Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 10 at Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils (27-18-8) at Columbus Blue Jackets (27-23-4)

 7:00PM • Nationwide Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

Check @NJDevils on Twitter for today’s post-practice interviews

*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi jstolfi@newjerseydevils.com/ Scott Litwack slitwack@newjerseydevils.com



Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

11:30 AM Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena

LAST GAME : FEB 8 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 vs. CALGARY FLAMES 3

The Devils lost, 2-3 L, in regulation-time to finish their 2017-18 season-series, 0-1-1=1PT, against the Calgary Flames.  It was New Jersey’s second-consecutive loss (also; Feb. 6 at OTT, 3-5 L).  The Flames victory also snapped the club’s two-game, winning-streak at Prudential Center.

 

Taylor Hall increased his personal scoring-streak to 12 games, 8G-9A-17PTS, from Jan. 2-Feb. 8, notching his 20th goal of the season.  He later added an assist on Pavel Zacha’s goal for his 16th multi-point game of 2017-18. The assist also was his 54th point, 20G-34A, in just his 48th game this season, which surpasses his entire 2016-17 point-total, 20G-33A (72GP).

 

Zacha notched his fourth goal, second on the power play, to bring the Devils within one goal of CGY, 7:23 into the third period.   It was his first goal in 17 games, Dec. 23 vs. CHI. The 20-year-old center has 5PTS (1G-4A) over the past four games, Feb. 1-8

 

Brian Boyle and Hall notched the assists on Zacha’s goal. It was Boyle’s first point since Jan. 4 at DAL (G), and his first assist in 19 games (Dec. 18 vs. ANA).

The Devils were 1-2 (50.0%) on the man-advantage and did not take any penalties for the entire 60 minutes (also; Nov. 18 @ WPG, 0 PIM).

 

Keith Kinkaid started his fifth straight game, Jan. 30-Feb.8, and was credited with the loss for the second straight game.  He stopped 22 of 25 shots (.880 sv%).  He is win-less, 0-3-1 (3.70 GAA, .874 sv%) against all Pacific Division opponents in 2017-18.

 

 

TONIGHT @ COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Tonight marks the third of four games in the between New Jersey and Columbus this season.  The Metropolitan Division rivals will face-off for their season-series finale, Feb. 20 at Prudential Center.

 

NJD and CBJ played their first two games in a home-and-home series. The Devils defeated the Blue Jackets, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 5.  Three nights later (Dec. 8) Columbus defeated New Jersey, 3-5, on their home turf.

 

Taylor Hall had the game-winner for the Devils.  Hall is red-hot of late, recording points in each of his last 12 games, 8G-9A-17PTS, from Jan. 2-Feb. 8.  Stefan Noesen leads all Devils this season with 3PTS (1G-2A) against CBJ, while Artemi Panarin leads all players on both NJD and CBJ with 5PTS (5A).

 

The Devils are 3-3-1 at Nationwide Arena and lead the all-time series, 14-13-4 since the 2014-15 season. The Devils are 7-6-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 16-9-5 against all Eastern Conference competition.

 

Tonight begins New Jersey’s 11th of 16 sets back-to-back games this season.  They face Boston at Prudential Center tomorrow at 7PM.  The club is 5-3-2 in first games and is 5-5-0 in the second of back-to backs.

 

The Blue Jackets are currently on a four game skid, and rank 7th a competitive Metro Division with 58PTS.  New Jersey is third with 62PTS.  Only 12PTS separate the division-leading Capitals (69PTS) from the 8TH/last place Rangers (57PTS).

*as of Feb. 9

 

Keith Kinkaid is 0-1-0 (3.42 GAA, .875 sv%) in three career appearances vs. CBJ.  Eddie Lack is 1-3-0 (3.68 GAA, .892 sv%) in his career against tonight’s opponent.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 8 games missed

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 6 games missed.

SCHNEIDER – day-to-day, (groin), 6 games missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 149

 

MILESTONES

HALL –  500TH NHL Game, Feb. 6 at OTT

MOORE – 5PTS for 100 NHL
PALMIERI – 4GP for 200 NJD/6GP for 400 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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.

Feb. 8: Recalled F Jimmy Hayes from conditioning load in Binghamton. Acquired F Christoph Bertschy and F Mario Lucia from the Minnesota for D Viktor Loov.

 

PALMIERI BOBBLEHEAD/FIREFIGHTER APPRECIATION NIGHT

Tomorrow night vs. the Boston Bruins, the first 9,000 fans at Prudential Center will receive a Kyle Palmieri mini bobblehead, courtesy of Investors Bank. The game is also Firefighter Appreciation Night.

 

Brian Boyle will also have his own bobblehead-night, Mar. 4 vs. VGK, in the second installment in the Devils mini bobble series.

 

INAUGURAL MOMS TRIP

The mothers of the Devils’ players and staff accompanied their sons to Columbus for New Jersey’s Inaugural Mothers Trip.  In 2015-16 and 2016-17, the club held Fathers Trips.  The moms will travel with the club back to New Jersey to root on their sons at Prudential Center tomorrow vs. Boston.

*check newjerseydevils.com and @NJDevils on social media to follow Devils and their moms this weekend.

 

THE KIDS AND THE HALL

New Jersey’s forward line of Nico Hischier (C, 9G-22A; 19 years old), Jesper Bratt (RW, 12G-19A; 19 years old) and Taylor Hall (LW, 20G-34A; 26 years old) have combined for 41G-75A-116PTS in 2017-18. The three players account for 26.3% of goals, 29.3% of assists and 28.6% of points scored by all Devils skaters this season.

*Hall, Hischier and Bratt stats are season-totals

 

BUTCHER LEADS ROOKIE D-MEN

Devils’ d-man and 2017 Hobey Baker winner, Will Butcher, leads or is among the league leaders in multiple rookie and league-wide categories.

  • 29PTS rank 22nd all defensemen (tie, 4 others) / 11th NHL rookies (tie, M. Sergachev – TBL)
  • 16PP assists rank 10th NHL (tie, S. Gostisbehere – PHI) / 1st among all rookies

 

 

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS

Taylor Hall ranks fourth in franchise history with .88 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club.  This season he has 1.12 points-per-game.

 

  1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
  2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
  3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
  4. Taylor Hall – .89 (120 GP)
  5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sergey Kalinin (2015-17, 121GP) and Ilya Kovalchuk (2009-13, 222GP) were named to Team Russia.

 

 

 

NO SWEAT

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.

 

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 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 21:25. 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

Elias Sports Bureau, the fewest Canadian players used by a team over a full season is 7 (2014-15 Red Wings).  Devils have used 7.

 

New Jersey is the only team in the NHL currently to have two Texas-born players, Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman, on their roster. Only three times in NHL history has a team had more than one player from TX skate in an game

NJD- 2017-18 & 2016-17: Coleman, Noesen
ANA- 2016-17: Nic Kerdiles, Noesen

 

 

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