He scored the Devils’ fourth goal of the evening on a breakaway at 15:35 of the third period.
Will Butcher also made his unofficial debut tonight and led New Jersey with 19:47 of ice-time.
DefensemanMirco Mueller and forward Jesper Bratt led New Jersey with a +3 rating. Mueller scored New Jersey’s first goal of the evening to tie the game at one apiece. Bratt had an assist on Stefan Noesen’s game-winner.
The first star of the game, Joseph Blandisi, had two assists tonight.
Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood shared the goaltending duties tonight. Keith Kinkaid was credited with the win. He started tonight’s game and allowed one goal on 16 shots. Wedgewood played in 29:57 of action and stopped all 15 shots he faced.