New Jersey Devils 2 at Colorado Avalanche 1
- Attendance: 14,614
- Three Stars: 1. JESPER BRATT 2. J.T. Compher 3. Brian Boyle
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- The Devils defeated Colorado, 2-1, at Pepsi Center to open their three-game, road-trip. The club will face-off against the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow evening (8PM ET/6PM MT), then conclude the trip on Tuesday at Columbus.
- New Jersey swept the Avalanche, 2-0-0, in their 2017-18 season-series. It was the first time since 2001-02 (2-0-0) that New Jersey swept the Avalanche in a multi-game, season-series.
- The Devils out-scored Colorado, 6-2, in 2017-18. They also defeated the Avs, 4-1, on Oct. 7, in their season-opener at Prudential Center.
- After tonight’s victory, the club is 4-2-0 (3-1-0 road) against the Central Division and is 7-4-2 (4-2-1 road) against Western Conference opponents.
- The Devils were 1-6 (16.7%) on the power play and were 4-5 (80.0%) on the penalty kill. Colorado out-shot New Jersey, 23-21. However, the Devils are 12-5-1 when out-shot by their opponent.
- The Devils are 10-1-4 in games decided by one goal.
- The Devils will finish their sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back contests this season, tomorrow at Arizona. After tonight’s game, New Jersey is 5-1-0 in first games of back-to-backs. They will look to match that record, as they are 4-1-0 in second-games of back-to-back contests.
- New Jersey possesses the best road-record, 9-2-2, in the NHL; 20 of their 34 total points this season (58.8%) are from road games. Their 48 goals on-the-road, is the second-most in the league (TOR, 54).
- Tonight’s victory moves the Devils into second-place in the Metropolitan Division. They trail Columbus by 1PT for first and trail Tampa Bay (36PTS) for the Eastern Conference lead. The Devils, 34PTS, have the seventh-best record in the NHL.
- New Jersey is 6-2-2 over their last 10 games and is also 6-2-2 over their last ten games away from Prudential Center.
- Sami Vantanen made his Devils’ debut tonight and led the club with 23:13 of action.
- Jesper Bratt scored New Jersey’s first goal at 13:58 of the first to put NJD ahead, 1-0. He later added one assist on Brian Boyle’s game-winner on the power play at 6:11 of the final frame. It was Bratt’s fourth multi-point game of the season. The 19-year-old has 8G-9A-17PTS, which ranks fourth overall on the club. He ranks first overall among NHL rookies (tie; four others) with three PPGs. Bratt’s goal was unassisted.
- Brian Boyle scored New Jersey’s second goal of the night (PP) to secure the win. He has four points (3G-1a) over the last five games.
- Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 23 shots (.957 save%) to improve to 10-5-3 in 2017-18. He is one win shy of 100 in his Devils’ career.
- Devils’ scoring leader, Taylor Hall, had the primary assist on Boyle’s game-winner. He has six points (2G-4A) over his last four games. He led the club with five shots and was 3-for-3 in faceoffs.
- Marcus Johansson was activated off injured reserve this afternoon and played in his first game since suffering a concussion on Nov. 1 at VAN. He skated in 16:09 and had two penalty minutes.
- John Moore led the Devils with four hits, while Andy Greene paced NJD with four blocked shots.