New Jersey Devils (20-9-5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (17-12-5)
7PM ET / 6PM CT • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack
Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
– New Jersey will not have a full team morning skate on Saturday. A select group of players will skate at 10:30am at Prudential Center. Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils Locker Room at 10:30am.
Per Blackhawks PR, Chicago will have a morning skate at 11:3o at Prudential Center.
If you are unable to attend or are not traveling to the game, quotes and pre-game media scrums on @NJDevils twitter.
LAST GAME: DEC. 21 – NEW JERSEY 4 vs. NEW YORK RANGERS 3 (SO)
The Devils defeated the Rangers, 4-3 SO, after a four-round shootout to take a 2-1-0 season-series lead. It was New Jersey’s fifth shootout of 2017-18; 3W-2L.
The win moved New Jersey into first place, 45PTS, in the Metropolitan Division (2nd, East. Conf.). The Washington Capitals also have 45PTS but have played one more game, 35GP, than the Devils (34GP). The club is 3PTS ahead of New York.
New Jersey set two new, season-highs with 48 shots with 23 shots in the second.
Brian Boyle tied the game with his ninth goal during the 3rd period and followed-up with New Jersey’s game-deciding-goal for the win. He is on a season-high, three game, scoring streak, Dec. 15-21 (3G-4A-7PTS).
Defenseman John Moore, in his 400TH career NHL game, opened the scoring with his fourth of the season.
Taylor Hall had an assist, his first point in his second game since returning from missing two games, Dec. 14-15, with a knee contusion in his right knee.
Kyle Palmieri notched 2A for his fourth multi-point game this season. He was the game’s third star.
Blake Coleman scored the first SHG of his career and is currently on a three-game, point-streak (1G-2A). He was the game’s second star.
Nico Hischier had 1A, 16th of season. At 21PTS, he is tied for 10th in rookie scoring (W. Butcher, A. Kerfoot) among all NHL rookies.
Steven Santini had an assist on Coleman’s SHG. It was the first shorthanded point of the defenseman’s career.
Cory Schneider stopped 25 of 28 shots and stopped three of four shootout attempts. It was his fifth consecutive start (Dec. 12-21), which matches his season-high.
Schneider is 4-0-1 in his past five games and has a .918SV%.
TONIGHT’S GAME vs. CHICAGO
Tonight is the second and final game between New Jersey and Chicago this season.
In the first match, Nov. 12 at United Center, 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.
Currently New Jersey has won a team season-high, four consecutive games at Prudential Center (Dec. 12-21) and are undefeated in regulation in their past five matches (4-0-1).
New Jersey is 10-5-2 on home ice/Chicago is 10-5-2 on the road.
The Devils are 5-2-0 vs. Central Division opponents. Chicago is 4-6-2 vs. the Metro.
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The Devils are 20-9-5 overall. In 2016-17, the Devils did not reach 20 wins until game 48 (Jan. 21, NJD 4 at PHI 1).
Tonight is the fourth of New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand, spanning 14 days from Dec. 15-29: Thus far they are 3-0-0 and have out-scored the competition, *13-8.
*excludes OT/SO goals.
Fri., Dec. 15: NJD 5 vs. DAL 2
Mon., Dec. 18 NJD 5 vs. ANA 3
Thurs., Dec. 21 NJD 4 vs. NYR 3 SO.
Sat., Dec. 23: NJD vs. CHI
Wed., Dec. 27: NJD vs. DET
Fri., Dec. 29: NJD vs. BUF
MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 17 games missed.
BRATT – right foot, day-to-day, 1 game missed, is questionable for tonight.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 107
MOORE – 400TH NHL Game, Dec. 21 vs. NYR
GIBBONS – 400TH NHL Game, Dec. 21 vs. NYR
LOVEJOY – Could play in 100TH game w/ Devils.
JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 9A for 200
ZACHA – 2GP for 100 NHL/NJ
COACH HYNES – 2GC for 200 in NHL/Devils.
ASST. COACH WARD – 2GC for 200 w/ Devils
ASST. COACH NASREDDINE – 2GC for 200 in NHL/Devils
ZAJAC – 4GP for 800 NHL/Devils
VATANEN – 6 assists for 100 NHL
WOOD – 6GP for 100NHL/Devils
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.
Nov. 30: Acquired D Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Dec. 1: Activated F Marcus Johansson (concussion) off I.R.
Dec. 13: Placed F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) on I.R., retro to Dec. 9. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).
Dec. 16: Assigned F Nick Lappin to Binghamton (AHL).
Dec. 18: Activated F Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) off I.R.
Dec. 21: Activated F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) off I.R.
Brian Boyle, Stefan Noesen and Jesper Bratt are NJD’s top-three scorers since Dec. 1.
