Devils Pre-Game Notes: March 2 at Carolina Hurricanes

New Jersey Devils (33-22-8) at Carolina Hurricanes

 7:30PM • PNC 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 last night’s post-game interviews.

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


Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

No morning skateHead Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway near the Devils’ Locker Room at 5:20PM.

LAST GAME – MARCH 1: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 @ Florida Panthers 3

The Devils lost, 3-2 L, to the Florida Panthers in their season-series finale at BB&T Center. Florida bested New Jersey by winning two of the three games in their season-series. The Devils have not defeated the Panthers in a season-series since the 2014-15 season (2-1-0).  New Jersey is 3-6-2 overall (1-3-2 road) against FLA since 2014-15.

 

Nov 11 – FLA 1 @ NJD 2 W
Nov 27 – FLA 3 @ NJD 2 L
Mar. 1 – NJD 2 @ FLA 2 L

 

The loss snapped New Jersey’s two-game, winning-streak, Feb. 24-27, and its four game game road winning streak, 4-0-0=8PTS, Feb. 13-27.

Cory Schneider was activated off I.R. that afternoon and made his first start since Jan. 23 at BOS. He missed 16 games during that period, Jan. 25-Feb. 27, with a groin/hip injury. He stopped 26 of 29 shots, earning Third Star of the Game honors.

Patrick Maroon, who was acquired from Edmonton during Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for NJD’s 2019 third-round pick and forward prospect J.D. Dudek (Boston College, Hockey East), made his Devils’ debut. The St. Louis, MO-native led New Jersey with 2A (2PTS) and five PIM. He is the first player to wear jersey no. 17 since Michael Ryder (2013-15).

According to Elias Sports Bureau/Devils’ Radio Statistician Craig Seiden, Maroon set a Devils’ record with his fight just 1:54 into the game. It was the earliest fight in a players’ debut with New Jersey (previously, Nov. 8, 2005 – Darren Langdon vs. Eric Godard (NYI).”

Taylor Hall kept his astounding points-streak afloat by notching the game’s only PPG (NJD 1-2/FLA He now has points in a franchise record 16 consecutive games, recording 11G-10A-21PTS from Jan. 30-Mar. 1. It was his 28th of the season, marking a new career-high for the former first overall pick.

Hall’s 16 consecutive games surpasses Patrik Elias’ and Brian Gionta’s 15 game, pt. streaks set in 1999-00 and 2005-06, respectively.

 

TONIGHT @ CAROLINA HURRICANES

New Jersey is 1-1-0 on their three-game, road-trip that made stops in Pittsburgh (Feb. 27, 3-2 W) and Florida (Mar. 1, 2-3 L), which concludes tonight at PNC Arena. Tonight’s contest against the Hurricanes is also the second half of New Jersey 13th back-to-back sets this season.  After the Devils’ 3-2 loss last night at Florida, they are 6-5-2 in first games and 6-6-0 in second games of back-to-backs.  Carolina is also playing in their second match of a back-to-back.  The ‘Canes won, 4-1, against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center last night.’

 

On Feb. 18, New Jersey defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2 Wo, in their first trip to Raleigh, which was also second of a back-to-back set (Feb. 17 @ TBL, 4-3 W).  Taylor Hall scored the overtime goal, while Sami Vatanen led the Devils with two assists (2PTS).  Nico Hischier recorded 3PTS (1G-2A) during the club’s first game vs. CAR, Feb. 18 at Prudential Center.

 

Keith Kinkaid is expected to start in goal tonight. He is 2-0-0 this season (6-1-0 career) and has two assists (2PTS) against Carolina this season.  He recorded the secondary helper on both of Hischier’s goals, Feb. 15 and Feb. 18.

Feb. 15 – CAR 2 @ NJD 5 W
Feb. 18 – NJD 3 @ CAR 2 Wo
Mar. 02 – NJD @ CAR
Mar. 27 – CAR @ NJD

 

The Devils are  16-11-5 on the road, while the Hurricanes are 15-11-6 at PNC Arena.  New Jersey (74PTS) leads Carolina (67PTS) in the Metropolitan Division standings.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 19 games missed

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 17 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 193

 

MILESTONES

NOESEN -Played in 100TH career NHL Game, Feb. 27 @ PIT.
MOORE – Expected to play in 200TH game with NJD tonight at CAR. Needs 2PTS for 100 NHL.
HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES – Needs just one win for 100 in NHL career/as NJD Head Coach.

KINKAID – 5GP for 100GP
LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (I.R.)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 22: Acquired F 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.

Mar. 1: Removed G Cory Schneider from I.R.  Assigned G Eddie Lack to 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 21st multiple-point game of 2017-18.  The goal was his 28th of the season surpassing his career-high (27), 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 16 games from Jan. 30-Mar. 1, 11G-10A-21PTS. It is the longest in the NHL this season and he has passed the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06).  Hall has recorded at least one point in 23 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL, 27G-41-69PTS.

 

During that 23 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 10th player since the 1987-88 season to record at least 1PT in 23 consecutive appearances

 

 

 

 

NICO’S 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 .93 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 (130 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. He made his Devils debut on Mar. 1 at FLA and led New Jersey with 2A (2PTS) and five PIM.

 

According to Elias Sports Bureau/Devils’ Radio Statistician Craig Seiden, Maroon set a Devils’ record with his fight at 1:54 into the first period. It was the earliest fight in a players’ debut with New Jersey (previously, Nov. 8, 2005 – Darren Langdon vs. Eric Godard (NYI).'”

 

 

 

 

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 18-6-8 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 average time-on-ice of 22:09. He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53.

 

Since Dec. 1, 2017, Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 20PTS (1G-19A).

 

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

 

 

 

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