New Jersey Devils (41-28-9) at Montreal Canadiens (28-38-12)
7:00 PM ET • Bell Centre • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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LAST GAME – MARCH 31: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4 vs NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3
The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3, in their fourth and final matchup, finishing their season series 3-0-1 against the Islanders.
New Jersey finished their four-game homestand, 3-0-1, and opened their 16th and final set of back-to-back games. The club is 9-5-2 in first games.
This season, the Devils are 27-15-6 vs. Eastern Conference opponents and 15-9-2 against the Metropolitan Division.
Stefan Noesen tied the game at 1, 7:54 into the first period, tallying his 13th goal of the season and his fifth multi-point game. Noesen also played in his 100th game with the New Jersey Devils.
Will Butcher set the Devils franchise record for most assists by a rookie defenseman, recording two assists on the night (38 and 39th of the season). Butcher extended his point-streak to five games (1G-6A). He now ranks 13th in assists all-time by a rookie defenseman. (credit Craig Seiden, WFAN/TOJN Digital Statistician).
Taylor Hall notched his 35th and 36th goals of the season, his fourth multi-goal game, and his 26th multi-point game. Hall now has the fifth most points all-time by a Devil in a single season with 88, and is tied for the most multi-point games in a single season with 26. Hall also extended his point-streak to seven games (5G-7A).
Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist, for his fourth multi-point game of the season. He scored the game-winning goal on the penalty kill and his third shorthanded goal of the season which is the fourth most in the NHL (tie, nine others). Coleman’s goal was the Devils 11th shorthanded goal of the season, and are now tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the mot in the NHL.
Keith Kinkaid started his fifth consecutive game in net, stopping 27 of 30 shots he faced (.900%). Kinkaid finished 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season
TONIGHT AT MONTREAL CANADIENS
The Devils will face-off against Montreal for the third and final time in 2017-18 and currently lead the season series, 1-0-1. In their last meeting on Mar. 6 at Prudential Center, New Jersey defeated Montreal, 6-4. In their first meeting the Devils fell, 2-1, in OT on Dec. 14 at Bell Centre.
Tonight’s game will also close out the 16th and final back-to-back sets. The Devils are 7-8-0 in second games of back-to-backs.
The club is 12-6-4 vs. the Atlantic Division in 2017-18. The club is 2-4-2 at the Bell Centre and 5-7-5 overall against the Canadiens since the 2012-13 season.
On Mar. 6 against Montreal, New Jersey netted six goals, tying their second highest (10/9 @ BUF, 10/11 @ TOR) total of the season. The season high was recorded on Nov. 12, when the team scored seven goals at Chicago (W 7-5).
New Jersey went 3-5 on the power play against Montreal. The last time the Devils scored three power play goals was the club’s first game of the season, 4-1 W Oct. 6 vs COL, where the Devils went 3-4 on the power play.
Taylor Hall had two assists on Mar. 6, in his only game against the Canadiens this season, and has 11PTS (3G-8A) in 12 games against Montreal in his career.
Travis Zajac notched three points in the first period (2G-1A). Zajac was the fourth Devil to post three points in one period this season (J. Bratt – 10/9 @ BUF, T. Hall – 11/24 vs VAN, B. Boyle – 12/18 vs ANA).
Will Butcher (2A), Blake Coleman (1G-1A), Brian Boyle (1G-1A), Kyle Palmieri (2A) and Sami Vatanen (2A) also had multi-point games for the Devils.
Patrick Maroon scored his first career goal (GW) as a Devil, tallying his fourth point in his first four games as a Devil (1G-3A-4PTS).
Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 shots he faced (.870 SV%). He is 2-3-0 vs. MTL in his career.
Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 38 shots on Dec. 14th in the OT loss, and is 1-2-4 with a .914 SV% and a 2.76 GAA in his career against the Canadiens.
Zajac leads the Devils with three points against the Canadiens, while eight other Devils are tied with two points apiece.
JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 31 games missed
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 222
NOESEN – 100th game w/ NJ, Mar. 31 vs NYI
MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL
MAROON – 4A for 100 NHL
COLEMAN – 2GP 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
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.
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 14 of his last 17 games played.
*As of Mar. 31
H-ALL NEW HEIGHTS
Taylor Hall has set new career highs in goals (36) and points (88) through 73 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 (36G-51A-88PTS) 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 5th all-time for points by a Devil in a single season with 88, passing John MacLean (1988-89). Additionally, Hall (88) has a 38-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).
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 .97 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.21 points-per-game.
- Taylor Hall – .97 (145 GP)
- Kirk Muller – .94 (556GP)
- Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
- Ilya Kovalchuk- .91 (222 GP)
- 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-39A-42PTS), 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 now third, passing Kirk Muller (1984-85) for most assists (39) by a Devils rookie skater. He trails Kevin Todd (1991-92) by three assists for second.
The Devils are 23-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 31-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 50-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.