Devils Pre-Game: 3/18/18

New Jersey Devils (37-26-8) at Anaheim Ducks (36-24-12)
6:00 PM PT • Honda Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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Pre-Game Availability *
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3:45 PM PT outside the Devils locker room at Honda Center*

LAST GAME – MARCH 17: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 at Los Angeles Kings 0

 

New Jersey won their second and final game against the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, finishing their 2017-18 season series against the Kings 2-0-0. With the win, the Devils improve to 3-0-0 on their current six-game road trip. New Jersey is now 7-2-0 in their last nine road games, with a goal differential of +8. 

 

The Devils recorded their first shutout since Nov. 11 (at Vancouver, 2-0 W), and Keith Kinkaid’s first shutout of the season, and the fourth of his career. Kinkaid started his third straight game, and appeared in the 100th game of his NHL career. Since Feb. 13, Kinkaid has nine wins, which is tied for the second most in the league (M. Jones, SJ – 9 W, M.A Fleury, VGK – 9 W, P. Rinne, NSH – 11 W).

 

The Devils are 7-5-2 against the Pacific Division and 14-11-3 against all Western Conference opponents. Since the 2013-14 season, the club is 4-1-0 against the Kings at Staples Center and 6-4-0 overall.

 

Michael Grabner opened the scoring for the Devils with a shorthanded goal 8:29 into the first period.  Grabner now has two goals in two games, and three points in his last two (2G-1A). Additionally, the Devils are now tied for first in the NHL with 10 shorthanded goals.

 

Nico Hischier notched New Jersey’s second goal of the game 13:27 into the first with help from Damon Severson, and Brian Gibbons.  Hischier scored his 16th goal of the season, and his fifth point in five games (3G-2A). Severson has three assists in his last three games played, while Gibbons has three assists in his last two.

 

Miles Wood scored his 17th goal of the season, his first since Feb. 17 (10 GP). The goal came 6:06 into the third frame, with help from Brian Boyle. Boyle has 3PTS (1G-2A) in his last three games played.

 

 

TONIGHT at Anaheim Ducks

 

The Devils will close out their regular season series against the Anaheim Ducks after winning their first matchup on Dec. 18 at Prudential Center, 5-3. New Jersey’s final game against the Ducks in the regular season will close their 14th of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 7-5-2 in first games and 6-7-0 in second games of back-to-back sets.

 

New Jersey is 7-5-2 against the Pacific Division and 14-11-3 against all Western Conference opponents. The Devils are 1-3-0 at Honda Center and 3-5-1 overall against the Ducks since 2013-14. New Jersey’s last win at Honda Center was on Nov. 20, 2013 when Devils forward Travis Zajac scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

 

Miles Wood led the Devils with two goals in the clubs first meeting, for his third multi-goal game of the season. Brian Boyle had three assists, in the final 14:04 of the third period, on each of the final three Devils’ goals. It was Boyle’s second three-point game of the season, after he had one goal and two assists, the prior game against Dallas on Dec. 15.

 

Sami Vatanen had one assist in his first game against his former team, after being traded to the Devils for Adam Henrique, Joe Blandisi and a 2018 third round pick. Henrique led the Ducks with 2PTS (1G-1A) in his first game back at Prudential Center. Both players have exceled with their new teams since the trade on Nov. 30. Henrique has 27PTS (16G-11A) in 46 GP with the Ducks, while Vatanen has led all Devils defensemen with 26PTS (3G-23A) in 46 GP with the Devils.

 

Jesper Bratt (1G-1A) and Stefan Noesen also had multi-point games for the Devils. Noesen, notched the game-winning goal with 4:07 remaining in the final period and added a second goal, on an empty net, for his first career two-goal game. Bratt tied the game at three in the third and assisted Wood’s power play goal in the first period.

 

Andy GreenePavel Zacha and Blake Coleman also had one assist each for the Devils. 

 

Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 24 shots in the win and is 6-4-1 with a .905 SV% and 2.46 GAA in his career against the Ducks.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 24 games missed
Zacha – day-to-day (upper-body), four games missed. 
Maroon – day-to-day (lower-body), one game missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 209

 

MILESTONES

 

KINKAID – Played his 100th game, 3/17 at LA.

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. 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 24:20 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he had 9GP in a row of at least 23 minutes, Feb. 24-Mar. 14. 

*Prior to the Devils game against the Kings.

 

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).

 

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 .93 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.15 points-per-game.

  1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
  2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
  3. Taylor Hall – .93 (138 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 (16G-30A-46PTS), 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, 27-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 46-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

 

 

 

 

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