Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/5/17 at Calgary

New Jersey Devils (9-3-0) at Calgary Flames (7-6-0)

9 PM ET / 7PM MT • Scotiabank Saddledome • 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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Scotiabank Saddledome

LAST GAME: Nov. 3 – NEW JERSEY 3 at EDMONTON 6

New Jersey suffered its first road loss (regulation or OT/SO) on Friday at Edmonton, 6-3, after starting the season 5-0-0 away from Prudential Center.  The Devils had their three-game, winning-steak snapped and are 9-3-0 overall (5-1-0 road).  They are 1-1-0 on this Western Canada road trip.

Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid and Devils’ forward Brian Boyle, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia this September, participated in the ceremonial face-off as part of Edmonton’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

It was the first time this season the Devils did not have an opportunity on the man-advantage (last time; Mar. 26 vs. DAL. 2-1 OT – 20 games). New Jersey was shorthanded just once and Edmonton capitalized on the opportunity.

The Devils will face the Oilers for the second and final time during the regular season next week, Nov. 9 at Prudential Center.

Taylor Hall scored his fourth goal of the season and leads the Devils with 16PTS. He has has a four-game, points-streak (3G-4A), which ties Will Butcher’s (6A, Oct. 11-17) season-high. Hall also led the team with 20:49 of ice-time and seven shots.

Jesper Bratt notched his fifth goal.  His 11 points ranks third among all NHL rookies (tie, M. Sergachev). Bratt only trails Arizona’s Clayton Keller (9g-6a-15pts) and teammate Will Butcher, who picked up his 12th assist/point.

Brian Gibbons scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season, breaking his previous career-high, after he had five goals in 41 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.

Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 41 (+1 ENG) shots and fell to 6-2-0 on the season.

TONIGHT’S GAME

New Jersey faces Calgary in its final contest of a three-game, Western Canada road trip.  Six of the Devils’ next eight games are against the Western Conference.  The club is 3-2-0 (1-1-0 road) against the Western Conference and is 2-2-0 (1-1-0 road) when facing the Pacific Division in 2017-18.

The Devils are 5-1-0 away from Prudential Center and have not lost two consecutive games in 2017-18.

In 2016-17, New Jersey was 1-0-1 against the Flames (Jan. 13 @ CGY, 2-1 W / Feb. 3 @ NJD, 3-4 OT).   The Devils are 1-2-1 in Calgary since the 2013-14 season (7-15-7 on road since 1982-83 season).

Kyle Palmieri led the Devils with three points (2G-1A) in two games against the Flames last season. Taylor Hall (1GWG-1A), Adam Henrique (1G-1A) and Miles Wood (2A) each had two points with New Jersey against Calgary last season. Additionally, Hall has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last seven games against the Flames.

Cory Schneider allowed four goals on 38 shots in his lone start against Calgary last season, a 4-3 OT loss at Prudential Center.  Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 32 shots in the lone start of his career in Calgary, a 2-1 win on Jan. 13, 2017.

 

INJURIES

  • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left pectoral muscle, 12 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 12 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks from time of surgery.
  • Kyle Palmieri (IR, lower body, 4 games missed) is on I.R. retroactive to October 22, 2017.
  • Marcus Johansson (concussion, 1 game missed) suffered Nov. 1, is out.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 46

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

GREENE – 2PTS for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL.

HALL – 3PTS for 400 in NHL.

BOYLE – 7G for 100 in NHL.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 20: Placed G Cory Schneider (lower body) on I.R. (retro to Oct. 19). Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions.

Oct. 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 I.R.

Nov. 1: Placed F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) on Injured Reserve, retroactive to 10/22/17. Activated F Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) off I.R.

 

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 5-1-0 away from the Prudential Center to start the season, and were the last team to remain undefeated on the road until Nov. 3 at EDM, 6-3 L.  This is the club’s best road 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 12 games, the Devils have a total of 43 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.

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 12 assists and is ranked second* (tie, M. Sergachev – TB) in points. Seven of his 12 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.

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 set a new-career high after scoring his sixth goal of the season (12th game) on Nov. 3 at EDM.  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 second in the NHL (tie, V. Trocheck / 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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