New Jersey Devils 2 at St. Louis Blues 3 (SO)
- Attendance: 18,324
- Three Stars: 1. Carter Hutton 2. Vladimir Tarasenko 3. Nico Hischier
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The New Jersey Devils fell, 2-3 SO, but gained one point the second of two games against the St. Louis Blues to finished their season series, 0-1-1. It was the second game of the club’s four-game, road-trip. On Thursday, they face-off against the Dallas Stars before returning to the east coast, to play the NY Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday.
New Jersey is now win-less in its past three, 0-1-2, from Dec. 29-Jan. 2, but have gained two of a possible six points despite the non-victories.
The shootout loss tonight prevented New Jersey from a clean season-series sweep. New Jersey is 0-7–1 vs. St. Louis over the past four seasons 2014-15 to 2017-18. The club has not won a game at Scottrade Center since Dec. 30 2008 (4-3 W).
The Devils are now 3-3 in the shootout this season and are 6-2-1 against Central Division opponents. The club is 11-5-3 against the Western Conference overall.
New Jersey was 1-2 on the power play this evening and was flawless on the penalty-kill, 4-4.
In a tight Metropolitan Divison playoff race, the Devils are 22-10-7 (51PTS) overall which is good for second behind Washington (25-13-3=53PTS)
New Jersey was out-shot, 26-29.
Nico Hischier tied the game, 1-1, with his eighth goal of the season at 12:36 of the second period. Sami Vatanen and Jesper Bratt notched the assists.
- Vatatnen now has points (1G-3A) in four-straight games, Dec. 27-Jan 2. He led NJD with four PIM.
- Bratt and Hischier each haw 25PTS on the season which is the second-most on the team.
Taylor Hall scored the Devils’ second goal, his 13TH, which would eventually force overtime. Kyle Palmieri and Will Butcher notched the assists.
- With 13 goals this season, Hall now leads the club in goals, assists (24) and points (37).
- Butcher is third on the club in points, 2G-22A-24PTS and leads all Devils’ blueliners.
Hall and Palmieri both were unsuccessful in their shootout attempts vs. the Blues’ Carter Hutton. The Blues scored on both of their tries.
Keith Kinkaid made the start in goal for New Jersey and fell to 9-5-3 overall on the season. It was his first start since Dec. 9 at NYR. He stopped 27 of 29 shots (plus 0-2 shootout) and is win-less in his last three starts, 0-2-1. (last win, Nov. 25 at DET).
Ben Lovejoy played in the 100TH game of his Devils career this evening. In his third season with New Jersey, he has 2G-9A-11PTS and 49 PIM with the club.
At 6:14 of the third period in the Devils/Blues game, St. Louis requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether New Jersey was off-side prior to Jesper Bratt’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Toronto Video Room, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal New Jersey Devils.
The clock is re-set to show 14:01 (5:59 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.