Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 13 vs. PHI

New Jersey Devils (22-11-8) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (19-15-8)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.

*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
– 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: JAN. 7  – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4 @ NY ISLANDERS 5 (SO)

New Jersey fell in the shootout for the second time in the last three games (Jan. 2-7).  They are 3-4 this season but are win-less, 0-3, on the road in shootouts.  The Metropolitan Division rivals will face-off for the second of two at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16 (7PM, MSG+2, TOJN).

The matinee was the finale of the Devils’ four-game, road-trip from Dec. 30–Jan. 7.  They finished with a record of 0-2-2=2PTS.

The club is win-less a season-high, five-consecutive games, 0-2-3=3PTS from Dec. 29-Jan. 7.

*Dec. 29 vs. BUF: 3-4 OT
Dec. 30 @ WSH: 2-5 L
Jan. 2 @ STL: 2-3 SO
Jan. 4 @ DAL: 3-4 L
Jan. 7 @ NYI: 4-5 SO

*home

New Jersey reached the mid-point, 41st game, of the 2017-18 regular-season. The club is 22-11-8=52PTS. ^They rank third overall in the Metropolitan Division, sixth overall in the Eastern Conference, and are 11th among all 31 clubs.

^ as of Jan. 12.

In 2016-17, New Jersey had 40PTS (16-17-8) at the season’s mid-point. In addition they are 12-5-3=27PTS at Prudential Center and are 10-6-5= 25PTS on the road.

The Devils out-shot the Isles, 46-38. New Jersey peppered the Islanders with 21 shots in the first period.

Taylor Hall (1G-1A), Miles Wood (1G-1A) and Travis Zajac (2G) each had two-point games.

Hall has 6PTS, three games into the 2018 calendar year. He has 42PTS in 39 games and is scoring at a 1.08 points-per-game pace.

It was Wood’s second multi-pt.-game since his first career, four-point game on Nov. 12 at CHI, where he scored his first NHL hat-trick.

Zajac’s two goals on Sunday was his first multi-goal game of the season. He has 3G-2A-5PTS over the last 4GP, Dec. 30 – Jan. 7.

Cory Schneider stopped 34 of 38 shots and was 4-5 in the shootout. He fell to 17-8-6 on the campaign in his 31st game of 2017-18. He is 2-2 in the shootout this season stopping 19 of 23 opponent shots.

 

TOMORROW vs. PHILADELPHIA

Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season. The clubs will play all four games of their season-series in a one month span (Jan 20 @ PHI, Feb. 1 @ NJD, Feb. 13 @ PHI).

New Jersey is seeking to snap its season-high five-game, win-less streak, 0-2-3, from Dec. 29-Jan. 7. Despite the skid, the club is 6-0-1 in its past seven games at Prudential Center, Dec. 12-29.

It is the Devils’ first home game of the 2018 calendar year.  They are 3-4-1 (1-2-0 home) vs. Metro and are 11-5-5 (5-3-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference. In 2016-17, New Jersey was 2-1-1 (0-1-1 home) against the Flyers.  The match is New Jersey and Philadelphia’s first game action since their NHL mandated five-day, bye-week from Jan. 8-12.

Tonight will be the first game that the top two selections at the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, face-off in an NHL contest.

The Flyers trail New Jersey by just six points in the Metropolitan Division race. *Just 11 points separate the division’s top team, Washington (57PTS), from the last place Hurricanes/Flyers (46PTS).

*as of Jan. 12

Each of the Devils next three games are against Metropolitan Division clubs. Six of their remaining seven games in January are against the Eastern Conference.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 24 games missed. Has resumed skating with the team.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 114

 

MILESTONES

LOVEJOY – Played in 100TH game with NJD, Jan. 2 at STL.
WOOD – Played in 100TH game NHL/NJD , Jan. 4 at DAL.

VATANEN – 2A for 100 NHL / 3GP for 300 NHL
JOHANSSON – 6A for 200 NHL
HALL – 5PTS for 100 NJD / 8GP for 500 NHL
MOORE – 7PTS for 100 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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).