PLAYER GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG
BOYLE 10 6 4 10 3 12 3 0
NOESEN 10 4 4 8 4 0 0 0
BRATT 9 3 5 8 -2 2 0 0
COLEMAN 10 3 3 6 0 6 0 1
HALL 8 3 3 6 -2 8 1 0
WOOD 10 3 2 5 -1 12 1 0
GIBBONS 10 1 4 5 1 2 0 1
Brian Boyle leads all Devils’ players with 10PTS since Dec. 1st, which ranks 4TH among all centers in the Metro Division. On Dec. 21 vs. NYR, he scored his 9TH (4TH PP) of the season, to force OT. He then scored the GDG against his former team.
He has 7PTS (3G-4A) in the team’s past three games, Dec. 15-21; plus one game-deciding-goal, Dec. 21 vs. NYR.
He matched his career-high, in two consecutive games scoring, 3PTS on Dec. 15 vs DAL (2G-1A) and on Dec. 18 vs. ANA (3A). His 3A vs. the Ducks (also, Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2, 1G-2A). Since Nov. 22 vs. BOS., he has 8G-5A-13PTS, which leads all NJD players.
Boyle is currently scoring at .63 PTS/GP (9G-6A-15PTS, in 24 GP), which is the highest of his career, excluding the 2007-08 season where Boyle had 5PTS in 8GP for the LA Kings.
USA Hockey announced that Joey Anderson, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 73rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, will serve as team captain for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. Anderson posted two assists in 7 GP on last year’s squad that defeated Canada, in a shootout, for the Gold Medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships.
Reilly Walsh, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 81st overall, in the 2017 Draft, remains on Team USA’s preliminary World Junior roster.
BRACKEN NAMED AHL ALL-STAR CAPTAIN
Binghamton Devils forward, Bracken Kearns, was selected as a playing captain for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic that will take place January 28-29 in Utica, NY.
Kearns leads Binghamton with 15 assists and ranks second on the club with 20 points in 27 games this season. He has totaled 167 goals and 248 assists for 415 points in 692 career regular-season games in the American Hockey League.
This is Kearns’ second career AHL All-Star appearance.
DEVILS IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT
New Jersey Devils players and alumni, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, participated in their Annual Community Day on Wed., Dec. 20, spreading holiday and Christmas cheer by visiting patients and caregivers at 11 area medical centers. It is a tradition the club has kept since their 1982-83 inaugural season.
Visit newjerseydevils.com and @NJDevils social media sites for pictures and video.
DEVILS WORLD TOUR
New Jersey will likely be well-represented at the 2018 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship begins in Buffalo, NY. The Devils have eight prospects from the 2016 & 2017 NHL Drafts and from five different countries that have made their respective nation’s preliminary roster.
CANADA – F Michael McLeod – (1st round, 12th overall, 2016)
UNITED STATES – F Joey Anderson (3rd round, 73rd overall, 2016), D Reilly Walsh (3rd round ‘4th selection’, 81st overall, 2017)
SLOVAKIA – F Marian Studenic (5th round, ‘7th selection’, 143rd overall, 2017)
SWEDEN – F Jesper Boqvist (2nd round, 36th overall, 2017), F Fabian Zetterlund (3rd round, 63rd overall, 2017)
RUSSIA – F Mikhail Maltsev (4th round, ‘5th selection’ 2016), D Yegor Zaitsev (7th round, ’10th selection’ 2017)
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SAMI
New Jersey acquired defenseman , Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round selection in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30, 2014. He leads the club with in average ice-time, 22:16, through his first 10 games with New Jersey. He notched his first point with NJD vs. his former team, Dec. 18 with an assist.
The Devils are 10-1-3 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 14-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 33-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
New Jersey’s 23 road-points, 10-4-3, ranks second overall (tie, TB) in the NHL. They were the final of all 31 clubs 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 2017-18 was the club’s best road-start since 2009-10, when club started 9-0-0 on the road.
In 2016-17, NJD was 12-23-6=30PTS, New Jersey is just 6PTS from matching that, despite playing 17 games away from Prudential Center.
John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and six OT tallies since joining NJD in 2015-16. His six-career, sudden-death tallies lead all NHL defensemen since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second among all active players, behind LA’s Jeff Carter (7). In just his third season with the Devils, he ranks second in franchise history in OT goals by a defenseman (6, 2015-17) behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).
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 with 18PTS this season after scoring his team-leading 12th goal, his third shorthanded goal in 2016-17, on Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles in just his 30th game of 2017-18.
Gibbons notched a SHG on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI. His three SHGs this season ranks second in the NHL (tie, E. Kane – BUF).
NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL)
USA – 15*
Canada – 4^
Switzerland – 1
Sweden – 2
Czech Republic – 1
Finland – 1
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