Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/12/17

New Jersey Devils (10-4-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (8-7-2)

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)

  • TBA

    LAST GAME: NOV. 11 – NEW JERSEY 2 vs. FLORIDA 1

    The Devils beat the Florida Panthers, 2-1, to snap a four-game win-less streak and are now 10-4-2 overall and 5-3-1 at home.  Tonight’s game closed out the Devils three-game home-stand (1-1-1) and was the first half of the Devils fourth of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 3-1-0 in the first game of back-to-backs.  New Jersey is 1-0-0 against Florida in 2017-18 and the two clubs will meet two more times in the regular season (Nov. 27 at NJ, Mar. 1 at FLA).

     

    The Devils are a perfect 6-0-0 against the Atlantic Division (3-0-0 at home) and 7-1-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.  New Jersey was 1-2 on the power play and perfect while shorthanded (4-4). 

     

    Kyle Palmieri capitalized on the Devils first 5-on-3 opportunity of the season, for the game-winning goal. Will Butcher had the primary assist for his eighth power play assist, which ranks third in the NHL (tie, N. Kucherov, TB).  

     

    Damon Severson scored his second goal of the season, while Nico Hischier and Jimmy Hayes also chipped in with assists. 

     

    Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 33 shots to improve to 7-3-1.

     

    Andy Greene led the Devils with 24:32 TOI and three blocked shots, while Steven Santini had a team-high four hits. 

     

    TONIGHT’S GAME AT CHICAGO

     

    The Devils will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of two games this season.  New Jersey will host Chicago to finish the season series on Dec. 23. The Devils are looking to snap their two-game road win-less streak (0-1-1), which is their longest such streak of the season.

     

    Tonight’s game will close out New Jersey’s fourth of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 2-1-0 in second games of back-to-backs.

     

    The Devils were 0-0-2 vs. the Blackhawks in 2016-17 and were outscored 5-7.  New Jersey is 1-2-1 at the United Center since 2013-14.

     

    In 2017-18, the Devils are 5-1-1 on the road and are 3-3-2 against Western Conference opponents.  Specifically, the Devils are 1-1-0 against Central Division teams (Oct. 7, 4-1 vs. COL and Nov. 7, 1-3 vs. STL).  

     

    The Devils lead the Metropolitan Division with 22 points and are third in the Eastern Conference, while Chicago is fifth in the Central Division and are sixth (tie, three others) in the Western Conference with 18 points.

     

    INJURIES

    • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left-pectoral muscle, 16 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
    • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 16 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks at time of surgery
    • Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, five games missed) suffered Nov. 1, is out.

    Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 61

     

    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    GREENE – 1PT for 200 in NHL/DEVILS

    HALL – 2PTS for 400 in NHL.

    JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.

    BOYLE – 6G 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 I.R., retroactive to 10/22/17. Activated F Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) off I.R. 

     

    Nov. 9: Placed F Marcus Johansson (concussion) on I.R., retro to Nov. 1. Activated F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) off Injured Reserve, retro. to Oct. 22. 

      

    82 GAME ODYSSEY

    The second episode of the Devils’ season-long-series that documents the New Jersey’s 2017-18 campaign, players, coaches and staff is available to watch now at newjerseydevils.com.  Links can be found on all NJD social media channels.  The latest episode focuses on New Jersey’s red-hot start to begin the season.

     

    ROAD WARRIORS

    The Devils are 5-1-1 away from 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.  The club has not won an away game in its last two contests, 0-1-1.

     

    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.

     

    POWER UP

    New Jersey’s power play at Prudential Center is 31.3% (10-32), which ranks fourth overall in the NHL. Nashville ranks first with a 40.0% power play conversion rate.

     

    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 (5, 2015-17) he ranks second in OT goals by a defenseman in franchise history behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).

     

    THAT’S HIGHLY OFFENSIVE

    After 16 games, the Devils have a total of 52 regulation/OT goals, which ranks 12th in the NHL.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 39 regulation/OT goals after the first 16 contests.

     

    CHILD’S PLAY

    Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 13 assists and is ranked fourth (tie, A. Kerfoot, COL) in points. Eight of his 13 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 choice (162nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, 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 NHL 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 (5G-7A) 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 seventh goal, in just his 14th game of 2017-18, on Nov. 7 vs. STL.  In 66 NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh before signing with New Jersey in the offeason, he had five 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, six 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 the best hockey player in the NCAA.  He captained Denver to the 2017 NCAA Championship.

     

    A NEW ERA

    The Devils have nine players aged 23 or younger at the NHL-level

    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
    Miles Wood – 22

    New Jersey currently has the sixth-youngest forward group in the NHL, averaging 26.2-years-old. (NHL avg. 27.1)

    New Jersey Roster Age by Year: updated 11/10

    • 2017-18: 26.4
    • 2016-17: 27.4
    • 2015-16: 27.7
    • 2014-15: 30.3
    • 2013-14: 29.8
    • 2012-13: 29.5

    Active Roster By Nation (*indicates leads NHL)

    • USA – 15*
    • Canada – 4
    • Switzerland – 2
    • Sweden – 1
    • 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.

     

    NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

    Nick Lappin – Nov. 1

    Evan Cormier – Nov. 6

    Brandon Gignac – Nov. 7

    Taylor Hall – Nov. 14

    Viktor Loov – Nov. 16

    John Moore – Nov. 19

    Nikita Popugaev – Nov. 20

    Jimmy Hayes – Nov. 21

     

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