Devils Pre-Game: 10/7/17 vs. Colorado

New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) vs. Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0)

2PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No Morning Skate.

DAWN OF A NEW ERA

This afternoon’s game marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State. Through 2704 regular season games, NJ has 1272 wins, 1082 losses, 219 ties, and 131 OT/shootout losses for 2894 points.

In that span the club has won 3 Stanley Cup Championships, 5 Eastern Conference titles, 9 Atlantic Division Titles and has seen 10 of their former players (Dave Andreychuk, Slava Fetisov, Doug Gilmour, Phil Housley, Igor Larionov, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Nieuwendyk, Brendan Shanahan, Peter Stastny and Scott Stevens) elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Lou Lamoriello, Pat Burns, and Herb Brooks were all inducted into the Hall of Fame as Builders.

HISTORY

SEASON OPENING RECORDS

              AT HOME        ON ROAD             OVERALL
Record     18-10-6            15-15-4              19-9-6  

Streaks      1-0-0                0-1-1                 0-1-1

 

2017 NEW JERSEY DEVILS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

 DAY DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT RECORD
 MON. SEPT. 18  WASHINGTON PRUDENTIAL CENTER W, 4-1 1-0-0, 2PTS
 Wed. Sept. 20 NY Rangers Madison Square Garden L OT, 3-4 1-0-1, 3PTS
 Thu. Sept. 21 Montreal Bell Centre W, 4-1 2-0-1, 5PTS
 SAT. SEPT. 23 NY RANGERS PRUDENTIAL CENTER W, 2-1 3-0-1, 7PTS
Mon. Sept. 25 *Ottawa Credit Union Place W, 8-1 4-0-1, 9PTS
Mon. Sept. 25 NY Islanders Barclays Center L, 0-3 4-1-1, 9PTS
Wed. Sept. 27 Washington Capital One Arena W, 2-1 5-1-1, 11PTS

 

INJURIES
Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.                                                                                                                                                    

Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) is skating on own.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael McLeod (lower body, suffered September 25, 2017) is skating on own.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sept 19: Assigned G Evan Cormier (Saginaw, OHL), D Jocktan Chainey (Halifax, QMJHL), D Colby Sissons (Swift Current, WHL), F Nikita Popugaev (Prince George, WHL) & Marian Studenic (Hamilton, OHL) to their respective junior clubs.  Released F Nicolas Guay (Drummondville, QMJHL) from tryout.

September 26: Assigned D Yaroslav Dyblenko, D Josh Jacobs, D Michael Kapla, D Colton White, F Brandon Baddock, F Nathan Bastian, F Brandon Gignac, F Ryan Kujawinski, F Blake Pietila, F Kevin Rooney, F Blake Speers & G Mackenzie Blackwood to Binghamton (AHL)

  • The following three players on AHL contracts sent to Binghamton for AHL Camp: F Austin Cangelosi, F Jan Mandat, D Jacob MacDonald
  • Placed on waivers: F Bracken Kearns, F Ben Thomson, Scott Wedgewood
  • Released from Tryout: D Tim Erixon

September 27: Recalled F Kevin Rooney from Binghamton (AHL). Assigned F Bracken Kearns, F Ben Thomson, Scott Wedgewood to Binghtamton (AHL).

September 30: Assigned F Kevin Rooney and G Ken Appleby to Binghamton (AHL).  Placed D Viktor Loov on waivers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             October 1: Assigned D Viktor Loov to Binghamton (AHL). Signed F Jimmy Hayes as a free agent to a one-year, one-way contract.
October 3: Assigned forwards F Joseph Blandisi, Nick Lappin, John Quenneville and D Brian Strait to Binghmaton (AHL).

WEST POINT

From Oct. 1-3, the Devils’ players and coaches traveled to the United States Military Academy for a team-building trip.  For photos, videos, and player interviews please visit newjerseydevils.com or the Devils’ social media channels: @NJDevils, @NJDevilsPR, NJDevilsPR.com or facebook.com/njdevils.

26 Club

The Devils will officially retire Patrik Elias’ no. 26 jersey on Feb. 24 when the Devils host the NY Islanders at The Rock. Elias will become the fifth player in franchise history to have his number retired. His name and number will join no. 4 Scott Stevens, no. 3 Ken Daneyko, no. 27 Scott Niedermayer and no. 30 Martin Brodeur.  He will become the first European-born player in Devils’ history to have his number retired.  Elias won two Stanley Cups with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. He had the famous, backhand, overtime assist to Jason Arnott’s cup-clinching OT goal to win the 2000 Stanley Cup. After 18 seasons, playing only for New Jersey, he ranks first all-time in club history with 408 goals, 617 assists, 1025 points among many more offensive categories.

