Devils Pre-Game: 10/14/17 at NY Rangers

New Jersey Devils (3-1-0) at New York Rangers (1-4-0)

7PM ET • Madison Square Garden • 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)

  • 4:45PM – Head Coach John Hynes outside Devils’ Locker Room

 

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. WASHINGTON 5

The Devils lost to the Washington Capitals 5-2 to fall to 3-1-0 in 2017-18. New Jersey is now 0-5-2 at Prudential Center against Washington since the 2013-14 season.

New Jersey was 1-4 on the power play tonight and is 5-17 (29.4%) on the PP through four games. The Devils were out-shot 28-23. 

Kyle Palmieri scored his first goal of the season and the 100th of his NHL career. Palmieri also assisted Taylor Hall’s 2nd period power play goal and has two multi-point games in three GP.

Hall’s goal was his first of the season and he now has four points (1g-3a) in four games played.

Will Butcher had the secondary assist on Hall’s goal and leads all NHL rookies with six assists and four power play points.

Damon Severson recorded his first point of the year with an assist on Palmieri’s goal. John Moore also chipped-in with an assist on Palmieri’s goal for his third point (1g-2a) of the season.

Blake Coleman led the team with a career high 14 PIM and had four hits.

Cory Schneider made his fourth start of the season and stopped 23 of 28 shots (.821 save%) to fall to 3-1-0 on the season.  

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Devils are facing their Metropolitan Division rival New York Rangers for the first of four times this season (Dec. 9 @ NYR, Dec. 21/Apr. 3 @ NJ). New Jersey is 2-0-0 this season on the road and are 0-1-0 against the divisional opponents. 

New Jersey will wrap-up their first set of 16 back-to-back games tonight. The club is 0-1-0 in first games.

In 2016-17, the club was 1-1-2 against the Rangers, with their sole win, 3-2 OT, at home on Mar. 21 at Prudential Center.  Kyle Palmieri led all Devils with 2G-3A-5PTS against NYR last season.  The Devils also played the Rangers twice during preseason action, losing 3-4 OT, Sept. 21, at MSG, then winning 2-1, Sept. 23, at Prudential Center. Marcus Johansson has 4PTS (2G-2A) in his last two games against New York.

Cory Schneider played each game against the Rangers in 2016-17.  With New Jersey, he is 5-5-3 with a 2.58 GAA and one shutout.  Keith Kinkaid has yet to play a full game against New York in his NHL career.

The club is 7-7-3 vs. NYR and is 3-5-1 at the Garden since the 2013-14 season. 

 

35 YEARS IN NEW JERSEY

The 2017-18 campaign marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State. Through 2707 regular season games, NJ has 1275 wins, 1083 losses, 219 ties, and 131 OT/shootout losses for 2900 points.

During that span, the club has won 3 Stanley Cup Championships, 5 Eastern Conference Championships, 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, 4 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 4 games missed)announced Sept. 19, is skating on own. 
  • Michael McLeod (torn meniscus in left knee, 4 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
  • Drew Stafford (lower body, 3 games missed) suffered Oct. 7, is day-to-day.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 16

 

MILESTONES

PALMIERI – Scored 100th NHL goal, 10/13 vs. WSH.

GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

JOHANSSON – 6PTS for 300 in NHL.

 

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).

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher (6A) and forward Jesper Bratt (3G-3A) lead all NHL rookies with six points each*. They also lead New Jersey in scoring.

*As of Oct. 13

THIS 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 (tie. W. Butcher) 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-3a), Marcus Johansson (2g-2a), Will Butcher (6a), Brian Gibbons (2g-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 last 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.

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
    Roster by Nationality
  • USA – 14
  • Canada – 4
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1

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.

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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