Devils Pre-Game: 4/5/18

New Jersey Devils (43-28-9) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (48-25-7)
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 3: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 5 vs NEW YORK RANGERS 2

The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers in the fourth and final matchup of the regular season, 5-2.  New Jersey finished the season series against the Rangers, 3-1-0, and extended their point streak to seven games (6-0-1).

 

The Devils are 7-4-2 at home (includes loss at Yankee Stadium), and are 11-11-3 overall against the Rangers since the 2012-13 season.

 

New Jersey went 3-4 on the power play, marking the third time this season the club has scored at least three power play goals in a contest (Mar. 6 vs MTL, and Oct. 7 vs COL).

 

Travis Zajac had 2PTS (1G-1A), for his seventh multi-point game of the season.  Zajac opened the scoring 25 seconds into the game, for the fastest goal to start a game/period this season by the Devils.  It was career goal 167 for Zajac, surpassing Petr Sykora for seventh place Devils history.

 

Taylor Hall led the Devils with 4PTS (2G-2A), including a penalty shot goal in the second period, and reached the four-point mark for the second time this year (also, Oct. 19 at OTT). Hall’s 93 points this season ranks fourth for most points by a Devil in a single season, and he is the fourth Devil to reach the 90-point mark (first since Zach Parise in the 2008-09 season). Hall also set a new career high in assists with 54 (previously, 53 in 2013-14), extended his goal streak to four games (6G) and point streak to nine games (8G-9A-17PTS).

 

Will Butcher recorded the first multi-goal game of his career when he notched two power play goals, including the game-winning goal in the first period. He now has scored three of his five goals on the power play this season. With 44PTS, Butcher moved into ninth all time for points by a Devils rookie (passed: Viacheslav Fetisov-1989-90, Petr Sykora-1995-96, and Travis Zajac-2006-07) and now has the most points by a Devils rookie defenseman.

 

Kyle Palmieri extended his point streak to six games (4G-4A=8PTS) tallying the primary assist, his 20th of the season, on Butcher’s first power play goal. 

 

Blake Coleman played in his 100th NHL/Devils game tonight, tallying an assist on Zajac’s goal, and his fourth point in four games (2G-2A).

 

Keith Kinkaid started in his third game against the Rangers this season, stopping 22 of 24 shots he faced (.917 SV%).  Kinkaid finished the season series against the Rangers, 2-1-0, and improved to 15-3-1 with a .927 SV% in his last 19 starts.

 

 

TONIGHT vs TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

 

New Jersey will close out their season series and play their first game at Prudential Center, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils are 1-0-1 in 2017-18 and 5-2-0 against the Leafs at Prudential Center since 2012-13.

 

Tonight’s game will also be the Devils final home game and match up against an Atlantic Division opponent in the 2017-18 regular season. New Jersey is 22-14-4 at home after finishing 16-17-8 at home in 2016-17, and 13-6-4 against Atlantic Division opponents.

 

In their last meeting on Nov. 16, the Devils lost in OT, 1-0, to Toronto and were shutout for the second time this season (Oct. 20; 0-3 vs. SJ). New Jersey out-shot the Maple Leafs, 42-25. 

 

Travis Zajac made his season-debut after missing the first 17 games due to a torn left-pectoral muscle. Zajac has 3PTS (1G-2A) in his last two games played, Apr. 1-3.  
Cory Schneider stopped 24 of 25 shots (.960 save%) and is 1-0-1 with a .947 SV% and a 1.92 GAA against Toronto in 2017-18.

 

The Devils defeated the Maple Leafs on Oct. 11, 6-3, in their third game of the season. Schneider stopped a career high 47 shots in the win, while Brian Gibbons scored a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal which was the first ever 3-on-5 goal in Devils’ history.

 

Keith Kinkaid has not faced Toronto this season, but is 0-1-1 with a .922 SV% and a 2.58 GAA in 3GP against Toronto in his career.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – day-to-day, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 33 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 224

 

MILESTONES

 

COLEMAN – 100th NHL Game, 4/4/18 vs NYR

MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL

JOHANSSON – 3A for 200 NHL

MAROON – 4A for 100 NHL

ZAJAC – 6A for 300 NHL, 10PIM for 300 in career

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

 

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. 
Apr. 03: Assigned F Michael McLeod from Mississauga (OHL) to Binghamton (AHL).

 

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 22:43. 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 19 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 (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall has recorded points in 36 of 39 games he has played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A). (*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 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09. Hall is second in points since 2005-06, trailing only Zach Parise (2008-09), and is 4th all-time for points by a Devil in a single season with 93. Additionally, Hall (93) has a 42-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 nine-game point streak (8G-9A-17PTS), lasting from March 18 to April 3, 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 .99 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he has 1.24 points-per-game.

  1. Taylor Hall – .99 (147 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-51PTS), Will Butcher (5G-39A-44PTS), 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 and owns the record for most points by a Devils rookie defenseman.  

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 24-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 33-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 52-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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