Devils Pre-Game Notes: 11/27/17

New Jersey Devils (14-5-4) vs. Florida Panthers (8-12-2)

7PM ET • Prudential 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 Morning Skate at Prudential Center

 

LAST GAME: NOV. 25 – NEW JERSEY 4 AT DETROIT 3 (OT)

The Devils defeated the Detroit Red Wings in their first game at Little Caesars Arena and improved to 14-5-4 overall, 3-2 in overtime and 8-2-2 on the road. New Jersey has earned 18 points on the road, which is currently the most in the NHL. The club is is 3-4-0 since 2013-14 and 14-20-2 all-time on the road against Detroit.

 

With the win, the Devils closed out their 5th of 16 back-to-back contests and are 4-1-0 in first games and 4-1-0 in second games of back-to-back sets. It was the third time this season the club has swept back-to-back games.

 

New Jersey surrendered their fastest goal to start a game this season, when Detroit’s David Booth scored 0:34 into the first period (previously, 0:41, A. Anisimov, Nov. 12 at CHI).

 

New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play and is ranked 7th in the NHL with a 23.6 PP% (17 of 72). The Devils were out-shot by the Red Wings, 34-32, and are 11-4-1 when out-shot by opponents.

 

Brian Gibbons scored his team-leading 11th goal 2:31 into overtime. It was Gibbons’ third game-winning goal this season/of his career and his first in overtime. 

 

Taylor Hall had two points (1G-1A) and recorded his seventh multi-point game this season. Hall has five points (2G-3A) over his last two games.

 

Brian Boyle and Nico Hischier notched the other two goals for the Devils. Boyle has a season long three-game point streak (2G-1A), while Hischier has two points (1G-1A) over his last two games.

 

Will Butcher had the primary assist on Hall’s power play goal. Ten of Butcher’s 16 assists have come on the man-advantage, which ranks fifth (tie, S. Gostisbehere – PHI) in the NHL.

 

Adam Henrique, Steven Santini and Miles Wood also had assists on the night. Santini matched his career-high from last season, after registering his fifth assist.

 

Keith Kinkaid made his sixth start of the season and stopped 31 of 34 shots. Kinkaid improved to 5-1-1 and 4-0-1 on the road, while picking up the first win of his career against Detroit (1-0-0).

 

TONIGHT’S GAME VS. FLORIDA

The Devils defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1, Nov. 11 at Prudential Center to end their season-long, four-game, win-less streak. New Jersey is 1-0-0 against Florida in 2017-18 and the two clubs will square-off for the final time during the regular season Mar. 1 at FLA. The Devils are 7-2-0 on home-ice vs. the Panthers since 2012-13. 

 

New Jersey is 7-0-2 (4-0-1 road) against the Atlantic Division and is 8-1-2 (5-0-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

 

Kyle Palmieri capitalized on the Devils only five-on-three opportunity of the season, for the game-winning goal. Rookie defenseman Will Butcher had the primary assist.

 

Damon Severson scored his second goal of the season, while Nico Hischier and Jimmy Hayes added assists. 

 

Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 33 shots (.970 save%) to earn his seventh victory of the season.

 

INJURIES

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

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 79

MILESTONES

JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.

BOYLE – 4G for 100 in NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL.

LOVEJOY – 5GP 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 HFC 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 8-2-2 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.   

 

New Jersey has earned the most points in the NHL, 18, while on the road. 

 

JOHNNY ROCKET

John Moore has two OT goals for NJ 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 NJ, which is the most by any NHL defenseman since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He is second on the NHL 3-on-3 active list behind Jeff Carter (7). 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 23 games, the Devils have a total of 74 regulation/OT goals, which ranks sixth (tie, NYR)* in the NHL.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 58 regulation/OT goals after 23 GP.

* – As of Nov. 26th  

 

CHILD’S PLAY

Defenseman Will Butcher ranks second among NHL rookies with 16 assists and is fourth in points (18). Ten of his 16 helpers have been on the power play, which ranks fifth (tie, S. Gostisbehere – PHI) 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 regulation the next evening vs. Arizona. Bratt currently ranks seventh among NHL rookies in goals with six (tie, five others) and is ninth in points (14). 

 

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 11th goal, Nov. 25 at DET. 

 

Gibbons also scored a shorthanded goal, on a penalty shot, on Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  He ranks second in the NHL (tie, ten 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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