Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/20/17

New Jersey Devils (11-5-3) at Minnesota Wild (9-8-2)

8PM ET• Excel Energy Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • TBA


    LAST GAME: NOV. 18 – NEW JERSEY 2 at Winnipeg 5

     

    The Devils lost to the Winnipeg Jets and are now 11-5-3 overall and 6-2-2 on the road. The club is 1-1-1 on their current four-game road trip and New Jersey gave up a season-high five goals against in the second period (previously 4 goals in the 1st per., Nov. 12 at CHI).

     

    New Jersey is 1-4-0 at Bell MTS Place since 2013-14 and are 16-10-4 all-time on the road vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise. The two clubs will close out their regular season series on March 8 at Prudential Center.  

     

    New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and took no penalties for the first time this season. The Devils out-shot the Jets, 36-34 and are now 2-1-2 in games where they out-shoot their opponent. 

     

    Brian Gibbons scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 6:52 of the first period, while Blake Coleman and Will Butcher had the assists. Butcher also scored the first goal of his career/as a Devil and leads all rookies in assists (tie, M. Barzal – NYI) with 14. Butcher recorded the fourth multi-point game of his career. 

     

    Nico Hischier had the primary assist on Butcher’s goal, his 12th of the season, and led the team with seven shots. Hischier’s seven shots on net was a career-high, and tied a season-high (seven other occurrences) for the Devils.  Taylor Hall had an assist and his team-leading 20th point to become the first Devils’ player to reach the 20 point-mark in 2017-18. 

     

    Cory Schneider stopped 17 of 22 shots and fell to 7-4-2. Schneider is now 3-5-1 in his career against the Jets.  Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider at the start of the third period, and stopped all 12 shots he faced. It was the second time this season Kinkaid relieved Schneider mid-game. 

     

    Damon Severson led New Jersey with 21:46 TOI, while Steven Santini had a game-high five hits.  Travis Zajac won 73% (11-4) of face-offs he took. 

     

     

    TONIGHT AT Minnesota 

     

    Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Devils and Wild. New Jersey was 2-0-0 against the Wild in 2016-17.

     

    The Devils are 2-2-0 vs. the Central Division and are 4-4-2 against the Western Conference. New Jersey is 4-1-0 in its last five games against Minnesota and are 5-4-1 all-time on the road vs. the Wild.  The Devils last loss against the Wild came on Mar. 10, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center.

     

    Adam Henrique has 8 points (4g-4a) in eight career games vs. Minnesota, while Taylor Hall has two points (1g-1a) in two career games against the Wild with the Devils. 

     

    Kyle Quincey, who appeared in 53 games for the Devils last season, is in his first campaign with the Wild. 

     

    INJURIES

    • Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, eight games missed) suffered on Nov. 1, is out.
    • Mirco Mueller (IR, fractured collarbone, two games missed) suffered on Nov. 12 is out 10-12 weeks from time of the surgery Nov. 16.

    Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 68

    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 (lower body) off I.R.; he was immediately assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R., retro to Nov. 12).

     

    Nov. 16: Activated C Travis Zajac off I.R.

     

    MILES AND MILESTONES

    On Nov. 12 at CHI., New Jersey stormed-back from a three-goal deficit to defeat th, 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 this seasons Devils All-Access: Rookie Diaries features rookie forward 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 6-2-2 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 19 games, the Devils have a total of 61 regulation/OT goals, which ranks eighth (tie, COL/CHI/OTT/LA)* in the NHL.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 46 regulation/OT goals after 19 GP.

    *As of Nov. 19 

     

    CHILD’S PLAY

    Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 14 assists (tie, M. Barzal – NYI) and is ranked fourth (tie, Nico Hischier – NJD and A. Kerfoot – COL)* in points. Eight of his 14 helpers have been on the power play, which ranks sixth (tie, six others)* 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.

     

    Nico Hischier is currently fourth (tie, M. Sergachev – TB)* among all NHL rookies with 14 points (3G-11A). 

     *As of Nov. 19 

     

    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 sixth goal, in just his 12th game of 2017-18, on Nov. 3 at EDM.  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, seven 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 11/16

    • 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

     

    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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