New Jersey Devils 2 at Washington Capitals 5
- Attendance: 18,506
- Three Stars: 1. John Carlson 2. C Djoos 3.
**See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**
The Devils were defeated, 2-5 L, against Washington in the first of New Jersey’s four-game, road trip. They will also face St. Louis (Jan. 2), Dallas (Jan. 4) and NY Islanders (Jan. 7), before returning home to face Philadelphia on Jan. 13.
It was New Jersey’s first regulation loss since, Dec. 8 vs. CBJ(3-5 L; 7 games) and the first reg. loss on the road since, Dec. 9 @ NYR, 2-5L. The Capitals overtook first place in the Metro, 51PTS. New Jersey (49PTS) are second in the Division.
New Jersey, 0-2-0, trails Washington (2-0-0) in their four-game, season-series. The Metropolitan Division foes will face-off for the third time on Jan. 18 at Prudential Center before their fourth and final game of the series Apr. 7 in Washington D.C.
In their first match-up, Oct. 13 at The Rock, the Caps were victorious, 5-2, handing NJD their first regulation loss of the season. They have been out-scored 10-4 thus far against the Caps.
Tonight’s game concluded NJD’s ninth of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. The club is 5-2-2 in first games and is 5-4-0 in second games of back-to-backs thus far.
The Devils were 0-2 tonight on the power play and were 1-2 on the penalty kill.
At the close of the 2017, they rank 10TH in the league with 21.0% PP but are 29th overall on the road, 11.5%. PK unit ranks 7TH overall with a 83.5% and is 16TH on the road, 80.3%.
From Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017:
This evening, Devils’ Exec. VP/General Manager Ray Shero, announced that New Jersey acquired goaltender Eddie Lack from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Dalton Prout. Lack was re-assigned from the Stockton Heat (AHL) to Binghamton (AHL).
Travis Zajac skated in the 800TH game of his NHL career, all with New Jersey. He scored New Jersey’s second goal of the game, third of season, at 9:00 of the 3rd period. He also had the primary assist, his first of 2017-18, on Moore’s goal, ending a 22 game assist drought.
- Zajac is New Jersey’s most-veteran player. He ended a 7-game, goal-drought (Dec. 12 vs. LAK).
- Needs 8G to tie Petr Sykora (166G) for 7TH in franchise history.
Trails Jay Pandolfo (819GP) for sixth-most, games-played (among skaters) in franchise history.
John Moore scored his sixth of the campaign at 17:35 of the first.
- Moore has two goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
- 3 of 6 goals were scored from Dec. 21-30 (5GP).
Marcus Johansson returned to face the Caps in Washington D.C. for the first time since being traded to New Jersey on July 2. He notched 2G and was greeted with applause from the fans with a small tribute to his Capitals career.
Sami Vatanen had an assist on Zajac’s goal. He has points in three-straight (1G-2A) from Dec. 27-30 after being held, point-less, in his first 9GP with NJD, Dec. 1-15.
- MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 21 games missed. Has resumed skating on own.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 111
Dec. 13: Placed F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) on I.R., retro to Dec. 9. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).
Dec. 14: Acquired F Michael Latta from Arizona for F Ryan Kujawinski.
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.
Dec. 28: Place D Dalton Prout on waivers.
Dec. 29: Dalton Prout cleared waivers and was assigned to Binghamton (AHL).
Dec. 30: Acquired G Eddie Lack from the Calgary for D Dalton Prout. Re-assigned Lack to Binghamton (AHL)
UPCOMING SCHEDULE *all times subject to change
Tomorrow, Dec. 31: OFF
Monday, Jan. 1: 11AM Practice at Prudential Center
Tuesday, Jan. 2: 12:30PM ET / 11:30AM CT Morning Skate at Scottrade Center
8PM ET / 7PM CT at St. Louis Blues (MSG+ 2, TOJN)
Wednesday, Jan. 3: TBA
Thursday, Jan. 4: 12:30PM ET / 11:30AM CT- Morning Skate at American Airlines Center
8:30PM ET (7:30PM CT) at Dallas Stars (MSG, TOJN)