Devils Pre-Game: 3/10/18

New Jersey Devils (34-26-8) at Nashville Predators (44-14-9)
7:00 PM CT • Bridgestone Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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11:30 AM CT Morning Skate at Bridgestone Arena*

LAST GAME – MARCH 8: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 vs WINNIPEG JETS 3

 

New Jersey lost their second and final game to the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, and finished their 2017-18 campaign against the Jets 0-2-0. With the loss, the Devils finished their three-game home stand, 1-2-0. The club is 6-6-1 (3-4-0 home) vs. the Central Division and is 11-11-3 (7-7-1 home) vs. all Western Conference opponents.

 

The Devils fell to 1-3-1 at Prudential Center (2-7-1 overall) against the Jets since the 2013-14 season (last win, 10/30/14, 2-1 SO). New Jersey finished 0-6 on the power play for the year against Winnipeg (0-2, Nov. 18; 0-4, Mar. 8). It was only the fourth time this season that the Devils have closed out a season-series without scoring a power play goal.

 

Taylor Hall’s point-streak was snapped when he was held of the scoresheet for the first time in the 2018 calendar year.  Hall recorded points in 26 consecutive games (18G-20A-38PTS), dating back to Jan. 2 at STL. He missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).

 

Sami Vatanen also had his four-game point streak (1G-4A) snapped vs. WPG, but has 13 points (1G-12A) in his last 14 games played. Additionally, Vatanen led all Devils with 27:46 of ice time, which was seven seconds short of his season-high (2/13 at Philadelphia).

 

Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for the Devils in the second period and now has eight points in his last eight games (4G-4A-8PTS, Feb. 20-Mar. 8).

 

Nico Hischier notched his 14th goal of the season, and his ninth career multi-point game (1G-1A). It was Hischier’s first multi-point game since Feb. 15. vs. CAR.

 

Brian Gibbons returned to the Devils lineup after missing 22 games (Jan. 22-Mar. 6) due to a broken right thumb and had one shot on net, in 13:52 TOI.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 21 out of 24 shots in the loss.

 

 

TONIGHT vs NASHVILLE PREDATORS

 

The Devils begin a six-game road trip when they take on the Nashville Predators in the two clubs second, and final, matchup. In their first meeting, Nashville defeated New Jersey 3-0. It was the fifth and last time that the Devils were shutout in the 2017-18 regular season.  

 

Devils goaltender Ken Appleby made the first start of his NHL career against the Predators, stopping 24 of 27 shots. Forward Kevin Rooney also made his NHL season-debut, recording three shots in 11:46 of action.

 

P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm each had 2PTS (1G-1A), in their 3-0 victory on Jan. 25th. 

 

New Jersey is 2-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena since the 2013-14 season. The last time the Devils failed to pick up a point against Nashville was in the 2010-11 season (0-1-0). The two teams did not meet in the 2012-13 season.

 

Taylor Hall leads all Devils with 17PTS (7G-10A) in 18 games against the Predators, while Nashville forward Scott Hartnell has 25PTS (12G-13A) in 61GP against New Jersey.

 

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is 1-2-1 with a 3.47 GAA, while Keith Kinkaid is 2-1-0 with a 2.94 GAA in their careers against the Predators.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 21 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 200

 

MILESTONES

 

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

 

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 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).
Mar. 08: Activated F Brian Gibbons off injured reserve. 

 

 

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.

 

#26 FOREVER

 

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.

 

HALL’S STREAKING

 

Taylor Hall’s consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS). It is the longest point streak in the NHL this season and set the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at 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 was just the 5th different player since the 1987-88 season to record at least 1PT in 26 consecutive appearances. Players to record at least 1PT in 25 consecutive games include:

  1. M. Lemieux (PIT – 46GP, 1989-90)
  2. M. Sundin (QUE – 30GP, 1992-93)
  3. S. Yzerman (DET – 28GP, 1988-89)
  4. M. Lemieux (PIT – 28GP, 1995-96)
  5. P. Kane (CHI – 26GP, 2015-16)
  6. T. Hall (NJD – 26GP, 2017-18)
  7. W. Gretzky (LAK – 25GP, 1990-91)
  8. B. Hull (STL – 25GP, 1991-92)
  9. 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 tied for first in franchise history with .94 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. Taylor Hall – .94 (135 GP)
  2. Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
  3. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 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 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 (14G-29A-43PTS), Will Butcher (2G-31A-33PTS), and Jesper Bratt (13G-22A-35PTS) 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).

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 18-8-8 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 22:22. 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).

 

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