A NEW ERA

The Devils have eight players aged 23 or younger this season.  

Jesper Bratt – 19
Nico Hischier – 18
Michael McLeod – 19 (injured)
Pavel Zacha – 20
Will Butcher – 22
Mirco Mueller – 22
Steven Santini – 22
Damon Severson – 23

Nico Hischier, Will Butcher and Jesper Bratt could all make their NHL debuts this afternoon.

A NEW LOOK

The Devils have altered their iconic red, black and white jerseys for the first time since changing from their original red, green and white ‘Retro’ sweaters in the 1992-93 season. New Jersey was one of several NHL clubs to change their look after the league switched to adidas ADIZERO jerseys starting with this season.  One significant difference can be seen on the inside of the collar, which is colored green with “95” “00” and “03” written on the inside, commemorating the Devils’ championship pedigree and winning tradition. The league-wide respected and historical “NJ” logo remained unchanged.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!

This afternoon, the Devils and Prudential Center unveil the largest, in-arena, center-hung scoreboard in the world. At 88,401 pounds, 9,584.9 square feet and almost four stories tall, the massive scoreboard contains 29,610,024 SMD pixels.

NEW FRIENDS

The Devils have two new affiliates after the Adirondack Thunder announced a one-year affiliation agreement with the New Jersey and Binghamton Devils to become their official ECHL affiliate. 

The Devils, through parent company Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), has become the first NHL franchise to form a strategic partnership with an NWHL team. The Devils and Riveters announced on Oct. 5 that the club’s have collaborated in an effort to grow the NWHL and increase the development and visibility of girls’ and women’s hockey in New Jersey and across the Metro-area.

As part of their alliance, the Devils and Riveters will have a unique NWHL-NHL doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 28. Prudential Center will be the site of the Riveters’ season opener against the Boston Pride at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Devils hosting the Arizona Coyotes at 7:00 p.m.

WELCOME BACK, CHICO!

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Devils announced that former goaltender and fan favorite Glenn “Chico” Resch will serve New Jersey as a radio analyst and team ambassador for the 2017-18 season. Resch will join, the veteran play-by-play voice Matt Loughlin for Devils coverage on WFAN-FM/AM and The One Jersey Network via WFAN.com.  Resch will also participate at community relations and corporate events, youth clinics, and in grassroots initiatives on behalf of the club.

Off-Season Happenings

April 20 – Signed defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-year, entry-level contract.

May 9 – Re-signed defenseman Viktor Loov to a one-year, two-way contract.

May 12 – Signed forward Jesper Bratt to a three-year, entry-level contract. B

June 17 – Acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and San Jose’s fifth-round selection (#143 overall, Marian Studenic) in the 2017 NHL Draft for New Jersey’s second-round (#49 overall-previously acquired from Boston) and fourth-round (#123-previously acquired from Nashville) picks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

June 29 – Re-signed goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract.

June 30 – Placed Michael Cammalleri & Devante Smith-Pelly on unconditional waivers, for the purpose of buying-out their respective contracts.

July 1 – Signed forward Brian Boyle to a two-year contract.

July 1 –  Signed forwards Brian Gibbons and Bracken Kearns and defenseman Brian Strait to one-year, two-way contracts.

July 2 Acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals for Florida’s second-round pick (previously acquired by New Jersey in the Marc Savard trade, June 10, 2016) and Toronto’s third-round pick (previously acquired by New Jersey as compensation for the hiring of Lou Lamoriello) in the 2018 NHL Draft.

July 10 – Named Roland Melanson to the position of Goaltending Coach.

July 15 – Signed the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier, to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary ($925,000 AAV) and performance bonuses.

August 23 – Signed RW Jimmy Hayes to a PTO (professional tryout).

August 25 – Signed right wing Drew Stafford to a one-year, one-way contract.

August 27 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Will Butcher on a two-year, entry-level contract.

September 7 – Signed D Tim Erixon to a PTO (professional tryout).

September 11 – Signed defenseman Damon Severson to a six-year contract.

October 1 – Signed Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract.

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