Devils Pre-Game: 2/22/18

New Jersey Devils (31-21-8) vs. Minnesota Wild (32-20-7)
7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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

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*Devils Game Notes Contact:
James Stolfi – Sr. Mgr., Hockey Communications & Team Operations
jstolfi@newjerseydevils.com

Pre-Game Availability *
subject to change

10:30AM – Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME : FEB 20: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 1 vs COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2

New Jersey’s four-game winning-streak was snapped when the club dropped its fourth and final game against their Metropolitan Division rival Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1, in regulation time.
New Jersey finished their 2017-18 season-series, 1-3-0=2PTS (CBJ – 3-1-0=6PTS). Since the NHL formulated its current four-division format in 2013-14, the Devils are 6-13-2 overall vs. Columbus and are 4-8-1 at Prudential Center.
Taylor Hall, the NHL’s active scoring-streak leader, notched NJD’s only goal to extend his points-streak to 12 games (8G-7A-15PTS), Jan. 30-Feb. 20. His current streak ties Ilya Kovalchuk’s franchise-record, when he notched 14PTS (7G-7A) in 12GP in 2010-11.
Hall also has a personal 19-game, point-streak (13G-14A-27PTS), Jan. 2-Feb. 20. He missed three games due to an injury (right hand/thumb), Jan. 22-25. Overall, Hall’s stretch of 19 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).
The NHL’s First Star of the Week (week ending Feb. 18), Nico Hischier, scored his 40TH PT of the season assisting on Hall’s goal. Hischier has 4G-5A-9PTS, extending his season-high, points-streak to six games, Feb. 11-20.

 

Keith Kinkaid started in net and stopped 17 of 19 shots for his first loss in his last four games.

 

CBJ F Artemi Panarin, finished as the series’ leading scorer with 8PTS (1G-7A). 

 

The Devils are 10-8-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 20-13-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2017-18.

  

TONIGHT vs MINNESOTA WILD

The Devils will finish their season-series vs. the Wild, and are 1-0-0 against Minnesota in 2017-18. New Jersey defeated Minnesota 4-3 in OT on Nov. 20th at Xcel Energy Center. John Moore scored the game winning goal in overtime, while former Devil Adam Henrique led the team with three points (1G-2A). 

 

Will Butcher and Steven Santini notched the other two goals for the Devils, while Andy GreeneTaylor HallBen Lovejoy and Brian Gibbons recorded assists. 

 

Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 36 shots (.917 save%) for his 8th victory of the season and Mikael Granlund led the Wild with three points (2G-1A). 

 

The Devils are 8-1-1 against the Wild at Prudential Center and 14-5-2 overall since Minnesota’s inaugural season in 2000-01 . New Jersey is 6-4-1 against the Central Division and 11-8-3 vs. the Western Conference. 

 

Hall’s 14 points (5G-9A) lead all Devils in their careers against the Wild, while Keith Kinkaid is 1-0-0 with a .875 save% in two games played and Eddie Lack is 3-0-1 with a .950 save%. 

 

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 15 games missed

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 13 games missed

SCHNEIDER – IR, retro to Jan. 23 (groin/hip), 13 games missed

QUENNEVILLE– IR, retro to Feb. 10 (right-knee), 6 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 179

 

MILESTONES

PALMIERI – APPEARED IN 400TH NHL GAME, Feb. 18 @ CAR
                    200TH NJD GP, Feb. 15 vs. CAR
                    


MOORE
 – 2PTS for 100 NHL

NOESEN – 3GP for 100 NHL
HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES – 3 wins for 100 NHL/NJD
LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
KINKAID – 7GP for 100 NHL/NJD
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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.

Feb. 16: Placed F John Quenneville (right knee) on I.R., retro. to Feb. 10.

Feb. 17: Recalled F Blake Pietila from Binghamton (AHL).

Feb. 21: Assigned F Nick Lappin to Binghamton (AHL).

 

 

ELIAS TO BE IMMORTALIZED

Next Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. NYI, 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.

 

HALL’S STREAKING

Taylor Hall extended his career-high, point-streak to 12 consecutive games, 8G-7A-15PTS from Jan. 30-Feb. 20.  He has recorded at least 1PT in 19 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL (13G-14A-27PTS) 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 19 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

 

NOTHING LACK-ING

Goaltender Eddie Lack set new career-highs in both saves (48) and shots-against (51) during his first-ever win, in his second start, as a Devil, Feb. 18 at TBL. 

 

Lack’s 48 saves is the second-most saves for a goaltender in a Devils win in team history; trailing only Martin Brodeur’s 51-save shutout victory, Jan. 12, 2010 @ NYR (1-0 Wo).

 

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 Five, 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 26th among all defensemen (tie, J. Spurgeon – MIN & D. Byfuglien – WPG) / 12th NHL rookies (tie, A. Kempe – LA)
  • 16PP assists 13th (tie, three others) NHL / 1st NHL rookies

*As of Feb. 21

30 FOR 3

Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (13G-27A-40PTS), 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. 

  • 1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
    2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
    3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
        Taylor Hall – .91 (127 GP)
    4. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)

 

FORMER DEVILS GO FOR GOLD 

PLAYER W/ NJD COUNTRY GP G A PTS PIM
Bobby BUTLER 2012-13, 14GP USA 5 0 0 0 0
Brian GIONTA 2001-09, 473GP USA  5 0 0 0 4
Brian O’NEILL 2015-16, 22GP USA  5 1 3 4 0
Ilya KOVALCHUK 2010-13, 222GP  Russia  4 4 2 6 0
Sergey KALININ 2015-17, 121GP  Russia  4 1 2 3 6
Marc-Andre GRAGNANI 2015-16, 4GP  Canada  4 0 2 2 2
Karl STOLLERY 2016-17, 11G Canada  0 0 0 0
Vojtech MOZIK 2015-16, 7GP Czech Rep.  6

 

NUMBER ONE, AGAIN

New Jersey’s leading rookie scorer Nico Hischier was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Feb. 18. Hischier scored in all four of his appearances, sharing the league-lead with four goals and ranking second overall with 4G-3A-7PTS to power the Devils to a perfect 4-0-0 week.  He posted 1G-1A-2PTS in a 5-4 Ws against PHI, Feb. 13.  Hischier then registered 1G-2A-3PTS, his third 3PT performance of 2017-18, in a 5-2 win against CAR, Feb. 15.  He added one goal in each of his next twp games, a 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Feb. 17 and a 3-2 Wo at CAR, Feb. 18.

Hischier became the fifth rookie in franchise history to score in four straight team games and the first to do so since 1984-85 (Greg Adams).  The 19-year-old Brig, Switzerland native and first overall selection of the 2017 NHL Draft is the only player on New Jersey to play in all 59 games this season, ranking in the top 10 among rookies in assists (t-4th; 26), shots on goal (t-4th; 134), points (6th; 39) and goals (t-9th; 13).

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 16-5-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 32-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 42-0-10 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 21:56. He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2. 

 

Since Dec. 1, Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 17PTS (1G-16A).

 

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 of Canadian-born players that played in a minimum of one game played over a full-season is seven (2014-15 Red Wings). John Quenneville is the 7TH Canadian-born player to dress in a game for New Jersey in 2017-18.

NJD is the only NHL club 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-season game.

2016-18 – NJD – Noesen, Coleman

2016-17 – ANA – Noesen, Nic Kerdiles

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