Devils Pre-Game Notes: 10/19/17 at Ottawa

New Jersey Devils (5-1-0) at Ottawa Senators (3-1-2)

7:30PM ET • Canadian Tire 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 Canadian Tire Centre

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 vs. TAMPA BAY 4 (SO)

New Jersey won its second consecutive game on Tuesday night and is now 2-1-0 at home and is 5-1-0 on the season.  It was the first game that required-extra time to be decided. New Jersey’s previous shootout victory was, Dec. 29, 2016 at WSH. (2-1, 50 Games: only two of the 50 had progressed to a shootout). It was also the first time New Jersey won a game after trailing after two periods.The Devils were 4-5 (80.0%) on the penalty kill, including eliminating a full two minutes during OT when Adam Henrique was penalized for a trip.  They were 2-4 (50.0%) on the powerplay. New Jersey leads the NHL with a 30.8% success rate on the PP.

The Devils were out-shot, 34-37, despite finishing the first period with a 15-11 shot advantage.

Kyle Palmieri led the way for NJ, scoring the game-deciding goal in round three of the shootout. It was his second career GDG.  He also scored his second goal of the season (PP) at 16:19 during the second frame.

Drew Stafford opened up the scoring for New Jersey at 2:45 of the first period.  He then tied the game (PP) at four apiece with just 4:06 remaining in the game.  It was his first multi-goal game as a Devil. Stafford has three goals in his last two games since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for three games, Oct. 9-13.  He has 14 goals in 35 career games against Tampa Bay. He had a season-high five shots on net.

Brian Gibbons continued his hot-streak, notching his third goal of the season at 19:08 of the second first period.  Before signing with New Jersey, Gibbons had five goals over 66 combined NHL games with Pittsburgh and Columbus.

Nico Hischier had his first ever multi-point NHL performance, notching two assists (both primary) on both of Stafford’s goals. He skated in a season-high 18:21.

Will Butcher continued his scoring-streak, which now stands at a team-leading four games (6A).  Butcher had one assist on Stafford’s opening goal.  He leads New Jersey and is tied for first among all NHL defensemen with nine points. (DET; Mike Green – 1G-8A).

Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 37 shots (.891 save%) and was perfect in the shootout; denying all three Lightning shooters.

Damon Severson, Taylor Hall, Steven Santini, Miles Wood Adam Henrique also each had one assist.  Santini led the club with a career-high 25:40 of ice-time and tied his previous career-high with five shots (also, Feb. 14, 2017 vs. COL.).

TONIGHT’S GAME

New Jersey will face Ottawa in two of their next three games (Oct. 27 @ NJ).  The clubs will meet for their third and final matchup of the regular season on Feb. 6 at Canadian Tire Centre.  

In 2016-17, the Senators swept the Devils, 3-0-0.  NJD was held point-less against the Sens for the first time in 24 seasons of matches between the two clubs.

During preseason action, the Devils took a commanding 8-1 victory over the Sens 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 ZachaDrew Stafford and John Quenneville each had two goals during the exhibition.

The Devils are 3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents (1-0-0 at home) and are 3-0-0 on the road.

Tonight, New Jersey opens its second of 16 back-to-back matches.  They face-off against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night (7PM) at Prudential Center.  The club is 0-1-0 in first games and is 1-0-0 in second matches of back-to-back scenarios.  The Devils will open their third set of games on consecutive days when they face the Senators on Fri., Oct. 27.

 

INJURIES

  • Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 6 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 6 games missed) announced Sept. 19, is skating on own. 
  • Michael McLeod (torn meniscus in left knee, 6 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 22

 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

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).

 

POWERFUL PLAYMAKEERS

After five games, the Devils are ranked first in the NHL with a 30.8% success rate on the power play.  They have scored eight times on 26 attempts, including collecting three man-advantage tallies in their season-opener, Oct. 7 vs. COL.  The league average is 19.1% (as of Oct. 18). 

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with nine points (9A) and a plus-6 rating.  Five of his nine helpers have been on the power play.  

 

On Oct. 14 at NYR, he set an NHL record, becoming the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to have at least eight assists in his first five career games. He and Jesper Bratt (3G-3A-6PTS) rank first and second, respectively, among all NHL rookies in scoring.

*As of Oct. 18

 

THIS KID’S A BRATT

Rookie forward Jesper Bratt, who was a Devils’ sixth-round pick in 2016, set a new franchise record for the most points in the first two games of his NHL career with 3G-2A-5PTS. In addition, he is one of only NHL players in the last 17 seasons to record five points through his first two games. Bratt now has 3G-3A-6PTS.

  • Others were: 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 3G-2A-5PTS over his first six games as a Devil.  In 66 NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, he had 5 total goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.

 

“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 five games. Those players include Jesper Bratt (3g-3a), Marcus Johansson (2g-2a), Will Butcher (8a), Brian Gibbons (2g-2a), Nico Hischier (2a), 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.

   

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 Nation (*indicates leads NHL)

  • 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.

 

35 YEARS IN NEW JERSEY

The 2017-18 campaign marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State. Through 2709 regular-season games, NJ has 1277 wins, 1083 losses, 219 ties, and 131 OT/shootout losses for 2904 points.

During that span, the club has won three 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

 

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