Devils Pre-Game Notes: March 1 at Florida Panthers

New Jersey Devils (33-22-8) at Florida Panthers (22-25-6)

 7:30PM • BB&T Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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*Devils Game Notes Contact:
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11:30AM Morning Skate at BB&T Center

 

LAST GAME – FEB 27: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 @ PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2

The Devils won the first of their three-game, road-trip by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at PPG Paints Arena.  The victory snapped Pittsburgh’s 11-game, winning-streak on home-ice, which is the longest home-win streak in the NHL this season.  The Devils finished their February schedule with an 8-6-0=16PTS record, matching their points-total from Oct., 8-2-0=16PTS, and Nov., 6-4-4=16PTS.

 

Taylor Hall continued his points-streak, scoring one goal and one assist (2PTS) for his 20th multiple-point game of 2017-18.  The goal was his 27th of the season tying his career-high, which he accomplished as an Edmonton Oiler during the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons.

 

Hall’s consecutive point-streak now stands at 15 games from Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 10G-10A-20PTS. It is the longest in the NHL this season and he has tied the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06).  Hall has recorded at least one point in 22 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL, 15G-17-32PTS.

 

According to NHL PR, Hall is just the fifth player in the last 25 years to record at least one point in 22 or more straight appearances, since the 1992-93 season.

  • Mats Sundin (Quebec , 1992-93; 30GP), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2015-16; 26GP), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2010-11; 25GP), and Dany Heatley (Ottawa, 2005-06, 25GP).

 

Stefan Noesen scored New Jersey’s third goal, the game-winner, at 5:01 of the third period in his 100th career NHL game. His 9G this season marks a new career-high.

 

Damon Severson was named the game’s Second Star.  He recorded two assists (2PTS).  Travis Zajac also logged a two assist (2PTS) game.

 

Kyle Palmieri notched his third goal over the past two games, Feb. 24-27, and captain Andy Greene chipped in with one assist, his eighth of the season.

 

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 36 of 38 shots for his second win against Pittsburgh this season.  It was his 26th game of 2017-18, which matched his career-high set last season.

 

TONIGHT @ FLORIDA

New Jersey will attempt to win its third consecutive game tonight in the second match of this three-game, road-trip, Feb. 27-Mar. 2.  The Devils defeated the Penguins, 3-2, on Tuesday.  They travel to Raleigh, NC following tonight’s contest to complete their 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games.  The club is 6-4-2 in first games and is 6-6-0 in second games of back-to-backs in 2017-18.

 

New Jersey and Florida are both 1-1-0=2PTS after two head-to-head match-ups this season.  New Jersey will look to win its first season-series against the Panthers since the 2014-15 campaign (2-1-0).  The Devils are 1-2-2 at BB&T Center since the 2014-15 season, with tonight being the only game on Panthers home-ice during the 2017-18 season.

Nov. 11 – FLA 1 @ NJD 2
Nov. 27 – FLA 2 @ NJD 3

 

The Devils have killed all seven (7-7) FLA power play opportunities through their first two games.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 18 games missed

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 16 games missed

SCHNEIDER – IR, retro to Jan. 23 (groin/hip), 16 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 191

 

MILESTONES

NOESEN -Played in 100TH career NHL Game, Feb. 27 @ PIT.
HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES – Needs just one win for 100 in NHL career/as NJD Head Coach.
KINKAID –
Could play in his 100TH career NHL/NJD game tonight @ FLA.
MOORE – 2PTS for 100 NHL/  2GP for 200 w/ NJD
LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (I.R.)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 22: Acquired Michael Grabner from NY Rangers for New Jersey’s 2018 second-round pick and the rights to Yegor Rykov.

Feb. 24: Assigned F Blake Pietila to Binghamton.

Feb. 25: Removed F John Quenneville from I.R. and assigned him to Binghamton.

Feb. 26: Acquired Patrick Maroon from Edmonton for New Jersey’s 2019 third-round pick and the rights to J.D. Dudek.

Feb. 27: Assigned G Cory Schneider to Binghamton on a conditioning loan.

Feb. 28: Recalled G Cory Schneider from his conditioning stint with Binghamton (AHL).

 

 

 

#26 FOREVER

On Feb. 23, the Devils officially retired the jersey of Patrik Elias’ no. 26.  The Devils’ franchise’s all-time leading scorer and two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2000, 2003) became first forward and fifth player Devils’ franchise history to have his number retired.  Born in Trebic, Czech Republic, he is also the first European-born Devil to have his jersey number retired.

 

“For someone growing up in Eastern Europe, in a communist country, there’s no way I could have ever dreamed of this day,” said Elias.

 

HALL’S STREAKING

Taylor Hall continued his points-streak, scoring one goal and one assist (2PTS) for his 20th multiple-point game of 2017-18.  The goal was his 27th of the season tying his career-high, which he accomplished on two occasions as an Edmonton Oiler during the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons.

 

Hall’s consecutive point-streak now stands at 15 games from Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 10G-10A-20PTS. It is the longest in the NHL this season and he has tied the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06).  Hall has recorded at least one point in 22 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL, 15G-17-32PTS.

 

During that 22 game span, he missed three games during that span due to an injury (right hand/thumb), Jan. 22-25.

 

According to NHL PR, Hall is just the fifth player in the last 25 years to record at least one point in 22 or more straight appearances, since the 1992-93 season.

  • Mats Sundin (Quebec , 1992-93; 30GP), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2015-16; 26GP), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2010-11; 25GP), and Dany Heatley (Ottawa, 2005-06, 25GP).

 

 

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 two games, a 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Feb. 17 and a 3-2 Wo at CAR, Feb. 18.

 

Hischier became the 5th 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 every games this season, ranking in the top 10 among rookies in assists, shots on goal, points and goals.

 

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS

Taylor Hall is ranked third in franchise history with .92 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club.  This season he has 1.17 points-per-game.

1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
3. Taylor Hall – .93 (123 GP)
4. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)

 

 

JOIN THE CLUB

On Feb. 22, New Jersey acquired RW Michael Grabner from the NY Rangers for the New Jersey’s 2018 second-round selection and the rights to defensive prospect Yegor Rykov.  Grabner became just the 11th player in NHL history to play in at least one game for the Devils, Islanders (297GP), and Rangers (135GP).

 

The Devils acquired Patrick Maroon from Edmonton in exchange for New Jersey’s 3rd-rnd pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and forward prospect J.D. Dudek.  Maroon was assigned jersey no. 17.

 

 

 

 

NOTHING LACK-ING

Goaltender Eddie Lack set new career-highs in both saves (48) and in 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 @ NYR (1-0 Wo).

 

 

30 FOR 3

Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (13G-28A-41PTS), 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).

 

 

 

FORMER DEVILS WIN GOLD

Former New Jersey Devils Sergey Kalinin and Ilya Kovalchuk won the Gold Medal with team Olympic Athletes from Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.  Kalinin had 1G-2A-3PTS through 6GP.  Kovalchuk scored 5G-2A-7PTS in 6GP.

 

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 18-5-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 23-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 42-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 22:077. He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2.

 

Since Dec. 1, 2017, Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 19PTS (1G-18A).

 

He also set a new career-high with 3A (3PTS) on Jan. 18 vs. WSH.

 

NJD by NATION

  • USA – 13
  • Canada – 4
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Austria – 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 – ANANoesen, Nic Kerdiles

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