New Jersey Devils (12-5-4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (11-8-3)
7PM ET/4PM PT• Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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- 10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
LAST GAME: NOV. 22 – NEW JERSEY 2 vs. BOSTON 3 (SO)
New Jersey lost its first of three meetings, 2-3 SO, against the Boston Bruins this season (Jan 23 at BOS./Feb. 3 at NJD). The game ended in dramatic fashion after Brian Gibbons, who leads New Jersey with ten goals, tied the game with just 4:44 remaining in regulation to send the clubs to overtime. After a franchise record, eleven-round shootout, Bruins’ defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, notched the game-deciding goal to end the night. It was the Devils’ first shootout loss at Prudential Center in 2017-18; 2-2 overall.
Despite the shootout loss, New Jersey is undefeated in regulation vs. Atlantic Division opponents (6-0-2 overall / 3-0-1 at home) and is 7-1-2 overall against the Eastern Conference. The club was 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play and denied all four of the Bruins’ man-advantage opportunities.
The Devils out-shot the Bruins, 42-29, which included 15 shots in both the first and second frames. New Jersey has a 2-1-3 record when out-shooting their opponent.
At 17:10 of the first period, Jesper Bratt scored New Jersey’s first goal of the evening on the power play. The Bruins requested a Coach’s Challenge to review if Brian Boyle interfered with Boston netminder, Anton Khudobin, before the goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred. Boyle was credited with the assist on the marker.
Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 20, before the game. He suffered the injury after blocking a shot during Monday’s game at Minnesota. Palmieri is expected to miss the next four to six weeks, while continuing off-ice workouts under the evaluation of medical staff.
Cory Schneider stopped 27 of 29 shots (plus 9 of 11 in the shootout) to fell to 8-4-3 this season.
TONIGHT’S GAME VS. VANCOUVER
Tonight the Devils face-off against the Canucks for the second and final time in the 2017-18 season. New Jersey won the first meeting, 2-0, on Nov. 1 at Rogers Arena and is 6-1-0 overall (3-0-0 at Prudential Center) against Vancouver since the 2014-15 season.
Cory Schneider posted his first shutout of 2017-18 after stopping all 37 Canucks’ shots on Nov. 1. He has posted a 5-1-2 record with a 1.73 GAA and .940 save% against his former team, as a Devil, since being traded to New Jersey at the 2013 NHL Draft. Keith Kinkaid has only faced Vancouver once in his career (Nov. 8, 2015; 4-3 OT, 28 saves; 1-0-0).
Taylor Hall had two assists (2PTS) in their first meeting, and leads the Devils in career-scoring vs. Vancouver with 31 points (9G-22A) in 32 games. Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winner while Drew Stafford sealed the game with a empty-net goal.
The Devils are 2-2-2 (1-1-1 home) against the Pacific Division and are 5-4-2 (2-2-1 home) vs. the Western Conference. Tonight is the first half of New Jersey’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back contests. New Jersey will play Detroit at Little Caesars Arena tomorrow night (7PM). The Devils are 3-1-0 in first games of back-to-backs (also, 3-1-0 in second).
- Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, 10 games missed) suffered on Nov. 1, is out.
- Mirco Mueller (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured collarbone, four games missed) suffered on Nov. 12 is out 10-12 weeks from time of the surgery, Nov. 16.
- Kyle Palmieri (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot) suffered on Nov. 20, expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 73
JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.
BOYLE – 6G for 100 in NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL.
LOVEJOY – 7GP for 100 w/ NJ.
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.
Nov. 22: Placed RW Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) on I.R., retro to Nov. 20.
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.
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.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER AT THE ROCK!
Throughout tonight’s game, he 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.
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.
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 21 games, the Devils have a total of 67 regulation/OT goals, which ranks eighth (tie, COL) in the NHL. In 2016-17, the club had scored just 53 regulation/OT goals after 20 GP.
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:
- 2017-18: 27.0
- 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