Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/7/17 vs. St. Louis

New Jersey Devils (9-3-1) vs. St. Louis Blues (11-3-1)

7PM 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.

*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No Morning SkateHead Coach John Hynes will be available to the media at the MSG Networks banner outside of the Devils locker room at 4:45PM.

LAST GAME: Nov. 5 – NEW JERSEY 4 at CALGARY 5 (SO)

The Devils wrapped-up their three-game, Western Canada road trip with a shootout loss, 5-4 SO, against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.  It was their first loss in four matches requiring time after 60 minutes of play.  New Jersey collected three of a possible five points, 1-1-1, on the trip through Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

New Jersey is 2-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season and is 3-2-1 against the Western Conference.

The club surrendered their first shorthanded goal against of the season on Michael Frolik’s goal at 11:07 of the first period.

At 13:15 of the first period, Keith Kinkaid stopped Micheal Ferland’s penalty shot attempt.  Kinkaid is 2-2 (100.0%) when facing penalty shots in his career (also; P. Kessel, Mar. 17, 2017, Save). This was the first penalty shot against the Devils in 2017-18 season.  He stopped 30 of 34 shots (+ 1 of 3 in the shootout) to fall to 3-1-1 in 2017-18.

Miles Wood was awarded a penalty shot at 13:54 of the third period and was unsuccessful on the attempt. Wood is now 0-2 in his career on penalty shots (also; Nov. 29, 2016, vs. C. Hellebuyck, Miss).

Taylor Hall opened the scoring for the Devils with his fifth goal of the season. Hall now has a season-high, five-game point streak (4G-4A-8PTS).

Nico Hischier had two assists for his third multi-point game of his career and was awarded as the Second Star of the Game.  Hischier has three assists in his past two games and led the Devils with five shots on net.

Ben Lovejoy picked up his first goal and finished the night with two points (1G-1A). It was his first multi-point game as a Devil and the ninth of his career. His last goal was on Dec. 6, 2016 vs, VAN.

Brian Gibbons notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season to extend his new career-high.

Andy Greene scored his first goal of the season and led the team with 24:25 of ice-time.

 

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Devils face-off against St. Louis in the first of two games this season.  New Jersey will travel to Scottrade Center to face the Blues to finish the two game season series on Jan. 2.  The club will look to avoid ending their season-long, two game win-less streak.

The Devils were 0-2-0 vs. the Blues in 2016-17 and were outscored 3-9.  The Devils have not defeated St. Louis in six straight games (last win; Jan. 14, 2014, 7-1).

In 2017-18, the Devils are 4-2-0 at home and are 3-2-1 against the Western Conference.  Specifically, the Devils are 1-0-0 against Central Division teams (Oct. 7, 4-1 vs. COL).

The Devils lead the Metropolitan Division with 19 points (tie; CBJ) and are second in the Eastern Conference, while St. Louis leads the Central Division and Western Conference with 23 points. The Blues are 6-3-0 against Eastern Conference clubs this season.  They are tied with New Jersey (and WSH) with the second-most points on the road in the NHL.

Beau Bennett, who recorded a career high 19 points in 65 games with the Devils in 2016-17, signed a one-year contract with St. Louis on July 1, 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, 2 game missed) suffered Nov. 1, is out.
  • Steven Santini (Upper Body, 1 game missed) is day-to-day.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 51

 UPCOMING MILESTONES

GREENE – 1PT for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

HALL – 2PTS for 400 in NHL.

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. injured

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) to roster.

82 GAME ODYSSEY

Episode Two of the Devils’ season long series of docmenting the 2017-18 campaign is available to watch now at newjerseydevils.com. The latest episode focuses on New Jersey’s hot start.

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 with 19 points (tie; CBJ) and are second (tie; CBJ) in the Eastern Conference.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Devils are 5-1-1 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.  Their 5-0-0 road record to start the season was 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 Devil to score a goal since Craig Wolanin did so against the Minnesota 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. In just his third season with the Devils, 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 13 games, the Devils have a total of 49 goals, which ranks 9th in the NHL (tie; four others).  All teams with more goals-scored than NJ have played at least one more game.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 30 goals after the first 13 contests.

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 12 assists and is ranked second (tie, Jesper Bratt – NJD & 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

Bratt is tied for second on the Devils with 12 points with rookie defenseman Will Butcher. He is tied for fourth in the league (Butcher – NJD & Sergachev – TBL) among rookies.

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, three others) 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 fifth-youngest forward group in the NHL, averaging 25.6-years-old.

New Jersey Roster Age by Year:

  • 2017-18: 25.7
  • 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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