Devils Pre-Game: 4/3/18

New Jersey Devils (42-28-9) vs New York Rangers (34-36-9)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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Pre-Game Availability *
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10:30 AM at Prudential Center*

 

LAST GAME – APRIL 1: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 at MONTREAL CANADIENS 1

 

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, and finished their season series 2-0-1 against Montreal. New Jersey has points in six consecutive games (5-0-1), March 23-April 1.  

 

The club also closed out the 16th and final set of back-to-back games. The Devils finished 2017-18 9-5-2 in the first games and 8-8-0 in second games of back-to-backs.

 

The Devils are 13-6-4 vs. the Atlantic Division in 2017-18.  New Jersey is 3-4-2 at the Bell Centre and 6-7-5 overall against the Canadiens since the 2012-13 season. 

 

Taylor Hall’s shorthanded goal in the third period gave New Jersey the outright lead for the most shorthanded goals in the league this season with 12.  This is the fifth time in Devils history that the club has scored 12+ shorthanded goals in a season (2008-09=12, 2011-12=15,1991-92=15, 1987-88=15). (*Credit Craig Seiden, WFAN/TOJN Digital Statistician)

 

Hall’s shorthanded goal was the first of his career, and his seventh game-winning goal of the season. The goal marks Hall’s 89th point this season, tying Brian Gionta (2005-06) for the fourth most points in a single season by a Devil.  Hall extended his point streak to eight games, which is the longest active streak in the NHL (6G-7A-13PTS), and has four goals in his last three games.

 

Travis Zajac had the primary assist on Hall’s shorthanded goal and finished with four points (2G-2A) against the Canadiens this season. Zajac has 21 points (6G-15A) in his career vs Montreal.

 

Nico Hischier tied the game 26 seconds into the third period, which was the Devils fastest goal to start a period this season.  The rookie’s 19th goal tied him with Scott Gomez (1999-2000) for fourth most goals by a Devils rookie (1999-2000).  Additionally, Hischier tied Adam Henrique (2011-12) for the fourth most points by a Devils rookie, with 51.

 

Sami Vatanen had the primary assist on Hischier’s goal. Vatanen is now only one assist shy of tying his career high of 29, set back in the 2015-16 season with the Anaheim Ducks.

 

Kyle Palmieri added the secondary assist on Hischier’s goal, extending his point streak to five games (4G-3A-7PTS).

 

 

TONIGHT vs NEW YORK RANGERS

 

New Jersey will complete their season series against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center, after going 2-1-0 in their first three meetings this season. 

 

The Devils are 6-4-2 at home (includes loss at Yankee Stadium) and are 10-11-3 overall against the Rangers since the 2012-13 season.

 

In their last meeting, the Devils defeated the Rangers, 4-3, after a four-round shootout. It was New Jersey’s third shootout win and the club is now 5-4 in shootouts this season. The club set two season-highs, with 48 total shots and 23 shots in the second period.

 

Brian Boyle tied the game on the power play in the third period to force OT. He then scored the game-deciding-goal (3rd career) for the win. In his career, Boyle is 4-11 in the shootout, with four game-deciding-goals.

 

John Moore, in his 400TH NHL game, opened the scoring for the Devils. While Blake Coleman scored his first career SHG and now has three SHG on the season.

 

Kyle Palmieri (2A), Taylor Hall (1A), Nico Hischier (1A) and Steven Santini (1A) also chipped in with assists.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 25 of 28 shots and three of four shootout attempts in his only start against NYR this season. Schneider is 6-6-3 against the Rangers in his career with a .916 SV% and a 2.49 GAA.

 

Keith Kinkaid is 1-1-0 in his only two starts vs the Rangers in his career, which both came earlier this season.

 

Michael Grabner was acquired from the Rangers on Feb. 22 for 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).

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – day-to-day, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 32 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 223

 

MILESTONES

 

NOESEN 100th game w/ NJ, Mar. 31 vs NYI

MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL

JOHANSSON – 3A for 200 NHL

MAROON – 4A for 100 NHL

COLEMAN – 1GP 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 – 7A for 300 NHL, 10PIM for 300 in career

 

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. 
Apr. 01: Activated F Marcus Johansson off injured reserve. 

 

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 22:45. On Feb. 13 at Philadelphia he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and averaged 24:23 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he has played 23 minutes or more in 15 of his last 18 games played.

Since being traded to the Devils, Vatanen leads all Devils defensemen with 28PTS (3G-25A). He is one assist shy of tying his career high of 29, that he set with Anaheim in 2015-16. 

 

H-ALL NEW HEIGHTS

 

Taylor Hall has set new career highs in goals (37) and points (89) through 74 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.

 

In the 2018 calendar year, Hall has recorded points in 35 of 38 games he has played, registering 53PTS (25G-28A). (*Credit Chris Ryan, NJ.com) Hall only has less points than Evgeni Malkin (PIT-60PTS) and Connor McDavid (EDM-60PTS) in 2018. 

 

Hall is also the first Devils player to reach the 80-point mark (37G-52A-89PTS) in a season since Ilya Kovalchuk (37G-46A-83PTS) in 2011-12. Hall is tied for second with Brian Gionta (2005-06) since 2005-06, trailing only Zach Parise (2008-09), and is 4th all-time for points by a Devil in a single season with 89 (tie, Gionta 05-06). Additionally, Hall (89) has a 38-point lead over Nico Hischier (51), 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).

 

Hall has a current eight-game point streak (6G-7A-13PTS), lasting from March 18 to April 1, which is currently the longest such streak in the NHL.

 

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 1.20 points-per-game.

  1. Taylor Hall – .97 (146 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 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 (19G-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.

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 24-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 32-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 51-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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