Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 20 at PHI

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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*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
– 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.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 27 games missed. On Long Term I.R., on conditioning stint in Binghamton currently.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 117
 

MILESTONES

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

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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.

 

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall ranks fourth in franchise history with .87 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club.  This season he has 1.10 points-per-game.
1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
4. Taylor Hall – .87 (114 GP)
5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
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 representative 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 each year 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. While Karl Stollery (2016-17, 11GP) was named to Team Canada.
DEVILS WORLD TOURMichael 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 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

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

NO SWEAT

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.

 

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 – 4^
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1

*active roster only

 

 


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