New Jersey Devils (25-16-8) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (24-18-8)
7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+• The One Jersey Network
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10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
LAST GAME: JAN. 30 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 @ BUFFALO SABRES 1
New Jersey defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1 W, and won their 2017-18 regular-season series, 2-1-0, at KeyBank Center (NJD – 2-0-0 road).
The victory moved the Devils into third (tie CBJ) place among the Metropolitan Division (25-16-8=58PTS). They are two wins away from tying their entire 2016-17 win-total.
New Jersey did not have any power play opportunities for the second time this season. They were 3-4 (75.0%) on the penalty-kill. Buffalo center Ryan O’Reilly scored the lone goal for the Sabres at 14:58 of the second period to halve the Devils lead to 2-1.
Miles Wood scored the opening goal of the game for the club, after a scoreless first period, to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. Rookie defenseman, Will Butcher (27) and Kyle Palmieri (9) had the assists on Wood’s game-winner.
Taylor Hall scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season to put New Jersey ahead, 2-0, at 5.31 of the second period. The 19-year-old rookies Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier recorded the assists on Hall’s goal.
It was Hall’s first game since missing the last three, Jan. 22-25 (right hand/thumb) and the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay. First year Devil and Alternate Captain, Brian Boyle, took his teammate’s place as New Jersey’ representative for the Metropolitan Division. The former Tampa Bay Lightning (2014-2016) was a fan favorite at the event.
Kyle Palmieri scored his ninth goal of the season to seal the deal for New Jersey at with six seconds remaining in regulation time.
Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid was removed from I.R. (groin, Jan. 22-25) that afternoon and made his first start since Jan. 20 at PHI. He stopped 27 of 28 shots and is now 8-4-2 on the season and he has three wins over his last 4GP, Jan. 16-30. He is a perfect 3-0-0 in his NHL career against the Sabres.
TONIGHT vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
The Devils face-off against Philadelphia for the third game of their season-series tonight and the second of two at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 0-2-0 against the Flyers this season. They lost on Jan. 13, 3-5, in New Jersey and on Jan. 20, 1-3, at Wells Fargo Center. The clubs will conclude their 2017-18 season series on Feb. 13 in Philadelphia.
The Devils are 5-2-1 at Prudential Center vs. the Flyers since the 2014-15 season. Tonight begins a two-game home-stand vs. fellow Metro Division rivals. The Devils will face Pittsburgh on Saturday.
New Jersey is 5-6-1 against the Metropolitan Division and is 14-9-5 vs. the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 3-7-0 over their last 10 games while the Philadelphia Flyers are 7-3-0. The Devils lead the Flyers by just 2PTS in a competitive Metro Division. Just 5PTS separate second-place PIT (59PTS) from the seventh-ranked NY Islanders (58).
The Devils will look to bounce back is their February schedule begins. January was the club’s lowest total for wins and points thus far; 3-6-2.
Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 3PTS (3A) against tonight’s opponent. Four Flyer’s players share the team-lead for points; T. Konecny (2G-1A), S. Couturier (2G-1A), I. Provorov (1G-2A), C. Giroux (3A).
Tonight the Devils will celebrate their annual Pride Night as part of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative.
JOHANSSON (IR) – 3A for 200 NHL
HALL – 3GP for 500 NHL
MOORE – 6PTS for 100 NHL
PALMIERI – 8GP for 100 NJD.
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 on a conditioning stint.
Jan. 19: Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton 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 F Mirco Mueller from his conditioning stint in Binghamton. Remains on Long-Term I.R.
Jan. 25: Recalled G Mackenzie Blackwood from Binghamton. Placed F Marcus Johansson on I.R, retro. to Jan. 23. Recalled F Kevin Rooney from Binghamton.
Jan. 26: Assigned G Mackenzie Blackwood to Binghamton. Assigned F Kevin Rooney to Binghamton.
BUTCHER LEADS ROOKIE D-MEN
Devils’ defenseman and 2017 Hobey Baker winner, Will Butcher, leads or is among the league leaders in multiple rookie and league-wide categories
16 Power Play Assists – 1st NHL
16 Power Play Points – 1st NHL Rookie D-men
26 Assists – 1st Among NHL Rookie D-men
28 Points (2G-26A) – 1st NHL Rookie D-Men / tied 14th NHL D-men (K. Letang – PIT, J. Muzzin – LAK, T. Krug – BOS, R. Josi – NSH)
“It’s been fun. It’s been really, really fun,” Boyle said. “The ovations, the support, it’s incredible. I didn’t expect it to be like this. I came here, tried to enjoy it, and it was better than I thought it could ever be.”
The Devils are 12-3-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 19-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 38-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
WE NEED BACK-UP!
On Jan. 25 vs. NSH, Binghamton Devils (AHL) goaltenders Ken Appleby (L, 24-27) and Mackenzie Blackwood (backup) dressed for the New Jersey. It was the first time since Oct. 18, 1986 at PIT (4-8 L) that the club dressed two goalies, Chris Terreri and Karl Friesen, where both had not yet started an NHL contest. Credit Elias Sports Bureau.
Keith Kinkaid (IR, groin) and Cory Schneider (day-to-day, groin) were unavailable to 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 and 4 shorthanded points rank tied for 2nd (B. Point – TBL, D. MacKenzie – FLA).
IT’S ABOUT TIME
Defenseman Sami Vatanen leads the club with an average time on ice of 21:39 Since his trade to New Jersey on Nov. 30, Vatanen has collected 10PTS (1G-9A) in 25 games with the Devils this season. He had 1G-3A-4PTS in 15GP with Anaheim, from Oct. 28-Nov. 29.
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.
He also set a new career-high with three assists (3PTS) on Jan. 18 vs. WSH. His 3PTS also tied his career high, accomplished twice with ANA (Nov. 18, 2014 @ CGY, 1G-2A, Jan. 15 vs. VAN, 1G-2A).
NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL)
- USA – 13
- Canada – 4^
- Switzerland – 1
- Sweden – 1
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only