Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/1/17 at Vancouver

New Jersey Devils (8-2-0) at Vancouver Canucks (6-3-2)

10 PM ET / 7PM PT • Rogers Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and all Devils Social Media channels.

Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Today’s Media Links

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Rogers Arena

LAST GAME: OCT. 28 –  NEW JERSEY 4 vs. ARIZONA 3

New Jersey swept their third of 16 sets of back-to-back games, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 5-4 SO, on Fri. Oct. 27 and the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, the following evening. The two wins gave the Devils their first home winning-streak of the season.

After 10 games, New Jersey is 8-2-0 (4-2-0 home / 4-0-0 road). Their .800 winning percentage is ranked third-best in the NHL (tie; VGK) (*as of Oct. 31.) The club was 4-3-3 after their first 10 games in 2016-17.

The Devils power play units were perfect, scoring on both of their two opportunities (Taylor Hall & Jesper Bratt-GWG).  New Jersey’s power play is ranked fifth-best (27.5%) in the NHL (*as of Oct. 31).

Hall scored two goals (1EV/1PP) and recorded one assist for his second game with three or more points (Oct. 19 at OTT, 4A-4PTS).  He leads the team with 13PTS (3G-10A) and has 8PTS (2G-6A) over his last four games.

Bratt notched the game-winner on the power play with 4:23 remaining in regulation.  After a five-game, goal-less drought from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, he has four points (1G-3A) over the past two games.

Brian Gibbons was successful on a shorthanded penalty shot at 11:55 of the first period.  The last time a Devil scored at Prudential Center on a penalty shot was January 22, 2013 (I. Kovalchuk vs. I. Bryzgalov; NJ 3 vs. PHI 0)

Adam Henrique had one assist and has two points, one goal and one assist, over his last two games.  Will Butcher tallied his 11th assist of the season, his seventh on the PP, on Bratt’s game-winner.

That same afternoon, it was announced that New Jersey traded goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Arizona’s fifth-round selection (previously acquired in the Michael Stone trade with CGY) in the 2018 NHL Draft.  The former Devils’ goalie dressed that night as the Yotes’ backup netminder.

Cory Schneider was activated off injured reserve after missing two games (lower body injury/birth of daughter). He stopped 34 of 37 shots for his fifth win of the season.  Andy Greene (personal) missed the game because of the birth of his son, Maddox David Greene.

Marcus Johansson (lower body, suffered in pregame warmup) missed his first game since the 2015-16 season (114 games).  Kyle Palmieri also missed the game with a lower-body injury.

TONIGHT’S GAME

New Jersey begins its first of a three-game western Canadian road trip tonight (also, 11/3 at EDM & 11/5 at CGY).  Eight of the Devils’ next 10 games are against Western Conference teams.  The club is 2-1-0 against the Western Conference and is 1-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division in 2017-18.

The Devils are 4-0-0 on the road this season. The Devils are the only team in the NHL without a regulation or OT/SO loss on the road.

In 2016-17, New Jersey swept the Canucks in their season-series, 2-0-0 (Dec. 6 in NJ, 3-2W / Jan. 15 @ VAN, 2-1 OT).  The club has won each of their last two games in Vancouver and is 5-1-0 overall since the 2014-15 season.

Taylor Hall scored an OT winner on Jan. 15, 2017 at Rogers Arena and has seven points (3G-4A) over his last seven games vs. Vancouver.  Former Canucks’ goaltender Cory Schneider is 4-1-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .929 save% since being traded to New Jersey at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Goaltending Coach Roland Melanson joined the Devils’ coaching staff after spending the last six seasons (2010-2017) with the Canucks’ organization.

INJURIES

  • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left pectoral muscle, 10 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (IR, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 10 games missed) announced Sept. 19, has resumed skating with the team.
  • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 10 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
  • Kyle Palmieri (lower body, 2 games missed) is day-to-day and did not accompany the team on this road trip.
  • Marcus Johansson (lower body, 1 game missed) has resumed skating and could play tonight.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 39

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL.

HALL – 6PTS for 400 in NHL.

BOYLE – 7G for 100 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 on Injured Reserve (retro to Oct. 19). Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions. Schneider is eligible to be activated today.

October 28: Traded G Scott Wedgewood to Arizona in exchange for Arizona’s fifth-round selection (previously acquired in the Michael Stone trade w/ CGY).  Activated G Cory Schneider off Injured Reserve.

 

RED OCTOBER

The Devils closed-out the month of October with an 8-2-0 record.  They are currently ranked first in the Metropolitan Division and are second in the Eastern Conference.

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 did so vs. the 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 on Oct. 19 at OTT.  He now has five OT game-winners with New Jersey, which is the most by any NHL 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, 1991-2004).

THAT’S OFFENSIVE

After 10 games, the Devils have a total of 38 goals, which ranks ninth-best in the NHL (tie; CHI).  All teams with more goals-scored than NJ have played at least one more game.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 22 goals after the first 10 contests.

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 11 assists and is ranked second (tie, M. Sergachev – TB) in points. Seven of his 11 helpers have been on the power play.

On Oct. 14 at NYR, Butcher 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 his first three-point night. Hischier has (2G-5A-7PTS) through his first 10 career games.

Jesper Bratt scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout, Oct. 27 vs. OTT, in his first career shootout attempt and notched the game-winner with 4:23 remaining in regulation that next evening against Arizona.

ACTING LIKE A BRATT

Rookie forward Jesper Bratt, New Jersey’s 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 5G-2A-7PTS over his first 10 games as a Devil.  In 66 NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, he had 5 total goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.

Gibbons also scored a shorthanded goal, on a penalty shot, on Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  He ranks first in the NHL (tie, E. Kane / A. Barkov) with two shorthanded goals this season.

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/Devils debut on Oct. 7 vs. Colorado and recorded three assists (3PTS). 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 college hockey’s best player.  He 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.  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 Builder

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