Devils Pre-Game: 3/31/18

New Jersey Devils (40-28-9) vs New York Islanders (32-35-10)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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LAST GAME – MARCH 29: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 4 OT

The Devils fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth and final matchup of the regular season in overtime, 4-3.  The club finished the season-series against the Penguins, 3-0-1, and fell to 6-3-1 in their last ten games.

 

New Jersey is now 2-0-1 on their four-game home stand. This season, the Devils are 26-15-6 vs. Eastern Conference opponents and 14-9-2 against the Metropolitan Division.

 

New Jersey was 2-2 on the penalty kill, and ended the regular season series without allowing a power play goal to the Penguins (7-7).  Pittsburgh currently ranks first in the league on the power play.

 

Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for the Devils, notching his fifth point in three games (4G–1A), and his third straight game with a goal.  Palmieri is now only six goals shy of tying his career high (30).

 

Nico Hischier tallied his 50th point on Palmieri’s goal, when he recorded the primary assist. Hischier is the fifth rookie to reach the 50-point mark in team history, and the first since Adam Henrique (16G-35A-51PTS) in the 2011-12 season.

 

Taylor Hall notched his 11th power play goal of the season, 14:41 into the second period.  Hall’s 86th point of the season tied Kirk Muller for seventh all-time in Devils history. Hall also extended his point-streak to six games (3G-7A-10PTS).

 

Will Butcher had the lone helper on Hall’s goal, his 37th assist of the season. Butcher ranks 20th, for most assists by a NHL rookie defenseman (credit Craig Seiden, WFAN/TOJN Digital Statistician).  Additionally, Butcher is the fourth rookie defenseman in Devils franchise history to reach the 40-point mark in a season and the first since Scott Niedermayer, during the 1992-93 season.

 

Hischier and Butcher are also the first pair of rookies in ‪Devils franchise history to record 40+ points in the same season.

 

Blake Coleman scored New Jersey’s third goal of the game, his 12th of the season. Coleman had 4PTS (3G-1A) in four games against the Penguins in 2017-18.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 35 shots, which was the first time he allowed more than three goals against the Penguins in four starts this season. Kinkaid fell to 3-2-2, with a .905 SV% and a 3.39 GAA in his career against Pittsburgh. 

 

TONIGHT vs NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

The Devils will close out their four-game homestand (2-0-1) and their season series against the New York Islanders tonight at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 2-0-1 in their first three games in the season series, and defeated the Islanders, 2-1, on Feb. 24 on Patrik Elias Jersey Retirement Night.  

 

Kyle Palmieri notched both goals for the Devils, while Taylor Hall had assists on both goals. Hall recorded assists (2A) on both of Palmieri’s goals and extended his personal points-streak to 21 games, which eventually ended at 26 games on Mar. 8 vs WPG.

 

Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier both chipped in with one assist, while Michael Grabner appeared in his first game as a Devil and became just the 11th player in NHL history to play at least one game for the Devils, Islanders (297GP), and Rangers (135GP) in his career.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 30 of 31 shots, and improved to 2-0-0 with a .965 SV% and a 1.00 GAA against the Islanders in 2017-18. In his career, Kinkaid is 2-3-2 and has a .910 SV% and 2.61 GAA vs the Islanders.  

 

Hall leads the Devils with 5 points (2G-3A) in their season series against New York, while Mathew Barzal has three assists in 3 GP for the Islanders.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 30 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 221

 

MILESTONES

 

MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL

NOESEN – 1GP for 100 w/ NJ

MAROON – 4A for 100 NHL

COLEMAN – 3GP 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 – 8A for 300 NHL, 10PIM for 300 in career

JOHANSSON (I.R.)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

 
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.

 

“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 22:39. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and is currently averaging 24:10 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has played 23 minutes or more in 13 of his last 16 games played.

 

H-ALL NEW HEIGHTS

 

Taylor Hall has set new career highs in goals (34) and points (86) through 72 games played this season, passing his previous highs set in 2013-14 with Edmonton. Hall is one assist away 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 (34G-51A-86PTS) in a season since Ilya Kovalchuk (37G-46A-83PTS) in 2011-12. Hall ranks third since 2005-06, trailing only Zach Parise (2008-09) and Brian Gionta (2005-06), and is tied for 6th all-time for points by a Devil in a single season with 86 (tied, Kirk Mueller 1987-88). Additionally, Hall (86) has a 36-point lead over Nico Hischier (50), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. 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 (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. 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 win 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 .96 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.19 points-per-game.

  1. Taylor Hall – .97 (144 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-32A-50PTS), Will Butcher (3G-37A-40PTS), 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).

 

Additionally, Butcher is tied for third with Kirk Muller (1984-85) for most assists (37) by a Devils rookie skater. He trails Kevin Todd (1991-92) by five assists for second.

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 22-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 30-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 49-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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