New Jersey Devils (34-25-8) vs. Winnipeg Jets (40-17-9)
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LAST GAME – MARCH 6: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 6 vs Montreal Canadiens 4
New Jersey defeated the Montreal Canadiens in regulation, 6-4, in their second of three meetings against Montreal. The Devils are 1-0-1 against the Canadiens this season. The two clubs will face-off for the last time in the 2017-18 regular season on April 1 at Bell Centre. Devils Head Coach John Hynes earned his 100th career win with the victory.
The club is 11-6-4 (5-3-2 home) vs. the Atlantic and is 23-15-5 (11-7-2 home) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 2-2-4 at Prudential Center (5-5-4 overall) against the Habs since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey netted six goals, tying their second highest (10/9 @ BUF, 10/11 @ TOR) total of the season. Their season high was back on Nov. 12, when the team scored seven goals at Chicago (W 7-5).
New Jersey went 3-5 on the power play against Montreal. The last time the Devils scored three power play goals was the club’s first game of the season, 4-1 W Oct. 6 vs COL, where the Devils went 3-4 on the power play. New Jersey has scored at least one goal on the power play in their last five appearances.
Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 26 games (18G-20A-38PTS; Jan. 2-Mar. 6) with two assists. It was his 22nd multi-point game of the season, a new career-high.
Travis Zajac notched three points in the first period (2G-1A). Zajac was the fourth Devil to post three points in one period this season (J. Bratt – 10/9 @ BUF, T. Hall – 11/24 vs VAN, B. Boyle – 12/18 vs ANA).
Will Butcher (2A), Blake Coleman (1G-1A), Brian Boyle (1G-1A), Kyle Palmieri (2A) and Sami Vatanen (2A) also had multi-point games for the Devils. Additionally, Vatanen extended his point streak to four games with two assists tonight (1G-4A-5PTS; Mar. 1-6).
Patrick Maroon scored his first career goal (GW) as a Devil, tallying his fourth point in four games (1G-3A-4PTS).
Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 (.870 SV%). He is 2-3-0 vs. MTL as a Devil/in career.
TONIGHT vs Winnipeg Jets
The Devils will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets for the second and final time in 2017-18. New Jersey fell in their first meeting, 5-2, on Nov. 18 at MTS Place. The Devils play their final game of a three-game homestand (1-1-0) against the Jets, before beginning a six-game road trip.
New Jersey is 1-2-1 at home against Winnipeg since 2013-14 (last win, 10/30/14, 2-1 SO). The Devils are 11-10-3 vs. the Western Conference and 6-5-1 against the Central Division, while Winnipeg is 14-6-4 vs. the Eastern Conference and 8-3-2 against the Metropolitan Division.
The Devils surrendered, five goals against during the second period in their first match up, which is a season-high. The Devils had zero penalty minutes for the first time this season (also, 2/8/18 vs. CGY, 3-2 L).
Will Butcher scored the first goal of his career, while also picking up an assist on Brian Gibbons goal that tied the game early in the second period. Taylor Hall, Blake Coleman and Nico Hischier also had one assist each in the Devils loss.
Cory Schneider stopped 17 of 22 shots and took the loss in 40 minutes of action. Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider to start the third period, and stopped all 12 shots he faced. It was Kinkaid’s first appearance vs. the Jets in his career. Schneider is 3-5-1 with a .913 SV% and a 2.64 GAA in his career against the Jets.
GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 22 games missed
JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 20 games missed
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 199
HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES – Earned 100th win in NHL career/as NJD Head Coach, Mar. 6 vs. MTL.
KINKAID – 3GP for 100GP
LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (I.R.)– 3A for 200 NHL
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 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. 01: Removed G Cory Schneider from I.R. Assigned G Eddie Lack to Binghamton (AHL).
NHL ANNOUNCES GLOBAL SERIES
The NHL and the NHLPA, announced dates, local start times, locations and ticketing information for the 2018 NHL Global Series™ and the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge™.
The Devils will travel to Bern, Switzerland, and play an exhibition game against SC Bern on Monday, Oct. 1 at PostFinance Arena at 7:30 p.m. CET as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge™. New Jersey will then open their 2018-19 season against the Edmonton Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Scandinavium at 7 p.m. CET, in the 2018 NHL Global Series™.
*Tickets to the Oct. 1 NHL Global Series Challenge™ between the New Jersey Devils and SC Bern at PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland will go on sale on Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m. CET at http://www.ticketcorner.ch.
*Tickets to the Oct. 6 NHL Global Series™ game between the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden will go on sale on Monday, March 12 at 9 a.m. CET at https://www.livenation.se.
On Feb. 23, the Devils officially retired the jersey of Patrik Elias’ no. 26. The franchise’s all-time leading scorer and two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2000, 2003) became first forward and fifth player to have his number retired by the organization. Born on Apr. 13, 1976 in Trebic, Czechoslovakia, he is the first European-born Devil to receive the honor.
“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.
Taylor Hall’s consecutive point-streak now stands at 19 games from Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS. 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; 15 each). He has registered least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.
During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).
According to NHL PR, Hall is just the 7th different player since the 1987-88 season to record at least 1PT in 25 consecutive appearances. Players to record at least 1PT in 25 consecutive games include:
- M. Lemieux (PIT – 46GP, 1989-90)
- M. Sundin (QUE – 30GP, 1992-93)
- S. Yzerman (DET – 28GP, 1988-89)
- M. Lemieux (PIT – 28GP, 1995-96)
- P. Kane (CHI – 26GP, 2015-16)
- T. Hall (NJD – 26GP, 2017-18)
- W. Gretzky (LAK – 25GP, 1990-91)
- B. Hull (STL – 25GP, 1991-92)
- S. Crosby (PIT – 25GP, 2010-11)
Hall is also the first Devils player to reach the 70-point mark (30G-44A-74PTS) in a season since 2011-12, when Ilya Kovalchuk (37G-46A-83PTS) and Patrik Elias (26G-52A-78PTS).
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 game this season, ranking in the top 10 among rookies in assists, shots on goal, points, and goals.
HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall is first in franchise history with .95 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.19 points-per-game.
- Taylor Hall – .95 (134 GP)
- Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
- Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
- Ilya Kovalchuk- .91 (222 GP)
- 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 the Oilers for New Jersey’s 2019 third round draft pick 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, 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 vs. NYI- Darren Langdon vs. Eric Godard (NYI)).
THREE OF A KIND
Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (13G-28A-41PTS), Will Butcher (2G-30A-32PTS), and Jesper Bratt (13G-21A-34PTS) 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).
The Devils are 18-7-8 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 22:14. He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2 and 1G-4A, from Mar. 1-6. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53. Since Dec. 1, 2017, Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 24PTS (2G-22A).