Devils Pre-Game: 3/20/18

New Jersey Devils (37-27-8) at San Jose Sharks (40-23-9)
7:30 PM PT • SAP Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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11:30 AM PT Morning Skate at SAP Center*

 

LAST GAME – MARCH 18: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 at ANAHEIM DUCKS 4

 

New Jersey dropped their first game on their season high six-game road trip (3-1-0) after falling to the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2. The Devils finished their season series 1-1-0 against the Ducks and are 1-4-0 at Honda Center and 3-6-1 overall against Anaheim 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.

 

The Devils also closed out their 14th of 16 back-to-back sets. The club is 7-5-2 in first games and 6-8-0 in second games of back-to-backs.

 

Four former Ducks, Kyle Palmieri (2010-15), Patrick Maroon (2011-16), Sami Vatanen (2012-17) and Stefan Noesen (2014-17) recorded points for the Devils in the loss.

 

Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for New Jersey, notching his 20th goal of the season, and ninth power play goal. Palmieri has reached the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his career and has reached that mark in each of his three seasons with New Jersey.

 

Patrick Maroon notched his 16th goal of the season in the second period. It was Maroon’s seventh point in eight games with the Devils.

 

Sami Vatanen had an assist and led the Devils with 25:52 TOI in his first game back at Honda Center since being traded to New Jersey. Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 27PTS (3G-24A) in 47 GP with New Jersey.

 

Stefan Noesen chipped in with his 13th assist on Maroon’s goal and has set career-highs in all offensive categories this season with 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points.

 

Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall added assists on Palmieri’s power play goal. Hall is three points away from matching his career-high of 80 points he set with the Oilers during the 2014-15 season.

 

Keith Kinkaid started his fourth consecutive game and stopped 32 out of 36 shots. He fell to 0-4-0 against the Ducks in his career.

 

 

TONIGHT at SAN JOSE SHARKS

 

The Devils will end the Western Conference portion of their six-game road trip, against the San Jose Sharks, in their second and final meeting in the 2017-18 regular season. New Jersey will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday to close out their road trip. The Devils are 7-6-2 against the Pacific Division (2-1-0 on this trip) and 14-12-3 against all Western Conference opponents (3-1-0 on this trip).

 

New Jersey fell to San Jose, 3-0, in their first meeting on Oct. 20 at Prudential Center. It was the first time this season the Devils were shutout (also, four other times this season 11/16 at TOR, 12/2 at ARI, 1/22 vs. DET, 1/25 vs. NSH).

 

The Devils are 2-2-0 at SAP Center since the 2013-14 season and 9-7-1 overall at San Jose since their inaugural season in 1991-92.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 30 of 33 shots (.909 SV%) in his third start of the season. San Jose’s Martin Jones turned away all 28 shots that he faced and improved to 4-1-0 with a .949 SV% and a 1.19 GAA in his career against the Devils.

 

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is 4-6-2 with a .909 SV% and a 3.13 GAA in his career against San Jose.

 

Forward Taylor Hall leads the Devils with 11G-12A-23PTS in 27 GP in his career against the Sharks, while San Jose forward Joe Thornton has 50 PTS (20G-30A) in 43 GP. Thornton’s 1.16 PTS/GP against the Devils is the third highest total against any team in his career. He only has a higher rate of production against the Vegas Golden Knights (2 PTS in 1 GP, 2.0 PTS/GP) and the Nashville Predators (62 PTS in 52 GP, 1.19 PTS/GP).

 

Mirco Mueller had 17:13 TOI in his first game against his former club after he was traded to New Jersey by San Jose, along with a 2018 5th round choice for New Jersey’s 2nd round (Mario Ferraro, SJS) and 4th round (Brandon Crawley, NYR) picks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

 

Devils Assistant Coach Ryane Clowe was drafted by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Draft and recorded 271 PTS (101G-171A) in 423 GP in parts of eight seasons (2005-2013) with the Sharks, while Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer held the same position with New Jersey for parts of four seasons (2011-14).

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 25 games missed
Zacha – day-to-day (upper-body), five games missed.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 211

 

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 – 9a 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 22:34. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and is currently averaging 24:31 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has played 23 minutes or more in 10 of his last 11 games played.

 

 

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-46A-77PTS) 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 1.15 points-per-game.

  1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
  2. Taylor Hall – .94 (139 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 (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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