New Jersey Devils (27-16-8) at Ottawa Senators (17-25-9)
7:30PM • Canadian Tire Centre • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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11:30AM Morning Skate at Canadian Tire Centre
LAST GAME: FEB 3. NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 1
The Devils defeated Pittsburgh, 3-1, at Prudential Center in the first of four games between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season. It was club’s first victory against the Pens in five straight games, 0-4-1, since Mar. 24, 2016 at PPG Paints Arena (3-0). New Jersey’s last win at home vs. the Penguins was on Nov. 14, 2015 (4-0 W).
After a score-less first period where New Jersey out-shot Pittsburgh, 13-6, the offensive line of Travis Zajac (C), Stefan Noesen (RW) and Blake Coleman (LW) scored the game’s first two goals to jump-start the Devils’ path to victory to start the second frame.
Zajac (2G-1A) put the Devils ahead, 1-0, notching his sixth goal of the season, just 30 seconds into the second period. He also scored the third and final goal for the Devils during the third period for his first three-point game of 2017-18. The Winnipeg-native needs just four more goals to tie Petr Sykora (166G) for seventh all-time in franchise history.
Blake Coleman scored the second goal, the first game-winning goal of his NHL career, less than 2:30 minutes later to put the Devils ahead, 2-0. The Plano, TX native has three points (1G-2A) over the last two games. It was the first two-point game of his NHL career (1G-1A). Zajac assisted Coleman on the Devils second goal to tie Aaron Broten for the eighth-most assists in franchise history with 283 assists in his career (all with NJD).
Stefan Noesen, also from Plano, TX, recorded assists on both Zajac and Coleman’s markers for his first ever multiple-assist game.
Keith Kinkaid made his season-high, third-consecutive start in goal for the Devils and won his career-high (tie) third straight game (3-0-0; Feb. 21-Mar. 20, 2015). He stopped 15 of 16 shots (.938 sv%) to win his 10th game of the season, which is also a new career-high for the Farmingville, NY native.
Taylor Hall continued his hot-streak, adding an assist on Zajac’s second goal, and now has 15PTS (6G-9A) over his last 10 games, Jan. 2-Feb. 3. Damon Severson collected the primary assist, his seventh, on Zajac’s second goal.
At the conclusion of the game, New Jersey more than doubled the Penguins in shots, 38-16.
TONIGHT @ OTTAWA SENATORS
Tonight marks the third and final game between the Devils and Senators during the 2017-18 regular-season. New Jersey leads the season-series, 2-0-0, and could sweep Ottawa for the first time since the 2015-16 season (3-0-0). The club is 4-1-0 at Canadian Tire Centre and is 7-4-0 overall vs. the Sens since the 2014-15 season.
New Jersey is 12-8-5 on the road thus far, 9-3-4 (5-1-2 road) against the Atlantic Div., and 16-9-5 (8-4-3 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.
The first two matches between the clubs this season went beyond regulation time (Oct. 19 @ OTT, 5-4 Wo & Oct. 27 @ NJD 5-4 Ws). John Moore (OT) and Jesper Bratt (GDG) scored New Jersey’s winning goals in overtime and in the shootout, respectively.
Keith Kinkaid is 3-0-0 with a .928 save-percentage and a 1.67 GAA over the last three games. He set a new career-high last game, Feb. 3 vs. PIT, winning his 10TH game of 2017-18. A fourth consecutive win tonight would mark another new career-high for the netminder. He is 2-0-0 with a .889 sv% and 2.78 GAA against the Sens this season (2-1-0, .909 sv%, 2.49 GAA in career).
Taylor Hall will play in his 500TH career game this evening. He has 15PTS (6G-9A) over his last 10 games, Jan. 2-Feb. 3 (missed 3 games, Jan 22-25, w/ right hand/thumb injury). Hall’s 5A (5PTS) in the season-series lead all NJD & OTT skaters.
HALL – Expected to appear in his 500TH NHL Game tonight
MOORE – 5PTS for 100 NHL
PALMIERI – 6GP for 200 NJD/8GP for 400 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL
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.
Jan. 30: Activated G Keith Kinkaid. Activated D Mirco Mueller off I.R.
Feb. 2: Assigned D Steven Santini to Binghamton. Recalled F John Quenneville from Binghamton. Assigned F Jimmy Hayes to Binghamton on a conditioning stint.
Feb. 4: Assigned G Ken Appleby to Binghamton. Recalled G Eddie Lack from Binghamton.
THE KIDS AND THE HALL
New Jersey’s top forward line of Nico Hischier (C, 9G-22A), Jesper Bratt (RW, 12G-19A) and Taylor Hall (LW, 18G-33A) have combined for 39G-74A-113PTS in 2017-18. The three players account for 25.8% of goals, 30.5% of assists and 28.7% of points scored by all Devils skaters this season.
*Hall, Hischier and Bratt stats are season-totals, not as line.
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 D-men (tie, J. Klingberg – DAL), 9th overall
16 Power Play Points – 1st NHL Rookie D-men
27 Assists – 1st Among NHL Rookie D-men
29 Points (2G-27A) – 1st NHL Rookie D-Men / tied 19th NHL D-men (J. Rosi – NSH, J. Gardiner – TOR)
*as of Feb. 5
The Devils are 13-3-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 20-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 39-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
WE NEED BACK-UPS!
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 TOR, Brian Gibbons scored the first 3-on-5 SHG in franchise history. He set a new career-high with 18PTS this season on Dec. 12 vs. LAK after scoring his 12th goal (3rd SHG).
Gibbons notched a SHG on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI. His three SHGs rank 2nd (tie, E. Kane – BUF, B. Comeau – COL) in the NHL and 4 shorthanded points tied for 2nd (B. Point – TBL, D. MacKenzie – FLA).
IT’S ABOUT TIME
Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 21:30. He 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 also set a new career-high with three assists (3PTS) on Jan. 18 vs. WSH.
NJD by NATION
- USA – 13
- Canada – 4
- Switzerland – 2
- Sweden – 2
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the fewest Canadian players used by a team over a full season is 7 (2014-15 Red Wings). Devils have used 6.