 

H’ALL-STAR
The NHL announced its rosters for the NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 26-28 in Tampa Bay, FL.
Taylor Hall was selected to represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.  It is the second straight year the left-wing is New Jersey’s all-star representitive at the annual event.  Hall will appear in his third consecutive All-Star Game having won the team portion the past two seasons: 2016 (Pacific Division with Edmonton) and 2017 (Metropolitan Division with New Jersey).
Hall is the only NHL player to play for the winning team since the game changed to the three-on-three format in 2016.
WHOA, WE’RE HALF WAY THERE
The Devils completed their 41st game, Jan. 7 at NYI, to formally reach the half-way point of the 2017-18 regular-season.
Thus far, the club has vastly improved from 2016-17 at the the season’s mid-point.
2017-18 2016-17
Overall 22-11-8 (52PTS) 16-17-8 (40PTS)
Goals For 127 92
Goals Against 121 119
Power Play 21.4% (27/126) 13.5% (19/141)
Penalty Kill 83.3% (24/144) 82.3% (22/124)
SHG 7 3
FORMER DEVILS GOING FOR GOLD
Former New Jersey Devil, Brian Gionta, will represent the United States as the team’s captain at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The Rochester, NY native scored 152 goals, 160 assists for 312 points in 473 regular-season games from 2001-09.  In 2005-06, he scored 48 goals, 24 were PPGs, which still is the single-season record for the franchise.  He was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship Team.
Bobby Butler (2012-13, 14GP) and Brian O’Neill (2015-16, 22GP) were also named to the team.
EPISODE 4

Episode 4 of 82 Game Odyssey is available to stream now on newjerseydevils.com.  This episode focuses on how the club has responded to challenges with a team-first mentality at the mid-point of the season.

Episode 4 and all previous episodes can be found at newjerseydevils.com.

 

DEVILS WORLD TOUR

Michael McLeod, New Jersey’s 2016 first-round (12th overall) pick, won the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship.  He finished the tournament with 1G-3A-4PTS and two PIM in seven games.  It was his second time representing Canada.  He won silver in 2017.

Jesper Boqvist, NJD’s 2017 second-round (36th overall) pick and Fabian Zetterlund, NJD’s 2017 third-round (63rd overall) pick, won with Team Sweden. Boqvist scored 1G-1PT in six GP and Zetterlund notched 2G-2PTS through 7GP.

Joey Anderson, the United States’ captain and NJD’s 2016 third-round (73rd overall) pick scored 1G-1A-2PTS on Saturday to secure a Bronze Medal against the Czech Republic. The forward won gold with the Americans in 2017.  In 2018, Anderson finished with 4G-3A-7PTS in 7GP.

New Jersey had a total of seven prospects, the most out of all 31 NHL teams, at the World Junior Championship.  Anderson and Yegor Zaitsev were represented their countries as captains, while Mikhail Maltsev served as an alternate captain for Russia.

  • 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)

 

*listed alphabetical order

PLAYER/TM. GP G A PTS PIM
ANDERSON, USA 7 4 3 7 0
BOQVIST, SWE 6 1 0 1 2
MALTSEV 5 0 2 2 6
McLEOD 7 1 2 3 4
STUDENIC 5 0 0 0 4
ZAITSEV 5 0 1 1 4
ZETTERLUND 7 2 0 2 4

 

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, 22:07, through 17 games with New Jersey.

Vatanen tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2.  It was the first time in his Devils’ career collecting points in four straight contests. He did so on four other occasions as an Anaheim Duck.

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 11-2-8 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.

 

JOHNNY ROCKET

John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and has 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 before 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, 2015-18) 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, E. Kane – BUF) 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

 

THIS DATE IN DEVILS’ HISTORY

Jan. 13, 2003 – Jeff Friesen scores two goals in a span of 26 seconds during the second period of a 6-2 win vs. Florida.  It is the fastest two goals by Devils’ player to date.

 


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