New Jersey Devils (22-11-7) at New York Islanders (20-18-4)
1 PM • Barclays Center • MSG • The One Jersey Network
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LAST GAME: DEC. 30 – NEW JERSEY 2 @ WASHINGTON 5
The Devils lost, 2-5, to the Capitals at Capital One Arena their final game of the 2017 calendar year. Saturday’s game also was was New Jersey’s first of a four-game, road trip, (Dec. 30-Jan. 5). They also play St. Louis (Jan. 2), Dallas (Jan. 4) and NY Islanders (Jan. 7).
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 He also had the primary assist, his first of 2017-18, on John Moore’s goal, ending a 22 game assist drought. Moore notched NJD’s first goal of the night scored his sixth of 2017-18
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, 2-5 L. The Capitals took control of first place in the Metropolitan Division, pushing the Devils back to second (49PTS) with the win. The loss was the second of their ninth of 16 sets of back-to-back games (Dec. 29 vs. BUF; 3-4 OT).
New Jersey, 0-2-0, trails Washington, 2-0-0, in their four-game, season-series. The Caps were victorious in their first meeting, Oct 13 at The Rock, 5-2, handing the club their first loss of the campaign. The Devils have been out-scored 10-4 thus far against the Caps.
From Jan. 1-Dec. 31, the Devils were 36-40-13 (19-18-9 home / 17-22-4 road)
Hours before the game, 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).
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 recorded assists on Zajac’s and 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 nine games with the club, Dec. 1-15.
TONIGHT vs. ST. LOUIS
New Jersey needs a win or OT/SO loss avoid being swept, 0-2-0, against the Blues for the fourth consecutive season (2014-17 6-0, 2014-17) New Jersey has not won at Scottrade Center since Dec. 30, 2008 (4-3 W) and are 0-5-0 in their last five games at St. Louis since the 2010-11 season.
On Nov. 7 at Prudential Center in their first match-up of the season, the Blues won, 3-1. Blake Coleman was the lone goal-scorer for NJD, while Brian Boyle and John Moore had the assists.
Tonight is the Devils second of a four-game, road-trip. The club lost it’s previous game, 2-5 at WSH and the club is win-less in its last two games, (Dec. 29-30) after winning a season-high, five-straight from Dec. 15-27. Their next game is on Thursday against the Dallas Stars before returning to the East Coast to take on the NY Islanders on Sunday, Jan. 7. New Jersey is 6-2-0 vs. the Central Division and is 11-5-2 against Western Conference overall.
Tonight’s match-up is the first Devils’ game of the 2018 Calendar Year. Through 38 games this season they are 22-10-6. They ranked second in the Metropolitan Division, third in the East and are tied for 7th in the NHL with St. Louis Blues.
MILESTONESZAJAC – Played in 800TH GP NHL/NJD, Dec. 30 @ WSH
JOHANSSON – 300TH PT NHL, Dec. 30 @ WSHLOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJD
JOHANSSON – 7A for 200TH NHL
VATANEN – 4 assists for 100 NHL / 6GP for 300 NHL
WOOD – 2GP for 100 NHL/Devils
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 Calgary for D Dalton Prout. Re-assigned G Eddie Lack to Binghamton (AHL).
Episode 4 of New Jersey’s miniseries, 82 Game Odyssey,will be available to watch this week on newjerseydevils.com. This episode focuses on how the club has responded to challenges with a single team-oriented mindset. Despite the club’s , and maintained their early season success, when much many pundits predicted a losing season.previous epi
Links to view Episode 4 and episdoes can be found at newjerseydevils.com and all Devils’ social media sites.
Brian Boyle, Taylor Hall & Stefan Noesen were New Jersey’s point-leaders in this month December.
Brian Boyle leads all Devils’ players with 11PTS since Dec. 1st, which ranks seventh (tie; E. Kuznetsov – WSH) among all centers in the Metropolitan Division. On Dec. 21 vs. NYR, he scored his ninth (4TH PP) of the season, to force OT, before scoring the game-deciding goal in the ensuing shootout.
He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, Dec. 15-23, (4G-4A-8PTS).
*Also; Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2011, 2G-2A-4PTS.
He matched his career-high of 3PTS in a game, on Dec. 15 vs DAL (2G-1A) and again in the following match, Dec. 18 vs. ANA (3A).
*Also; Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2, 1G-2A.
Boyle is currently scoring at .58 P/GP which is the highest-percentage of his career, excluding the 2007-08 season where Boyle had 5PTS in 8GP for the LA Kings.
WORLD LEADERS ARE DEVILS
Joey Anderson, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 73rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, is the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team’s captain.
D Yegor Zaitsev, New Jersey’s 10th selection (seventh-round), 205th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, will serve as team captain for Russia. Additionally, F Mikhail Maltsev, NJD’s fifth selection (fourth-round), 102nd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft will serve Russia as an alternate captain.
DEVILS WORLD TOUR
New Jersey has seven prospects at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Devils have more prospects than any other NHL team. All seven skaters are from the 2016 & 2017 NHL Drafts.
- CANADA – F Michael McLeod – (1st round, 12th overall, 2016)
- UNITED STATES – F Joey Anderson (3rd round, 73rd overall, 2016)
- 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)
DEVILS IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT
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 New Jersey medical centers. It is a tradition the club has kept for 35 years since their 1982-83 inaugural season.
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, 22:12, through 14 games with New Jersey
NO SWEATThe Devils are 11-1-6 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 16-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 35-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
New Jersey’s 23 road-points, 10-4-3, ranks 5TH (tie, TB) in the NHL. They have played at least two fewer games than all teams with more road-points.
In 2016-17, NJD was 12-23-6=30PTS on overall on the road. New Jersey is just 7PTS from matching that, despite playing only 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 campaign with the Devils, he is 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 12th goal, third shorthanded 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 2nd (tie, 11 others) in the NHL.
NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL)
- USA – 15*
- Canada – 3^
- Switzerland – 1
- Sweden – 2
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only