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

*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)

  • 10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NOV. 20 – NEW JERSEY 4 at MINNESOTA 3 OT

The Devils concluded their four-game, road-trip, 2-1-1, with a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota. New Jersey is 7-2-2 on the road this season (5-3-1 home). They have won their last five games vs. the Wild and are 6-4-1 on the road at Xcel Energy Center since the Wild’s inaugural season in 2000-01.  The Devils most-recent defeat was on Mar. 10, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center.  With the win, New Jersey is 3-2-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Central Division and is 5-4-2 overall against the Western Conference.

 

The Devils were out-shot by the Wild, 36-25, and had just three shots on net in the first period to tie their season-low (Oct. 14 at NYR, 1st). New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and 2-4 while shorthanded. The club is 2-10 (20%) over their last four games with the man-advantage.

 

John Moore scored the game-winning-goal 52 seconds into overtime and has both of the Devils’ overtime goals this season. Moore’s six OT tallies are the most by any NHL defenseman since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in 2015-16.

 

Adam Henrique had one goal and two assists for his first three-point night and second multi-point game of the season. Henrique now has 11 points (5g-6a) in nine career games against the Wild.

 

Will Butcher registered the second goal of his career and has three points (2G-1A) in his past two games, while Taylor Hall notched his team-leading 15th assist and his second point in as many games.

 

Steven Santini scored his first goal of the season and his first in 45 games (Jan. 20 vs. MTL). Santini also led the Devils with four blocked shots and three hits.

 

Brian Gibbons had the primary assist on Henrique’s goal and has two points (1G-1A) over his last two games played.  Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy also chipped in with assists.

 

Cory Schneider made his 15th start of the season and stopped 33 of 36 shots (.917 save%) to improved to 8-4-2.

 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME VS. BOSTON

Tonight is the first of three regular-season contests between the Devils and Bruins (also: Jan. 23 at BOS./Feb. 11 at NJD).  New Jersey was 1-2-0 against Boston in 2016-17.  Their one win vs. Boston last season was also the only contest of the three that was played at Prudential Center, Jan. 2, 2017 (3-0 W). In the Devils lone victory, Cory Schneider turned away all 22 Bruins’ shots for the shutout.  The Marblehead, MA native is 2-5-2 in his career vs. the B’s with a 2.44 GAA and a .928 save%.

 

The Devils are 3-2-1 at Prudential Center and are 4-6-2 overall against the Bruins since 2013-14.

 

The club remains undefeated, 6-0-1 (3-0-0 at Home), against the Atlantic Division and are 7-1-1 against Eastern Conference opponents.

 

Travis Zajac leads the Devils with 14 points (7G-7A) in 34 career games against the Bruins. Additionally, Taylor Hall has three points (1G-2A) in three games against the Bruins as a Devil.

 

Dorchester native, Jimmy Hayes spent two seasons (2015-17) with his hometown Bruins, and had 34 points (15g-19a) and 89 PIM in 133 GP.

 

 

INJURIES

  • Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, nine games missed) suffered on Nov. 1, is out.
  • Mirco Mueller (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured collarbone, three games missed) suffered on Nov. 12 is out 10-12 weeks from time of the surgery Nov. 16.
  • Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) suffered on Nov. 20 is out, 4-6 weeks but will work-out, off-ice and evaluated by medical staff during that time.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 70

MILESTONES

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.

BOYLE – 6G for 100 in NHL / 10PIM for 500 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., retro to Oct. 22. 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) and assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R., retro to Nov. 12.

 

Nov. 16: Activated C Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral) off I.R.

 

MILES AND MILESTONES

On Nov. 12 at CHI., New Jersey stormed-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 scored the first hat-trick (2PP/1EV) of his NHL career and added one 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 season’s Devils All-Access: Rookie Diaries features Nico Hischier. The 2017 NHL Draft’s first overall selection discusses his first few weeks in the NHL adjusting to life in the NHL. 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 AT THE ROCK!

On Nov. 24 vs. Vancouver, the Devils will host their Hockey Fights Cancer Night. During Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month, all 31 NHL 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 skated for NJD for three-plus seasons (1996-99) and scored 64G-86A-150PTSin 224GP.  Andreychuk 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 7-2-2 away from Prudential Center to start the season, and were the final of all 31 teams to remain undefeated on the road in any fashion OT or SO, 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 has scored both goals in New Jersey’s two OT wins this season.  He notched the first game-winner on Oct. 19 at OTT and scored again, Nov. 12 at MIN. He currently has six 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 (6, 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 20 games, the Devils have a total of 65 regulation/OT goals, which ranks eighth (tie, COL) in the NHL.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 50 regulation/OT goals after 20 GP.

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher ranks second among NHL rookies with 14 assists and is fourth in points (16). Eight of his 14 helpers have been on the power play, which ranks sixth (tie, six others) in the league.

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 fifth (tie, A. Kerfoot – COL) among all NHL rookies with 15 points (3G-12A).

 

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 11/21

  • 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
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