Devils Pre-Game: 3/27/18

New Jersey Devils (39-28-8) vs Carolina Hurricanes (33-31-11)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • The One Jersey Network

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LAST GAME – MARCH 24: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 vs TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 1

 

New Jersey defeated Tampa Bay, 2-1, and swept their season-series, 3-0-0. The last time the Devils swept Tampa Bay in a season series was the 2008-09 season (4-0-0). After their win, New Jersey is the only team to defeat Tampa Bay three times in the 2017-18 regular season.

 

The Devils are 7-3-0 against the Lightning at home and 9-7-2 overall against Tampa Bay since the 2012-13 season. Additionally, New Jersey is 19-14-3 at home this season, while the Lightning are 24-12-2 on the road and own the second-best road record in the league.

 

New Jersey closed out their 15th of 16 back-to-back sets against the Lightning. The club is 8-5-2 in first games and 7-8-0 in second games.  The Devils finish their final set of back-to-back games Mar. 31 vs the New York Islanders and Apr. 1 at Montreal.

 

Nico Hischier opened the scoring for New Jersey with his 18th goal, and 49th point of the season.  Hischier is one-point shy of becoming just the fifth Devils rookie to record 50 plus points (last time, Adam Henrique 2011-12 – 51 PTS).

 

Will Butcher notched his 34th assist of the season on Hischier’s goal.  With the assist, Butcher tied with Eric Weinrich (1990-91) and Viacheslav Fetisov (1989-90) for most assists by a Devils rookie defenseman.

 

Kyle Palmieri netted the game-winning goal for New Jersey, his 21st of the year 10:59 into the second frame. Palmieri needs five more goals to tie his 2016-17 season total of 26.

 

Taylor Hall recorded the secondary assist on Palmieri’s goal, extending his current point streak to four games.  Hall is tied with Zach Parise (2009-10), for sixth since 2005-06 and 11th all-time, for points by a Devils in a single season with 82. 

 

Pavel Zacha added the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal. Zacha has an assist in each his last two games played, since returning from an upper-body injury.

 

Mirco Mueller returned to the Devils lineup and added an assist on Hischier’s goal in 17:06 TOI. The assist was Mueller’s first point since Nov. 11 vs Edmonton.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 35 of 36 shots in the victory and improved to 2-1-1 with a .915 SV% and 2.43 GAA in his career against the Lightning.

 

 

TONIGHT vs CAROLINA HURRICANES

 

The Devils will face-off against the Hurricanes for the final time in the regular season and continue their current four-game homestand (1-0-0). New Jersey fell, 3-1, to Carolina in their last meeting on Mar. 2, but are 2-1-0 against the Hurricanes in their season series.

 

New Jersey is 5-4-1 at home and 13-8-1 overall against Carolina since 2012-13. This season, the Devils are 25-15-5 vs. Eastern Conference opponents and 13-9-1 against the Metropolitan Division. 

 

Keith Kinkaid has started all three games against the Hurricanes this season and boasts a .940 SV% and a 1.97 GAA. In his career against Carolina, Kinkaid is 6-2-0 with a .946 SV% and a 1.72 GAA. Additionally, Kinkaid is 11-5-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2017-18.

 

Taylor Hall scored the Devils lone goal in their last meeting, and has three points (2G-1A) in three games played against the Hurricanes this season.

 

Sami Vatanen and Kyle Palmieri had the assists on Hall’s goal and were both tied for the team-lead with five shots apiece.

 

Nico Hischier still leads the Devils with four points (2G-2A) in their season-series against Carolina, while Brett Pesce, Justin Williams and Victor Rask each have three points for the Hurricanes. 

 

Travis Zajac leads all Devils with 28 points (10G-18A) in 44 games played in his career vs the Hurricanes, while Justin Williams has 30 PTS (6G-24A) in 43 games against the Devils.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 28 games missed
WOOD – day-to-day (upper-body), three games missed. 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 218

 

MILESTONES

 

MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL

NOESEN – 3GP for 100 w/ NJ

MAROON – 4A for 100 NHL

COLEMAN – 5GP for 100 NHL

BOYLE – 8PTS for 200 NHL

LOVEJOY – 8PTS for 100 NHL

SEVERSON – 8PTS for 100 NHL

STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL, 3PIM 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™.

 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently announced that tickets for the 2018 Global Series, including the Devils pre-season game in Bern, Switzerland and season opener in Gothenburg, Sweden, sold out in a matter of minutes.

 

#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.

 

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

 

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an average time-on-ice of 22:38. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and is currently averaging 24:21 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has played 23 minutes or more in 12 of his last 14 games played.

 

H-ALL NEW HEIGHTS

 

Taylor Hall has set career highs in goals (33) and points (82) through 70 games played this season, passing his previous career highs set in 2013-14 with Edmonton. Hall is only four assists from tying his previous career high of 53, also set during 2013-14.

 

Hall is also the first Devils player to reach the 80-point mark (33G-48A-82PTS) in a season since Ilya Kovalchuk (37G-46A-83PTS) in 2011-12. Hall is tied with Zach Parise (2009-10), for sixth since 2005-06 and 11th all-time, for points by a Devil in a single season with 82. Additionally, Hall (82) has a 33-point lead over Nico Hischier (49), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – Patrik Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).

 

 

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).

 

 

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 .95 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 – .95 (142 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). 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 (18G-31A-49PTS), Will Butcher (3G-34A-37PTS), 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 21-8-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 29-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 48-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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