New Jersey Devils (24-12-8) at Philadelphia Flyers (21-16-8)
1PM • Wells Fargo Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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– 9AM Morning Skate at Wells Fargo Center
LAST GAME: JAN. 18 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4 vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS 3 (OT)
The Devils defeated the Capitals, 4-3 OT, for the first time in five meetings. Before Thursday, they were 0-5-0, since their 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 29, 2016 at Capital One Arena. The club ended their seven-game, win-less streak against Washington at Prudential Center (last win; April 4, 2017, 0-5-2 in seven previous games).
The Devils are now 7W-8L in the overtime frame this season and are 4W-2L at Prudential Center.
The club out-shot Washington, 32-19, for the fifth straight game, Jan. 4-18, which is a team-season high. They also eliminated all five of Washington’s power plays. The Devils were scoreless in three power play opportunities.
New Jersey was 58% overall in the face-off circle.
Taylor Hall scored the game-winner in overtime. It was his eighth career overtime goal. He also had one assist for two points (1G-1A). He has a team season-high, six-game, scoring streak (5G-6A-11PTS).
Drew Stafford scored his seventh goal of the season to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal in the past three games, Jan. 13-18. Before Jan. 13 vs. Philadelphia, Stafford was a healthy-scratch for seven-consecutive games from Dec. 23-Jan. 7.
Stafford needs just one goal to match his 2016-17 total where he scored four as a Winnipeg Jet and four as a Boston Bruin.
Marcus Johansson had the lone assist on Stafford’s first period goal. The former Washington Capital has two assists (2PTS) over his last two games, Jan. 16-18, and has three assists against the Caps in three games this season.
Defenseman Sami Vatanen skated in his 300th career NHL game and recorded his 100th career assist on Miles Wood’s goal. He then added another assist, 101st career, on Taylor Hall’s OT game winner He has played in 20 games with New Jersey and leads the club in average ice-time with 21:53 per game. Vatanen had two PIM tonight.
Devils’ captain Andy Greene scored the club’s second goal, his third of the season, to put New Jersey ahead 2-1. He was his first goal in 26 games, since Nov. 12 at CHI.
Miles Wood, the game’s third star, scored the Devils third goal on a breakaway. Nico Hischier recorded two assists for his seventh multi-point game of the season. He has three points (3A) over the past three games, Jan.13-18.
Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid started in his second consecutive game and stopped 16 of 19 for the victory.
TODAY @ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tonight is the second of four meetings between the Devils and Flyers and the first to be played at Wells Fargo Center. New Jersey trails the season-series 0-1-0. They lost the first match-up of the season-series, 3-5 L, Jan. 13 at Prudential Center. They will face-off twice more Feb. 1 at Prudential Center before playing the fourth and final regular-season game, Feb. 13 at Wells Fargo Center. The Devils are 6-2-0 at Wells Fargo Center since the 2013-14 season.
Taylor Hall has a team season-high six-game, scoring-streak from Jan. 2-18 (5G-6A-11PTS). One point, this afternoon, would tie his career-high when he had a seven-game, points-streak from Jan. 16-Feb. 4, 2016 (2G-7A-9PTS) as an Edmonton Oiler.
Hall had two assists (2PTS) vs. Philadelphia in their first meeting on Jan. 13. Drew Stafford, Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt scored the Devils’ three goals in the defeat.
The Devils, 56PTS, are currently second in the Metropolitan Division and lead the sixth-place Flyers by six points (50PTS). Twelve points separate the division-leading Washington Capitals, 60PTS, from the eighth/last place Carolina Hurricanes (48PTS).
New Jersey is 18-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 37-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
The Devils are now 5-5-1 (3-2-1 road) against the Metro and are 13-6-5 (7-2-3 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.
VATANEN – Recorded 100TH NHL assist and 300TH NHL Game, Jan. 18 vs. WSH.
HALL – Recorded 100TH point with Devils with OT goal, Jan. 18 vs. WSH.
JOHANSSON – 4A for 200 NHL
HALL – 5GP for 500 NHL
MOORE – 6PTS for 100 NHL
Dec. 29: Dalton Prout cleared waivers and was assigned to Binghamton
Dec. 30: Acquired G Eddie Lack from Calgary for D Dalton Prout. Re-assigned G Eddie Lack to Binghamton.
Jan. 16: Assigned D Steven Santini to Binghamton. Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton.
Jan. 17: Assigned G Ken Appleby to Binghamton. Recalled D Steven Santini from Binghamton.
Jan. 18: Assigned D Mirco Mueller to Binghamton (AHL) on a conditioning stint.
Jan. 19: Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton (AHL) under Emergency Conditions.
|Overall||22-11-8 (52PTS)||16-17-8 (40PTS)|
|Power Play||21.4% (27/126)||13.5% (19/141)|
|Penalty Kill||83.3% (24/144)||82.3% (22/124)|
Jesper Boqvist, NJD’s 2017 second-round (36th overall) pick and Fabian Zetterlund, NJD’s 2017 third-round (63rd overall) pick, won silver 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 represented their countries as captains, while Mikhail Maltsev served as an alternate captain for Russia.
*listed alphabetical order
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, 21:53 through 19 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.
The Devils are 12-2-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 18-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 37-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
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 – 4^
- Switzerland – 1
- Sweden – 2
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only