Devils Pre-Game Notes: 10/27/17 vs. Ottawa

New Jersey Devils (6-2-0) vs. Ottawa Senators (4-1-4)

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 0 vs. SAN JOSE 3

On October 20, the Devils three-game, win-streak was snapped after being shut-out for the first time this season. New Jersey has not won consecutive games at home (2-2-0). The club is .500, 2-2-0 at home and are perfect on the road thus far, 4-0-0.

The contest also closed-out New Jersey’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season.  It was the Devils’ first game facing a Pacific Division opponent.  In 2016-17, the club was 5-6-3 overall vs. the Pacific. New Jersey has not defeated the Sharks at Prudential Center since Feb. 11, 2011 (0-4-2, six games) and are 1-1-0 against Western Conference competition.

New Jersey was a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill, but did not convert on their five power play chances (0-5).  It was just the third game this season where New Jersey did not score at least one PP goal.

Keith Kinkaid made his second start of the season (third GP).  The previous night at OTT (5-4 OT), Kinkaid replaced Cory Schneider in goal to start the third period where he made nine saves and was credited with the victory.

Miles Wood led the club with six penalty minutes.  Andy Greene paced New Jersey with 22:29 of ice-time, which included 6:50 minutes while shorthanded.

Nico Hischier (2G-4A-6PTS) and Drew Stafford (3G-1A-4PTS) each entered the game with three-game, point-streaks.  San Jose’s Martin Jones turned away all 28 shots that he faced.

Mirco Mueller faced his former club for the first time since he was traded to New Jersey by San Jose, along with a 2018 5th round choice for New Jersey’s 2nd round (Mario Ferraro, SJS) and 4th round (Brandon Crawley, NYR) picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, June 17, 2017. 

Schneider, lower body, was placed on injured reserve that afternoon (retroactive to Oct. 19).  Scott Wedgewood was recalled to New Jersey from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions.

 TOMORROW’S GAME

This is the second of three games between New Jersey and Ottawa this season.  New Jersey defeated Ottawa, 5-4 OT, at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 19.  Four different Devils had multiple-point games.  Nico Hischier scored the first and second goals of his NHL career, just 1:51 apart, during the first period.  At just 18 years, nine months, and 15 days old, he became the fourth-youngest Devil in franchise history to score a goal.  Hischier also added one assist for his first career three-point game. 

Taylor Hall tied his previous career high with four assists (4pts), that evening (Apr. 3 EDM at CGY, 1G-4A).  

John Moore had 1G-1A-2PTS, including the OT game-winner.  He is ranked second in franchise history among defensemen with five overtime goals (S. Niedermayer, 8).  Kyle Palmieri also had 1G-1A-2PTS for his third multi-point game of the campaign.

Tonight also mark’s New Jersey’s third of 16 back-to-back scenarios in 2017-18.  It is the first time this season that the club plays at Prudential Center in consecutive days.  The club is an even 1-1-0 in both first and second games of back-to-backs.  They face the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow at 7PM

The club is a perfect 4-0-0 against the Atlantic Division (1-0-0 at home).  The Devils have not lost to Ottawa since Dec. 17, 2014 at Prudential Center (8 games) and are 9-1-0 overall against their Eastern Conference opponents since 2014-15 (3-1-0 at home).

Keith Kinkaid is 1-1-0 with a .949 save% against Ottawa in his career, which included his a nine save, relief performance this season when Cory Schneider did not return for the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury.

INJURIES

  • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left pectoral muscle, 8 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (IR, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 8 games missed) announced Sept. 19, has resumed skating with the team.
  • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 8 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
  • Cory Schneider (IR, lower body, 1 game missed) suffered Oct. 20, retro to Oct. 19 at OTT has resumed skating with the team.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 29

 MILESTONES

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).

October 20: Placed G Cory Schneider was placed in Injured Reserve (retro to Oct. 19). Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions. Schneider is eligible to be activated on Friday, October 27.

 

BUNCHES OF GOALS

Nico Hischier scored the first two goals of his NHL career, Oct. 19 at OTT.  At 18 yrs, 288 days old he is the youngest Devils’ player to score a goal since Craig Wolanin vs North Stars on Dec 9, 1985 (18y-135d). He is the fifth-youngest in franchise history.

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 was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second in OT goals by a defenseman in franchise history behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8).

THAT’S OFFENSIVE

After eight games, Devils are ranked 8th in the NHL (tie, PHI & CBJ) with 30 goals. All teams with more goals-scored have played at least one more game than NJD.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 18 goals after the first eight contests.

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with nine assists and is ranked second (tie, M. Sergachev – TB) in points.  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 eight career games.

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. 

  • 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 eight 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 players who are spending their first season with New Jersey have recorded at least one point in the Devils’ first eight 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.

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

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.

HOCKEY DOUBLEHEADER

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the New Jersey Devils will host a double header when the NWHL’s Metropolitan Riveters take on the Boston Pride at Prudential Center at 1PM. Six hours later, New Jersey will face-off against Arizona.  On Oct. 6, it was announced through the Harris Blitzer Sports Group that the Devils entered a strategic partnership with the NWHL franchise, which is the first of it’s kind.

Original Press Release can be found at https://njdevilspr.com/2017/10/06/new-jersey-devils-enter-strategic-partnership-with-the-nwhls-riveters/ 

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