New Jersey Devils (1-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-1-1)
3PM ET • KeyBank Center • MSG • The One Jersey Network
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 vs. COLORADO 1
The New Jersey Devils opened their 35th season in front of a sold out crowd at Prudential Center with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The Devils are now 19-10-6 in home-opening games and are 20-9-6 overall in season-openers. It is the second consecutive year that New Jersey won their first home game of the season (2-1 W, vs. ANA, Oct. 18, 2016).
Rookie defenseman Will Butcher set a franchise record for the most points scored by a player in a Devils’ debut with three assists. Forward Jesper Bratt also made his Devils/NHL debut and recorded a goal (PP) and an assist (SH), while 2017 first overall draft pick Nico Hischier recorded 15:44 of ice-time and had six shots on goal. Jimmy Hayes tallied the game-winner (PP) in his first game as a Devil.
John Moore scored the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career to put NJD ahead 4-1; it was just the second shorthanded point of his career. Adam Henrique opened the scoring with a PP goal at 4:04 of the first, while Taylor Hall had an assist on Bratt’s PPG.
Kyle Palmieri recorded two assists on the night but left the game early with a lower body injury and did not return. Drew Stafford also exited the match early (lower body) and did not return.
D Mirco Mueller, F Drew Stafford, F Marcus Johannson and F Brian Gibbons also played in their first game as Devils.
Cory Schneider stopped 40 of 41 (.971) for the win.
New Jersey was 3-4 (75.0%) with the man-advantage and a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill.
This afternoon is the Devils’ first road game of 2017-18 and their first game against an Eastern Conference opponent. Last season, New Jersey was 3-0-0 against Buffalo and won 2-1 (OT)in their only game at KeyBank Center. The club is 4-0-0 at Buffalo since the 2013-14 season. The Devils are 15-15-4 in first road games of the season.
Marcus Johansson had five points (1g-4a) against BUF in 2016-17 and has eight points (6g-2a) over his last five games vs. the Sabres.
Cory Schneider is 7-3-2 in his career vs. the Sabres with a .933 save% and 2 shutouts.
The clubs face-off two more times this season; Dec. 29 at Prudential Center & Jan. 30 at KeyBank Center.
35 YEARS IN NEW JERSEY
The 2017-18 campaign marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State. Through 2705 regular season games, NJ has 1273 wins, 1082 losses, 219 ties, and 131 OT/shootout losses for 2896 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.
SEASON OPENING RECORDS
AT HOME ON ROAD OVERALL
Record 19-10-6 15-15-4 20-9-6
Streaks 2-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-0
Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 1 game missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 1 game missed) is skating on own.
Michael McLeod (lower body, 1 game missed) suffered September 25, 2017 is skating on own.
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, G Scott Wedgewood
- Released from Tryout: D Tim Erixon
September 27: Recalled F Kevin Rooney from Binghamton (AHL). Assigned F Bracken Kearns, F Ben Thomson, G 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).
A BUTCHER’ED PERFORMANCE
Defenseman Will Butcher set a new franchise record for the most points in a Devils’ debut. The 22-year-old blueliner made his NHL debut with NJD on Oct. 7 vs. Colorado and recorded three assists. Butcher signed a two-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on August 27 after spending four seasons playing collegiate hockey University of Denver (NCHC). He was the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner as the college hockey’s best player and captained Denver to the 2017 NCAA Championship.
A NEW ERA
The Devils have eight players aged 23 or younger on their roster
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
New Jersey has the second-youngest forward group in the NHL, averaging 24.3-years-old.
New Jersey Roster Age by Year:
- 2017-18: 26.7
- 2016-17: 27.4
- 2015-16: 27.7
- 2014-15: 30.3
- 2013-14: 29.8
- 2012-13: 29.5
82 Game Odyssey
In commemorating the Devils’ 35th season in New Jersey, the club has created a new web-series that will follow the team and players throughout the 2017-18 season. 82 Game Odyssey, narrated by radio play-by-play broadcaster Matt Loughlin, debuted it’s first installment of the series this week. It can be found on newjerseydevils.com.
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.
The Devils took a commanding 8-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Canada’s 2017 Kraft Hockeyville in Prince Edward Island. The Devils battled the Sens and took a 4-0 lead during the first 10:21 of action. Pavel Zacha, Drew Stafford and John Quenneville each had two goals during the match.
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.
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 esteemed 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.
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.