New Jersey Devils 0 vs Detroit Red Wings 3
- Attendance: 13,847
- Three Stars: 1. Peter Mrazek 2. Tyler Bertuzzi 3. David Booth
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The Devils lost, 3-0, in the third,and final game between the Eastern Conference clubs this season. The Devils finished the season series 2-1-0. They defeated Detroit in the first two games, Nov. 25 (4-3 Wo) at Little Caesars Arena, Dec. 27 (3-1 W), and Jan. 22 (3-0 L), at Prudential Center.
The Devils have never swept the Red Wings, 3-0-0 specifically, in a season series. The club is 3-3-2 vs. Detroit since the 2013-14 season. New Jersey is 13-8-5 (6-5-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference and is 8-2-4 (4-2-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents.
Detroit opened up the scoring at 6:36 in the first period and never looked back, netting the only goals of the night from Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth, and Dylan Larkin. Larkin, and Andreas Athanasiou led the team with 2PTS each.
At 18:45 of the third period in the Red Wings/Devils game, video review determined that Gustav Nyquist’s shot at 18:42 did not cross the New Jersey goal line. Therefore the clock is reset to shot 1:18 (18:42 elapsed time) and no goal Detroit.
Petr Mrazek stopped all 37 shots from New Jersey, his first shutout since Jan. 14 at Chicago. This is only the Devils’ second-time being shutout at home this season (previously; 10/23/17 vs SJS).
Cory Schneider started his first game since Jan. 13, missing two of the three due to illness. Schneider was peppered with shots throughout the game, stopping 27 out of 30 in his return to the crease.
Taylor Hall missed his third game of the season tonight with a hand injury, and is also will not accompany the club to Boston. Hall’s career-high seven-game, points-streak from Jan. 2-20 (5G-7A-12PTS) was snapped. Also Jan. 16-Feb. 4, 2016 (2G-7A-9PTS) as an Edmonton Oiler. Four of the seven games included a multi-point effort from the All-Star. Taylor Hall leads all Devils with 4PTS (1G-3A) vs. Detroit this season.
Brian Gibbons (OT) and Nico Hischier have New Jersey’s game-winners in NJD’s two wins vs. Detroit this season.
The Devils out-shot the Red Wings, 37-30. The club was 0-5 on the power play and was 2-2 on the penalty-kill.
Tonight’s game marked the club’s 10th of 16 back-to-back sets this season as they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tomorrow (7PM, MSG/TOJN). The Devils are 5-3-2 in first games and 5-4-0 in second contests of back-to-backs.
MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 29 games missed. On Long Term I.R.
GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, broken right thumb. Missed tonight’s game (1).
KINKAID – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, groin. Missed tonight’s game (1).
HALL – Hand. Missed tonight’s game (1).
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 124
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 – 4GP 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.
Jan. 21: Placed F Brian Gibbons on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 20. Placed G Keith Kinkaid on I.R. retroactive to Jan. 20.
Jan. 22: Recalled D Mirco Mueller from his conditioning loan in Binghamton (AHL).
DEVILS MOURN PASSING OF JIM JOHANSSON
The Devils’ crowd of 13,847 held a moment of silence before tonight’s game in a showing of condolence for the sudden passing of USA Hockey Executive Director and General Manager of the 2018 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team Jim Johansson. Called “JJ” by friends and loved ones, he captured 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze with teams he was involved with.
“JJ was a special person and I will never forget his selfless efforts on behalf of so many others,” said Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. “I am just one of the many people he impacted in a positive way in hockey and, more importantly, in life. I’m forever thankful to have known him and I will miss him dearly. Although he has sadly passed, I, along with many others, will never forget him. On behalf of the entire Devils organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his wife Abby, and his daughter, Ellie.”
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.
Even though he is expected to miss back-to-back games (Jan. 22-23) with a hand injury, the team is not concerned with it being long-term. Hall is still expected to represent the Metropolitan Division during the weekend. He will be re-evaluated Jan. 24.
FORMER DEVILS GOING FOR GOLD
Jim Johansson was responsible for the formation of Team USA and selecting former New Jersey Devil, Brian Gionta, who 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.