New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1
- Attendance: 16,514 sold out (fourth consecutive sellout)
- Three Stars: 1. Nico Hischier 2. Taylor Hall 3. Steven Santini
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New Jersey won its season-high, fifth-consecutive game (Dec. 15-27) after defeating Detroit, 3-1, in their second of three match-ups this season (also; Nov. 25, 4-3 Wo at DET). The Devils lead the season-series, 2-0-0, and will face the Red Wings for the final time in the 2017-18 regular season on Jan. 22 at Prudential Center.
The Devils now have a season-high, six-straight victories on home-ice from Dec. 12-27 and are unbeaten in regulation in the past seven games overall, (6-0-1, Dec. 12-27). NJD has out-scored their opponents, 27-13, since Dec. 12 vs. LAK.
New Jersey is 12-5-2 (26PTS) at Prudential Center. Their current six-game, winning-streak on home-ice, comes after the club went 2-3-2 in their seven prior matches at The Rock from Nov. 7-Dec. 8.
The Devils are 5-2-1 overall (2-1-1 home) vs. Detroit since the 2015-16 season.
New Jersey is 8-1-3 (4-1-1 home) against Atlantic Division opponents and is 11-4-3 (5-3-1 home) vs. the Eastern Conference in 2017-18.
Tonight was the fifth of New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand, spanning 14 days from Dec. 15-29: NJD is 5-0-0 and has outscored the opposition, *20-10.
The Devils and Red Wings each had 32 shots on net. The Devils were perfect on the PK (5-5) and are 23-24 (95.8%) over the past eight games, Dec. 9-27. The club was 0-2 on the PP. It was the first time in the past four games, that NJD has failed to score with the man-advantage.
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 4 vs. CHI 1
Wed., Dec. 27: NJD 3 vs. DET 1
Fri., Dec. 29: NJD vs. BUF
Head Coach John Hynes coached the 200TH Game of his NHL career/with NJD. He is 88-85-27 since being the 17TH Head Coach in team history.
- He ranks fourth behind Peter DeBoer (248 GC) in team history.
- Assistant Coach Geoff Ward (200th w/ NJD) and Alain Nasreddine (200TH NHL/NJD) also shared the milestone.
Nico Hischier notched the game’s first two goals, to put the club ahead, 2-0, after 20 minutes of play. It was his first multi-goal game since Oct. 19 at OTT (24 games). He also ended an 11-game, goal-drought.
Taylor Hall, the game’s Second Star, notched assists on both of Hischier’s goals. He has five points (1G-4A) in the past three games and leads the club with 24 helpers (36PTS).
- 1.06 points-per-game (current). Ranks 4th among all NHL LWs.
- 4A last two games.
Sami Vatanen notched the empty-net goal to seal the deal for New Jersey at 19:37 of the third. It was the first goal of his Devils’ career, which ended a 21-game, goal-drought.
Steven Santini had 1A tonight and has 3PTS (1G-2A) over his last five games, Dec. 15-27. He led New Jersey with five hits tonight and leads the club with 98. The second-year-pro was named the game’s Third Star.
- Has already surpassed 2016-17 total (2G-5A-7PTS, 38GP).
- 2G-8A-10PTS, 30GP
Cory Schneider started in his season-high, seventh-consecutive game this season, Dec. 12-27. He is 6-0-1 (.937 SV%) during that span. He is 17-6-4 overall and is 5-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season.
- Schneider vs. Atlantic in 2017-18: 2.32 GAA, .930 SV%.
- Schneider in December: 10-8-1: 1.98 GAA, .933 SV%
- Needs just one win to match his career-high, win-streak (Dec. 29, 2011 – Feb. 24, 2012, 7-0-0).
Jesper Bratt recorded 1A and leads all Devils rookies with 24PTS.
Blake Coleman had the lone assist on Vatanen’s first Devils’ goal. He has seven points (3G-4A) over the last 9GP (Dec. 8 at CBJ).
Jimmy Hayes, Ben Lovejoy, Dalton Prout and Drew Stafford were healthy scratches.
Pavel Zacha skated in the 100TH game of his NHL career.
MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 19 games missed.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 109
Head Coach John Hynes led New Jersey’s bench for the 200TH NHL Game/with New Jersey. At 200 games-coached, he ranks ….. in franchise history, behind XXXXX.
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- Additionally Assistant Coaches Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine, both hired before the start of Hynes’ first season, coached in their 200TH game with New Jersey.
- It was also Nasreddine’s 200TH game NHL Game behind the bench.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE *all times subject to change
Tomorrow: Noon Practice at Prudential Center
Friday: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Buffalo Sabres (MSG+, TOJN)
Saturday: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Capital One Arena
7PM at Washington Capitals (MSG+, TOJN)