Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/16/17 at Toronto

New Jersey Devils (11-4-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0)

7PM • Air Canada Centre • 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)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at Air Canada Centre

LAST GAME: NOV. 12 – NEW JERSEY 7 at CHICAGO 5

The Devils began their four-game, road-trip on Sunday with a 7-5 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. New Jersey climbed-back after trailing 4-1 at one point during the first period, and responded by scoring five unanswered goals to improve to 6-1-1 (11-4-2 overall).

It was the first time since Apr. 18, 2006 at MTL that the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game in regulation. It also marked the first time the Devils scored seven goals on the road since Nov. 23, 2008 at TBL (7-3 W). *credit Elias Sports Bureau

The Devils and Blackhawks combined for six goals in the first period, marking the seventh time this season that one period featured at least six combined goals. *credit Elias Sports Bureau. Only one of the 12 total goals that night was scored during the third period; a New Jersey PPG by Miles Wood, his third of the evening.

Wood recorded the first hat-trick of his NHL career and added an assist for his first career four-point game. It was the first Devils’ hat trick since Travis Zajac scored three goals on Dec. 1, 2016. (3-4 OT at CHI). Wood also led NJ with a career-high seven shots.

Taylor Hall notched the 400th point of his NHL career, his sixth goal of the season, during the second period. Hall also an assist on Wood’s first goal for his fifth multi-point game of the campaign.

Devils’ captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th point of his NHL career/as a Devil, on his second period tally. Greene also registered an assist on Hall’s goal, for his two-point game of 2017-18.

Nico Hischier had a goal and two assists for the second three-point game of this season. It was Hischier’s first goal and three-point night since Oct. 19 at OTT (2G-1A). Brian Gibbons scored the game-winner and team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second period.

Keith Kinkaid stopped a season-high, 39 of 44 shots (.886 save%), to improve to 4-1-1 this season.

TONIGHT’S GAME AT TORONTO

Tonight marks the second of three games this season between the Devils and Maple Leafs. New Jersey defeated Toronto on Oct. 11, 6-3, at Air Canada Centre. The clubs face-off for their season-series finale on Apr. 5 at Prudential Center.

Brian Gibbons scored a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal (GWG); the first ever 3-on-5 goal in team history. The Devils were out-shot, 31-50, but Cory Schneider stopped a career-high 47 shots(tie, Nov. 29, 2011: VAN 4 vs. CBJ 1) and is 7-1-3 with a 2.16 GAA and .927 save-percentage in 11 career-games vs. TOR.

Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each had two goals. It was Zacha’s first two-goal game of his NHL career. Adam Henrique had two assists, with his first coming on Gibbons’ SHG. Will Butcher also had two helpers on the evening.

The Devils are a perfect 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 road) vs. Atlantic Division competition in 2017-18. The Leafs hold the third-most, home-points in the NHL (tie, VGK/STL) with 14), while New Jersey has the second-most, road-points (tie, STL/CBJ) with 13.

INJURIES

Travis Zajac (IR, torn left-pectoral muscle, 17 games missed) Cleared to play/practicing in full with team.

Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 17 games missed) Cleared to play/practicing in full with team.
Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, 7 games missed) suffered on Nov. 1, is out.
Mirco Mueller (fractured collarbone) suffered on Nov. 12 is out indefinitely.
Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 64

MILESTONES

GREENE – Reached 200TH PT of career/Devils w/ goal, Nov. 12 at CHI.

HALL – Reached 400TH PT of NHL career w/ goal, Nov. 12 at CHI.

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 I.R., retro. to Oct. 22.

Nov. 15: Activated F Michael McLeod off I.R., and assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R. (retro to Nov. 12). Mueller will have surgery on Nov. 16.

MILES AND MILESTONES

On Nov. 12 at CHI, New Jersey came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Blackhawks, 7-5. It was the first time since Apr. 18, 2006 at MTL that New Jersey overcame a three-goal deficit to win in regulation.

Miles Wood had the first hat-trick (2PP/1EV) of his NHL career and added an assist for his first four-point game. Taylor Hall tallied his 400th NHL point (72nd w/ NJD) with a goal in the second period, while captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th career/Devils’ point; also from a second period goal.

ROOKIE DIARIES

The first episode of 2017-18’s installment of Rookie Diaries features Nico Hischier.  The 2017 first overall pick discusses his first few weeks in the NHL as well as coming to New Jersey after the draft. Watch using the link below or find on all Devils’ Social Media Channels.

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/rookie-diaries-ep-1-hischier/t-277437418/c-54565703

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER

On Nov. 24 vs. Vancouver, the Devils will host their Hockey Fights Cancer Night. During Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month, all 31 teams join the hockey family’s fight against cancer by hosting a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. Players, fans, team personnel and partners come together to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight.

CONGRATULATIONS DAVE ANDREYCHUK!

Former Devil, Dave Andreychuk, was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday. He was a member of the Devils for three-plus seasons (1996-99) and scored 64G-86A-150pts in 224GP. He was traded by the Maple Leafs to New Jersey for NJD’s second-round choice (Marek Posmyk) in the 1996 NHL Draft and New Jersey’s third-round choice (traded back to New Jersey – Andre Lakos) in the 1999 NHL Draft.

He scored his 500th NHL goal as a member of the Devils on Mar. 15, 1997 vs. WSH.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Devils are 6-1-1 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.

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 17 games, the Devils have a total of 59 regulation/OT goals, which ranks fifth (tie, NYI/VGK) in the NHL. In 2016-17, the club had scored just 41 regulation/OT goals after 17 GP.

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 13 assists and is ranked sixth (tie, Jesper Bratt – NJD) in points. Eight of his 13 helpers have been on the power play, which ranks fourth (tie, P. Kessel – PIT & B. Wheeler – WPG) in the NHL.

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.

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

ACTING LIKE A BRATT

Rookie 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

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 offseason, 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, nine 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 eight players aged 23 or younger on their roster.

Jesper Bratt – 19
Nico Hischier – 18
Pavel Zacha – 20
Will Butcher – 22
Mirco Mueller – 22
Steven Santini – 22
Damon Severson – 23
Miles Wood – 22

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 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.

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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