New Jersey Devils (4-1-0) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0)
7:30PM ET • Prudential Center • NBC Sports Network • 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)
- 10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 at NY RANGERS 2
The Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2, in their first of four match-ups in 2017-18 (Dec. 9 @ NYR, Dec. 29/Apr. 3 @ NJD). They also closed-out their first of 16 sets of back-to-back games. They are 1-1-0 in back-to-back situations.
The Devils are undefeated on the road (3-0-0). The last time New Jersey started a season 3-0-0 on the road was in 2014-15 (3-0-0).
It was the Devils’ first win at Madison Square Garden since Oct. 18, 2015 (2-1OT)
New Jersey was out-shot, 31-19, including 14-3 in the first period. Their 19 shots was a season-low. However, the Devils dominated the second period, out-shooting the Rangers, 12-3.
New Jersey accumulated a season-low eight penalty minutes against.
Keith Kinkaid made his first start of the 2017-18 campaign and stopped 29 of 31 shots (.935 save%) for his first career win against NYR.
Rookie defenseman Will Butcher continued his impressive scoring pace with two assists, including the primary assist on Drew Stafford’s game-winner (PP). Butcher is the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to record at least eight assists in his first five career games. *credit NHL PR
Stafford made his return from a lower body injury that had kept him out of the lineup in the last three games (Oct. 9-13). Stafford scored his first goal as a New Jersey Devil which was the eventual game-winning goal (PP) at 1:00 of the third period. Nico Hischier also assisted on the goal.
Adam Henrique opened the scoring for New Jersey. Brian Gibbons had the lone assist from a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Henrique’s stick. Gibbons has four points over his last three games (2G-2A).
Miles Wood notched his third goal of the season. He has three goals over his last three games, Oct. 11-14. Ben Lovejoy notched his first point of the season with an assist on the marker.
The Devils are facing Tampa Bay for the first of three times this season (Feb. 17 at TB / Mar. at NJ). In 2016-17, New Jersey was 1-2-0 vs. Tampa Bay. Their only win came on Oct. 29 at Prudential Center (3-1 W).
The Devils are 4-2-0 against the Lightning at Prudential Center since the 2013-14 season. The Devils are 2-0-0 Atlantic Division teams in 2017-18, however, this is NJ’s first home game against the Eastern Conference foe.
Defenseman Damon Severson had 2G-1A-3PTS vs. Tampa Bay last season. Marcus Johansson notched 1G-3A-4PTS against the Bolts last 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
- Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 5 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
- Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 5 games missed)announced Sept. 19, is skating on own.
- Michael McLeod (torn meniscus in left knee, 5 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 19
PALMIERI – Scored 100th NHL goal, 10/13 vs. WSH.
GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS
JOHANSSON – 6PTS for 300 in NHL.
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).
Defenseman Will Butcher (8A) leads all NHL rookies with eight points. On Oct. 14 at NYR, he set an NHL record, becoming the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to record at least eight assists in his first five career games. He and Jesper Bratt rank first and second, respectively, among all rookies in scoring.
*As of Oct. 16
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. Bratt now has 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.
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.