Devils Pre-Game Notes: 10/20/17

New Jersey Devils (6-1-0) vs. San Jose Sharks (2-3-0)

7 PM ET • Prudential Center • 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)

  • 10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 at OTTAWA 4 (OT)

New Jersey won its third consecutive game and improved to 6-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 on the road. The Devils came from behind for their second consecutive win when trailing after two periods.

 

Tonight’s game opened the second of 16 sets of back-to-back games for the Devils. The club is now 1-1-0 in first games and 1-0-0 in second games of back-to-back sets. The Devils are 4-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents. 

 

John Moore scored the game-winning goal 1:20 into overtime and now has five OT goals since 2015-16 season. He also had an assist on Hischier’s second goal.

 

Nico Hischier had three points (2g-1a) on the night. It was his first goal and three-point night of his NHL career/as a Devil. Hischier has seven points (2g-5a) in the first seven games of his NHL career.

 

Taylor Hall had four assists which tied a career-high (Apr. 3, 2013 at CGY, 1g-4a). It was Hall’s fifth four-point game of his career.

 

Kyle Palmieri had two points (1g-1a) for his third multi-point game of the season.

 

Drew Stafford extended his point-streak to three games (3g-1a) after he assisted Hischier’s first goal.

 

Marcus Johansson scored the game tying goal 15:05 into the third period.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 20 of 24 shots before he exited the game after the second period (lower body injury). Keith Kinkaid stopped all nine shots that he faced to improve to 2-0-0.

 

Damon Severson led the Devils with 23:24 TOI and was +3. 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME

New Jersey will face San Jose for the first of two meetings this season. The Devils will travel to San Jose for their second and final meeting of the regular season on Mar. 20 at SAP Center.

 

In 2016-17, the Sharks swept the Devils, 2-0-0.  NJD was held win-less against the Sharks for the first time since 2013-14. The club has not defeated San Jose at Prudential Center since Feb. 11, 2011.

 

Taylor Hall has five points (3g-2a) in his last five games against San Jose, including one assist in one game played against the Sharks last season as a Devil.

 

Tonight will be the Devils first match up against a Pacific Division opponent. The club is 1-0-0 against the Western Conference in 2017-18. 

 

Tonight, New Jersey closes its second of 16 back-to-back matches.  The Devils defeated the Senators 5-4 (OT) in the first game of their back-to-back.  The club is 1-1-0 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, 7 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 7 games missed) announced Sept. 19, is skating on own. 
  • Michael McLeod (torn meniscus in left knee, 7 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 25

 

MILESTONES

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

GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

JOHANSSON – 5PTS 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).

 

JOHNNY ROCKET

John Moore scored the game-winning goal in overtime Oct. 19 at Ottawa and now has five OT game-winning goals, which is the most by a defenseman since 3-on-3 overtime started in the 2015-16 season. Moore only trails Devils legend Scott Niedermayer, who had eight OT goals, in Devils team history.

 

POWERFUL PLAYMAKERS

After five games, the Devils are 7th (tie, NSH) in the NHL with a 26.7% success rate on the power play.  They have scored eight times on 30 attempts, including collecting three man-advantage tallies in their season-opener, Oct. 7 vs. COL. (as of Oct. 20). 

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with nine points (9A).  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.

 

On Oct. 19 at OTT, Nico Hischier scored the first two goals of his career and notched an assist for a three-point night. Hischier has (2G-5A-7PTS) through his first seven career games.

 

Butcher, Hischier and Jesper Bratt (3G-3A-6PTS) rank first, second and third, respectively, among all NHL rookies in scoring.

*As of Oct. 20

 

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 five 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

All eight new players who have suited up for the Devils this season have recorded at least one point in the Devils’ first seven games. Those players include Will Butcher (9A), Nico Hischier (2G-5A), Jesper Bratt (3G-3A), Marcus Johansson (3G-2A), Brian Gibbons (3G-2A), Drew Stafford (3G-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.

   

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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