New Jersey Devils (29-20-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (39-16-3)
7:00PM • Amalie Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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LAST GAME : FEB 15 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 5 vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES 2
The Devils scored three unanswered goal to win the first of four games against CAR. They face-off again tomorrow at PNC Arena (5PM).
Damon Severson scored his career-high 9TH goal of the campaign. He ranks 3rd in the NHL in even-strength goals among blueliners (tie; Z. Werenski – CBJ).
Keith Kinkaid extended his career-high, winning his 12th game of 2017-18. He notched his second career assis/pt. on Nico Hischier’s goal. The 2017 NHL Draft’s #1 overall pick notched his third 3PT game of the season (1G-2A).
Kyle Palmieri had the game-winner in his 200th game with New Jersey. The Montvale, NJ native has 9PTS over the last nine games, Dec. 30-Feb. 15.
Travis Zajac tied Jay Pandolfo (819GP) for the 6th-most GP among skaters in franchise history. Stefan Noesen scored 2G, for just the second time in his NHL career (Dec. 18 vs. ANA).
TONIGHT @ TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Tonight marks the second of three games between NJD and TBL this season. The Devils won the first game of the season-series, 5-4 Ws, in the shootout on Oct. 17 at The Rock. Kyle Palmieri scored the game-deciding goal while Cory Schneider recorded the win.
Drew Stafford (2G) and Nico Hischier (2A) each had 2PTS to lead New Jersey against Tampa Bay.
Tonight begins the 12th of 16 back-to-back sets for the club. New Jersey will travel to Carolina to face-off against the Hurricanes on Sunday for their second-meeting in three days. They are 5-4-2 in firsts and 5-6-0 in second matches of back-to-backs.
The Devils are 9-5-4 against the Atlantic Div., and are 18-12-5 overall against the Eastern Conf.
NJD is 0-0-4 at Amalie Arena, 3-0-4 overall, since the 2015-16 season and have not defeated TBL away from Prudential Center since Oct. 14, 2014 (2-1 Ws).
GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 12 games missed
JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 10 games missed.
SCHNEIDER – IR, retro to Jan. 23 (groin/hip), 10 games missed.
QUENNEVILLE– IR, retro to Feb. 10 (right-knee), 3 games missed.
BOYLE – day-to-day (right-shoulder), 2 game missed
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 166
PALMIERI – 200TH NJD GP, Feb. 15 vs. CAR/2GP for 400 NHL.
MOORE – 4PTS for 100 NHL
NOESEN – 7GP for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL
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 off I.R. 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 Minnesota for D Viktor Loov.
Feb. 12: Placed G Cory Schneider on I.R., retro. to Jan. 23. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).
Feb. 16: Placed F John Quenneville (right knee) on I.R., retro. to Feb. 10.
ELIAS TO BE IMMORTALIZED
Next Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. the NY Islanders, the Devils will retire Patrik Elias’ no. 26 jersey in a pre-game ceremony. The club’s all-time scorer and two-time Stanley Cup Champion will become the fifth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired. He joins Scott Stevens (no. 4 retired Feb. 3, 2006), Ken Daneyko (no. 3 retired on Mar. 24, 2006), Scott Niedermayer (no. 27 retired Dec. 16, 2011), and Martin Brodeur (no. 30 retired Feb. 9, 2016). Born in Trebic, Czech Republic, he will become the first European-born Devil to have his jersey number retired by New Jersey.
Taylor Hall extended his career-high, point-streak to nine consecutive games, 6G-6A-12PTS from Dec. 30-Feb. 15. He has recorded at least 1PT in 15 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 (11G-12A-23PTS) but missed three games during that span due to a right hand/thumb injury, Jan. 22-25.
*It is the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest by a Devil since I. Kovalchuk notched 14PTS (7G-7A) in 12GP during the 2010-11 season.
* “Overall, Hall’s stretch of 16 consecutive games with at least 1PT is the longest such run in NJD franchise history. The record was previously owned by Patrik Elias (15G-9A-24PTS in 15GP from Dec. 27, 1999-Jan. 28, 2000) and Brian Gionta (12G-13A-25PTS from Mar. 12-Apr. 18, 2006).
*Credit NHL PR
26: A DEVILS LEGEND
Tune into newjerseydevils.com to watch, 26: A Devils Legend, a web-produced mini-series leading-up to his jersey retirement game, Feb. 24 vs. the NY Islanders. The web-series focuses on important milestones in Patty’s career. Part Three, as well as all previous episodes, are available to stream on newjerseydevils.com and all @NJDevils social media channels.
BUTCHER LEADS ROOKIE D-MEN
Devils’ blueliner and 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner, Will Butcher, leads or is among the league leaders in multiple rookie and league-wide offensive categories.
- 30PTS ranks 23rd among all defensemen (tie, M. Sergachev – TB) / 11th NHL rookies
- 16PP assists rank 12th NHL / 1st among all NHL rookies
*as of Feb. 16
Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (11G-26A-37PTS), Will Butcher (2G-28A-30PTS), and Jesper Bratt (12G-21A-33PTS) each have at least 30PTS this season. It is the second time in franchise history where three rookies hit the 30PT-mark; 1984-85 (Kirk Muller, Bruce Driver, and John McLean).
HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall is tied for third in franchise history with .91 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.15 points-per-game.
- Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
- Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
- Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
Taylor Hall – .91 (124 GP)
- Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
FORMER DEVILS GOING FOR GOLD
Former New Jersey Devil, Brian Gionta, team USA’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) are also on USA’s squad. Devils EVP/GM Ray Shero serves USA Hockey as a member of its Advisory Board.
Karl Stollery (2016-17, 11GP) & Marc-Andre Gragnani (2015-16, 4GP) are playing for Team Canada
Vojtech Mozik (2015-16, 7GP) is representing the Czech Republic.
Sergey Kalinin (2015-17, 121GP) and Ilya Kovalchuk (2009-13, 222GP) will skate for Russia.
The Devils are 14-4-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 21-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 40-0-10 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, overtime 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 (currently on I.R.) scored the first 3-on-5 shorthanded goal in franchise history. On Dec. 12 vs. LAK, he set a new career-high with 18PTS this 12th goal (3rd SHG).
Gibbons on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI, while New Jersey was shorthanded. His three SHGs rank tied for 2nd in the NHL (tie, E. Kane – BUF, B. Comeau – COL). His four shorthanded points (3G-1A) rank tied for 2nd with Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point (as well as R. O’Rielly – BUF, D. MacKenzie – FLA).
IT’S ABOUT TIME UPDATE
Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 21:40. 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 4PTS.
He also set a new career-high with 3A (3PTS) on Jan. 18 vs. WSH.
NJD by NATION
- USA – 13
- Canada – 3
- Switzerland – 2
- Sweden – 2
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only
^Per Elias Sports Bureau, the fewest number Canadian-born players that played in a minimum of one game for an NHL club over a full season is 7 (2014-15 Red Wings).
John Quenneville is the 7TH Canadian-born player to dress in a game for New Jersey in 2017-18.
New Jersey is the only team in the NHL currently to have two Texas-born players, Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman, on their active roster.
Noesen has been on the only three teams in NHL history to have more than one player from Texas skate in at least one regular-seasoin game.
2017-18 – NJD – Noesen, Coleman
2016-17 – NJD – Noesen, Coleman
2016-17 – ANA – Noesen, Nic Kerdiles