Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/25/17

New Jersey Devils (13-5-4) at Detroit Red Wings (10-9-4)

7PM ET• Little Caesars Arena • MSG+2 • 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. 22 – NEW JERSEY 3 VS. VANCOUVER 2

New Jersey swept their season series with Vancouver (2-0-0) and improved to 13-5-4 overall and 6-3-2 at home. With the win, the Devils are now 7-1-0 (4-0-0 at Prudential Center) against the Canucks since the 2014-15 season.

 

The Devils opened the first half of their 5th of 16 back-to-back contests and are now 4-1-0 in first games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 3-2-2 (2-1-1 at home) against the Pacific Division and are 6-4-2 (3-2-1 at home) vs. the Western Conference.

 

New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play and 2-3 while shorthanded. The club is 4-16 (25.0%) in their last six games on the man-advantage.  The Devils out-shot the Canucks, 26-25. New Jersey is 3-1-3 when they out-shoot their opponent.  

 

Brian Boyle scored his second goal of the season on the power play at 10:17 of the second period and has two power play points (1G-1A) over his last two games. Boyle took the ceremonial face-off as part of the Devils Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The puck was dropped by Boyle’s wife Lauren, his two children and a youth patient from the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

 

Taylor Hall led the Devils with three points (1G-2A) and recorded his sixth multi-point game of the season. Damon Severson had the game-winning goal, his third of the season and the second game-winning goal of his career and currently has a two-game point streak (1G-1A). Will Butcher and Nico Hischier each had an assist in the Devils victory.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 23 of 25 shots (.920 save%) to improve to 9-4-3 this season and 6-1-2 in his career against his former team. 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME AT DETROIT

The Devils will close out their 5th of 16 back-to-back sets (3-1-0 in second games of back-to-backs) when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for the first time in team history. New Jersey was 1-1-1 (1-1-0 road) against Detroit in 2016-17 and 13-20-2 at Joe Louis Arena dating back to the 1982-83 season. The Devils played the final game at Joe Louis Arena on April 9 and fell to the Red Wings 4-1. John Moore had New Jersey’s lone goal in the defeat and had three points (2G-1A) in three games vs. the Red Wings last season. 

 

New Jersey is 6-0-2 (3-0-1 road) against the Atlantic Division and 7-1-2 (4-0-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference Opponents. 

 

Cory Schneider started all three games against the Red Wings last season, posting 3.97 GAA and .878 save%. Keith Kinkaid’s only appearance against Detroit came on Nov. 7, 2014 in relief of Schneider, where he stopped all seven shots he faced in just under 17 minutes of action. 

 

Drew Stafford leads the Devils in career points against the Red Wings with 13 (4G-9A) in 18 GP. 

 

INJURIES

  • Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, 11 games missed) suffered on Nov. 1, is out. Began rehab skating, Nov. 24.
  • Mirco Mueller (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured collarbone, five 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, two games missed) suffered on Nov. 20, expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 76

MILESTONES

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.

BOYLE – 5G for 100 in NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL.

LOVEJOY – 6GP for 100 w/ NJ.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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 (lower body)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. 

 

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!

The Devils hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Night Nov. 24 against the Vancouver Canucks. 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.

Brian Boyle had one goal in the Devils 3-2 win and took the ceremonial face-off as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The puck was dropped by Boyle’s wife Lauren, his two children and Jenifer Guaman a youth patient from the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid/Myelogenous Leukemia at the beginning of training camp.

  

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 22 games, the Devils have a total of 70 regulation/OT goals, which ranks eighth (tie, COL) in the NHL.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 55 regulation/OT goals after 22 GP.

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher ranks second among NHL rookies with 15 assists and is fourth in points (17). Nine of his 15 helpers have been on the power play, which ranks sixth (tie, four 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 third among NHL rookies with 13 assists and is fifth in points (17). 

 

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. He recorded his team-leading 10th goal, Nov. 22 vs. BOS. 

 

Gibbons also scored a shorthanded goal, on a penalty shot, on Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  He ranks second in the NHL (tie, eight 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 I.R.
Steven Santini – 22
Damon Severson – 23
Miles Wood – 22

New Jersey Roster Age by Year: updated 11/24

  • 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 most NHL)

  • USA – 14*
  • Canada – 5
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
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