New Jersey Devils (3-0-0) vs. Washington Capitals (2-1-1)
7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
- 10:30 morning skate at Prudential Center (player availability to follow)
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 6 at TORONTO 3
The Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 to start the season 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The Devils have scored 16 goals in their first three games, which is the most to start a season since the club scored 17 at the start of the 1991-92 season.
New Jersey was 1-5 on the power play tonight and are 4-13 (30.7%) on the PP over the last three games. Brian Gibbons scored a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal which was the first ever 3-on-5 goal in Devils’ history. He has three points (2g-1a) over his last three games. New Jersey has now scored a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games.
The Devils were out-shot 31-50. Cory Schneider stopped 47 shots (.940 save %) and has a .948 save % to start the season.
Miles Wood opened the scoring for the Devils deflecting a Steven Santini shot at 9:07 of the first period. Wood gave the Devils the lead 1:38 later with his second goal of the night.
Pavel Zacha also had two goals for his first multi-goal game and fourth multi-point game of his career.
Adam Henrique had two assists, with his first coming on Gibbons’ shorthanded goal. Henrique has two shorthanded assists in two games and four points (1g-3a) in three games this season.
Jesper Bratt continued his three-game point streak with an assist on Zacha’s power play goal. Bratt has six points (3g-3a) in his first three career games.
Will Butcher added two assists, to bring his season-total to five.
Blake Coleman scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career.
Tonight is the first match-up between the Devils and Capitals in 2017-18 and New Jersey’s first game against a Metropolitan Division opponent. In 2016-17, the Devils were 11-16-3 at home vs. Metropolitan competition and 1-3-0 against. It is also Marcus Johansson’s first time facing his former team, where he played in 501 games over seven seasons. As a member of the Capitals, Johansson had 4G-4A-8PTS against New Jersey in 25 career games.
The Devils have not defeated the Capitals at Prudential Center since the 2013-14 season, (Apr. 4, 2015, 2-1 W).
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
- Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 3 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
- Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 3 games missed)announced Sept. 19, is skating on own.
- Michael McLeod (torn meniscus in left knee, 3 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
- Drew Stafford (lower body, 2 games missed) suffered Oct. 7, is day-to-day.
Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 12
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).
THE KID’S A 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 leads New Jersey with 3G-3A-6PTS.
Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)
*credit NHL PR
GETTING GIBBY WITH IT
On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He has two 2G-1A-3PTS over his first three games as a Devil.
“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.
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 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.
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.