Devils Pre-Game: 10/11/17 at Toronto

New Jersey Devils (2-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0)

7:30PM ET • Air Canada Centre • MSG • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and all Devils Social Media channels.

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Air Canada Centre

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 6 at BUFFALO 2

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-2, to improve to 2-0-0 on the 2017-18 season. It was their first road game and first contest against an Eastern Conference opponent. New Jersey is 6-0-0 at KeyBank Center since the 2013-14 season. The Devils jumped out to a 2-0-0 start for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when they started 3-0-0.

Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson led the way for New Jersey as they each had two goals and one assist.

Bratt became the first player in franchise history and one of five NHL players in the past 17 seasons to record five points (3g-2a) through the first two games of his NHL career. *credit NHL PR

Four players recorded their first points as Devils including Johansson, Nico Hischier (1a), Brian Gibbons (1g-1a) and Mirco Mueller (1a).

In addition to Bratt, Taylor Hall (3a) and Adam Henrique (1g-1a) extended their point streak to two games.  Cory Schneider secured his second win of the year stopping 23 of 25 shots against. 

Andy Greene (1a) and Stefan Noesen (1g) also found their way on to the score sheet with their first points of the season.

TONIGHT’S GAME

Tonight is the first match-up between the Devils and Maple Leafs in 2017-18 and the club’s second game against an Atlantic Division opponent. Both clubs are undefeated on the season and are in the top-three in the league in goals-per-game.

Last season, New Jersey was 1-2-0 against Toronto and lost, 4-2, in their only game at Air Canada Centre. The club is 1-1-4 in Toronto since the 2013-14 season. 

Marcus Johansson had three points (1g-2a) against TOR in 2016-17 and has four points (2g-2a) over his last five games vs. the Maple Leafs.

Cory Schneider is 6-1-3 in his career vs. the Maple Leafs with a .925 save%.

The clubs face-off two more times this season; Nov. 16 at Prudential Center & Apr. 5 at Air Canada Centre. 

 

35 YEARS IN NEW JERSEY

The 2017-18 campaign marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State. Through 2706 regular season games, NJ has 1274 wins, 1082 losses, 219 ties, and 131 OT/shootout losses for 2898 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                1-0-0                 1-0-0

 

INJURIES

  • Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 2 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 2 games missed)announced Sept. 19, is skating on own. 
  • Michael McLeod (lower body, 2 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, is skating on own. 
  • Kyle Palmieri (lower body, 1 game missed) suffered Oct. 7n is game-time decision. 
  • Drew Stafford (lower body, 1 game missed) suffered Oct. 7, is day-to-day.

 

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).

 

BE LIKE BRATT

Rookie forward Jesper Bratt, who was a sixth round draft choice in 2016, set a new franchise record for most points with five (3g-2a) in first two games of his NHL career. In addition to being only one of five NHL players in the last 17 seasons to record 5 points in his first two games, he also leads the Devils with two shorthanded points (1g-1a). 

 Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)

*credit NHL PR

 

“NEW” NEW JERSEY DEVILS LEADING

The Devils have seven new players on their roster to start the 2017-18 season and all seven have recorded at least one point in the Devils first two games. Those players include Jesper Bratt (3g-2a), Marcus Johansson (2g-1a), Will Butcher (3a), Brian Gibbons (1g-1a), Nico Hischier (1a), Jimmy Hayes (1g) and Mirco Mueller (1a). 

 

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 at 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.

 

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.

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.

 

KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE 

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.

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 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

 

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 esteemed and historical “NJ” logo remained unchanged.

 

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!
On Oct. 7, the Devils and Prudential Center unveiled 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. 

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.

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