Devils Pre-Game: 3/17/18

New Jersey Devils (36-26-8) at Los Angeles Kings (39-26-6)
1:00 PM PT • Staples Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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LAST GAME – MARCH 14: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 8 at VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3

 

New Jersey won their second and final game against the Vegas Golden Knights, 8-3, finishing their 2017-18 season series 1-1-0 against Vegas. In the victory, the Devils set a season high for goals in a game with eight (previously seven, Nov. 12 at CHI, 7-5 W). The last time the Devils scored eight goals in a game was Nov. 25, 2005 in an 8-2 win at Tampa Bay. Additionally, the club tied a season high for goals in a period, when they scored four goals in the second (also, Oct. 9 at BUF, Nov. 12 at CHI and Mar. 6 vs. MTL).

 

Blake Coleman opened the scoring on the penalty kill, recording the Devils ninth short-handed goal of the season. New Jersey is now tied for second in the league in shorthanded goals with BUF, ANA and EDM. Coleman added his second goal of the game in the third period, for his third multi-point game of the season and his first multi-goal game of his career.

 

Travis Zajac tied Petr Sykora for 7th in franchise history when he scored the 166th goal of his career. Stefan Noesen had the game-winning goal, 2:31 into the second period.

 

Taylor HallNico Hischier, and Michael Grabner each had a goal and an assist. It was Grabner’s fifth multi-point game of the season and his first points as a Devil.

 

Brian Gibbons added two assists for his first points since returning to the Devils lineup Mar. 8 vs. Winnipeg, after missing 22 games Jan. 22-Mar. 6, with a broken thumb.

 

Kyle Palmieri scored his eighth power play goal of the season with help from Patrick Maroon. Maroon has six points (1G-5A) in seven games played with New Jersey.

 

Andy GreeneWill ButcherDamon SeversonBrian Boyle and Sami Vatanen each chipped in with an assist.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 39 of 42 shots (.929 SV%) and earned his 18th victory of the season. He 8-2-0 in his last 10 starts.

 

 

TONIGHT vs LOS ANGELES KINGS

 

New Jersey will close out their season series against Los Angeles after defeating the Kings, 5-1, Dec. 12 at Prudential Center and snapping the Kings eight-game winning streak. Los Angeles will be the clubs third stop on their season long six-game road trip. The Devils are 2-0-0 after defeating Nashville and Vegas.

 

The Devils are 6-5-2 against the Pacific Division and 13-11-3 against all Western Conference opponents. Since the 2013-14 season, the club is 3-1-0 against the Kings at Staples Center and 4-4-0 overall.

 

New Jersey held the Kings to 17 shots on Dec. 12, which is their second lowest shot total against in 2017-18 (Feb. 3 vs. PIT, 3-1 W, 16 shots against).

 

Taylor Hall led the Devils in their first meeting with two goals (PP/GW, EV) in only 16:31 TOI. Hall left the game and did not return, after suffering a right-knee contusion in the third period.

 

Brian Gibbons also recorded two points (1G-1A) for the Devils and scored his team-leading third shorthanded goal of the season at 19:49 of the third period. Gibbons is tied for first in the league with five shorthanded points (3G-2A) and third with three shorthanded goals.

 

Travis Zajac and Brian Boyle scored the other two goals for the Devils, while Will ButcherJimmy HayesStefan NoesenBlake Coleman and Jesper Bratt each picked up one assist.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 16 of 17 shots (.941 SV%) in the win. Schneider is 5-4-0 (.923 SV%, 2.05 GAA) in his career against the Kings, while Keith Kinkaid is 2-0-0 (.984 SV%, 0.37 GAA) with one shutout in 3GP against Los Angeles.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 23 games missed
Zacha – day-to-day (upper-body), three games missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 206

 

MILESTONES

 

KINKAID – 1GP for 100GP

LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL

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

ZAJAC – 10a for 300 NHL, 12PIM for 300 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.
Mar. 16: Signed F Brett Seney to a two-year, entry-level contract. The contract will begin with the 2018-19 season.

 

 

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.

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

 

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an average time-on-ice of 22:30. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and is currently averaging 24:41 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has 9GP in a row of at least 23 minutes, Feb. 24-Mar. 10.

 

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. Lemieux (PIT – 46GP, 1989-90)
  2. Sundin (QUE – 30GP, 1992-93)
  3. Yzerman (DET – 28GP, 1988-89)
  4. Lemieux (PIT – 28GP, 1995-96)
  5. Kane (CHI – 26GP, 2015-16)
  6. Hall (NJD – 26GP, 2017-18)
  7. Gretzky (LAK – 25GP, 1990-91)
  8. Hull (STL – 25GP, 1991-92)
  9. Crosby (PIT – 25GP, 2010-11)

 

Hall is also the first Devils player to reach the 70-point mark (31G-45A-76PTS) 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. Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
  2. Taylor Hall – .94 (137 GP)
  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). Grabner scored his first points as a Devil Mar. 14 at Vegas, when he recorded a goal and an assist.

 

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.

 

 

THREE OF A KIND

 

Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (15G-30A-45PTS), Will Butcher (2G-33A-35PTS), 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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