Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/3/17 at Edmonton

New Jersey Devils (9-2-0) at Edmonton Oilers (3-7-1)

9 PM ET / 7PM MT • Rogers Place • MSG+ • NHLN •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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Rogers Place

    LAST GAME: Nov. 1 –  NEW JERSEY 2 at Vancouver 0

     

    The Devils kicked off their three-game western Canada road trip by defeating the Vancouver Canucks to improve to 9-2-0 overall and 5-0-0 on the road. With nine wins in their first 11 games the Devils are off to their best start in franchise history.  New Jersey started 8-3-0 in the 1993-94 and 2002-03 seasons.  The club remains the only team in the NHL to earn all possible points on the road.

     

    The Devils are now 6-1-0 against Vancouver overall since the 2014-15 season.  New Jersey is 2-1-0 against the Pacific Division this season and 3-1-0 against the Western Conference.

     

    The club was 0-1 on the power play and 4-4 while shorthanded. It was only the fourth time this season the Devils failed to score on the man-advantage.

     

    Brian Boyle made his season/Devils debut (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) after missing the team’s first 10 games. Boyle had 15:19 TOI and 2 blocked shots in his debut.

     

    Cory Schneider stopped all 37 shots that he faced and earned his first shutout of the season and the 24th of his career. He improved to 6-1-0 and recorded his first shutout against his former team.

     

    Jimmy Hayes and Drew Stafford (EN) each scored.  It was Hayes’ third goal of the season and his second game-winner (Oct. 7, vs. COL).

     

    Taylor Hall assisted both Devils goals, recording his fourth multi-point game of the season. Hall now has eleven points (2g-9a) in his last six games played.

     

    Andy Greene and Steven Santini were tied for the team lead with 24:06 TOI. Greene also led the team with 4 blocked shots, while Santini had 5 hits.

     

    Marcus Johansson (upper body) did not return to the game after taking only one shift. 

     

    TONIGHT’S GAME

     

    New Jersey will play its second contest of a three-game western Canada road trip (also, 11/5 at CGY).  Seven of the Devils’ next 9 games are against Western Conference teams.  The club is 3-1-0 against the Western Conference and is 2-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division in 2017-18.

     

    The Devils are 5-0-0 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 was win-less against the Oilers (0-0-2) (Jan. 7 in NJ, 1-2 OT / Jan. 12 @ EDM, 2-3 OT).  The Devils last win in Edmonton was during the 2014-15 season (Nov. 21, 2014, 2-0).

     

    Steven Santini and Travis Zajac led the team in scoring with a goal and an assist each in two games against the Oilers last year. Taylor Hall had one assist in his first trip back to Edmonton (Jan. 12, 2017) after being traded to the Devils from the Oilers on June 30, 2016.

     

    Cory Schneider made both starts against the Oilers stopping 72 of 77 shots against (.935 save%). 

     

    Schneider is 7-3-2 in his career against Edmonton with a 1.72 GAA and a .935 save%. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid lost his lone start against Edmonton 5-1 (Nov. 15, 2015) stopping 22 of 26 shots that he faced.

     

    INJURIES

    • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left pectoral muscle, 11 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
    • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 11 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.  
    • Kyle Palmieri (lower body, 3 games missed) is on I.R. retroactive to October 22, 2017. 

    Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 42

     

    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

    JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL.

    HALL – 4PTS 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.

     

    November 1: New Jersey has placed RW Kyle Palmieri (lower body) on injured reserve, retroactive to 10/22/17. Forward Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) has been added to the active roster. 

     

    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. 

     

    ROAD WARRIORS

    The Devils are 5-0-0 away from the Prudential Center to start the season, and are the only team that has earned all possible points on the road.  This is the club’s best start since 2009-10, when they started 9-0-0 on the road.

     

    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 11 games, the Devils have a total of 40 goals, which ranks ninth-best* in the NHL (tie; CHI, FLA).  All teams with more goals-scored than NJ have played at least one more game.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 26 goals after the first 11 contests.

    *As of Nov. 2

     

    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.  

    *As of Nov. 2

     

    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 11 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 11 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 Builders.

      

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