Devils Pre-Game: 3/14/18

New Jersey Devils (35-26-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (45-19-5)
7:00 PM PT • T-Mobile Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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Pre-Game Availability *
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11:30 AM PT Morning Skate at T-Mobile Arena*

LAST GAME – MARCH 10: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 vs NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2 (SO)

 

New Jersey opened their six-game road trip by defeating the Nashville Predators, 3-2 in a shootout, to finish 1-1-0 against the Predators in 2017-18. Brian Boyle scored the game-deciding goal for the Devils in the fifth round of the shootout, while Keith Kinkaid stopped 34 of 36 shots (.944 SV%) and four out of the five attempts made by Nashville in the shootout.

 

The club is 7-6-1 (4-2-1 away) vs. the Central and is 12-11-3 (5-4-1 away) vs. all Western Conference opponents.

 

New Jersey is 3-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena since the 2013-14 season. The last time the Devils failed to pick up a point against Nashville in a season series was in 2010-11 (0-1-0). The two teams did not meet in the 2012-13 season.

 

The Devils were 3-3 while shorthanded against the Predators and have only allowed one power play goal in the clubs last 11 games (22-23, 95.7%), which ranks first in the NHL in that time period.

 

Sami Vatanen recorded his fourth goal of the season, 7:13 into the first period.  Over the past six games, Vatanen has six points (2G-4A) and leads all Devils defensemen with 25 points (3G-22A) since December 1.

 

Miles Wood and Will Butcher had the assists on Vatanen’s goal.  It was Butcher’s 32nd assist of the season, which leads all rookie defensemen.

 

In addition to the game-deciding goal, Boyle scored the Devils second goal of the game on a deflection, 11:24 into the second frame.  The goal was Boyle’s 13th of the season, tying his season totals from 2016-17 (13G-12A-25PTS).

 

Damon Severson and Patrick Maroon picked up the assists on Boyle’s goal. It was Maroon’s 20th assist of the season and his fifth point (1G-4A) in six games played as a Devil.

 

Kinkaid improved to 3-1-0 in his career against the Predators and is 7-3-0 in his last 10 starts.

 

 

TONIGHT vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

 

The Devils will close out their season series against the Golden Knights after dropping their first meeting, 3-2, on Mar. 4. With the loss, New Jersey fell to 6-3-1 in their first game against expansion teams, and 19-4-3 overall against teams in their inaugural season. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs at T-Mobile Arena.

 

New Jersey is 5-5-2 against the Pacific Division. On their six-game road-trip, four of their six opponents are from the Pacific. Vegas is tied for the 7th best Home record in the league, earning 50 of a possible 64 points.

 

Sami Vatanen scored his third goal of the season, his second with New Jersey, on the power play during the first period. Taylor Hall and Patrick Maroon had the assists on the man-advantage.

 

Hall went on to score the Devils second goal of the game, for his 30th goal of the season. He led the club with two points on the evening.  It was also his 21st multi-point game of the season, tying his previous career-high (2013-14, EDM).

 

Cory Schneider stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.

 

David Perron led the Golden Knights with 2PTS (1G-1A), while Tomas Tatar scored the game winning goal on the power play at 17:43 of the second period.

 

Former Devil Jon Merrill (2013-17) notched one assist on the Golden Knights first goal.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 22 games missed
Zacha – day-to-day (upper-body), two games missed.
Zajac – day-to-day (upper-body), one game missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 204

 

MILESTONES

 

KINKAID – 2GP for 100GP

LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL

STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL, 5PIM for 500 in career

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 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 1.16 points-per-game.

  1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
  2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
  3. Taylor Hall – .93 (136 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-32A-34PTS), 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 19-8-8 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 22:28. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and is currently averaging 24:47 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has 8GP in a row of at least 23 minutes, Feb. 24-Mar. 10.

 

Devils Day In History – March 14

 

In his hometown of Montreal, Que., Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record of 551 career regular season victories.  With 1G-1A-2PTS, Patrik Elias tied John MacLean’s franchise record of 701 career points.

 

 

 

 

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