Devils Pre-Game: 4/7/18

New Jersey Devils (44-28-9) at Washington Capitals (48-26-7)
7:00 PM ET • Capital One Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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Pre-Game Availability *
subject to change

11:30 AM at Capital One Arena*

 

LAST GAME – APRIL 5: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 vs TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1

 

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1 and clinched their first playoff berth since the 2011-12 season.  It will be the Devils 23rd playoff appearance in the team’s history.

 

New Jersey is also the third team from 2013-17 to make the playoffs after having the number one overall pick in the NHL draft (’13-MacKinnon-COL, ’16-Matthews-TOR, ’17-Hischier-NJD). *credit Craig Seiden, WFAN/TOJN Digital Statistician.

 

The Devils finished their season series against the Maple Leafs, 2-0-1.  New Jersey extended their point streak to eight games (7-0-1), which ties their longest streak this season (also, 6-0-2, Dec. 12-29).

 

With the win, the Devils concluded their home schedule and games against Atlantic Division opponents in the 2017-18 regular season.  New Jersey finished 23-14-4 at home, after finishing 16-17-8 in 2016-17, and 14-6-4 against Atlantic Division opponents.

 

Pavel Zacha tied the game at 7:55 of the first period. It was Zacha’s eighth goal of the season, which matches his career-high that he set last season.

 

Miles Wood scored the game-winning goal, 17:02 into the second period and notched his first goal since Mar. 17 at LA. 

 

Patrick Maroon had assists on both Devils goals, marking his seventh multi-point game of the season, and second multi-point game since joining the Devils at the trade deadline (also, 3/1 at FLA – 2A).  Maroon has 10PTS (2G-8A) in 16GP with New Jersey.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 32 shots (.969%), improving his record to 7-0-1 in his last eight games.  Kinkaid is 1-1-1 with a .952 SV% in his career against Toronto.

 

TONIGHT AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS

 

Tonight’s game will close out the Devils regular season schedule and their four-game series against the Washington Capitals. New Jersey is 21-14-4 on the road, which is tied for the eighth best road record in the league.

 

The Devils are 1-2-0 against the Capitals this season and are 4-7-1 at Capital One Arena since the 2012-13 season. New Jersey lost, 5-2, on Dec. 30 in their first meeting at Capital One Arena this season.

 


In their last meeting on Jan. 18th at Prudential Center, the Devils defeated the Capitals, 4-3 in OT. Taylor Hall had 2PTS (1G-1A) including the game-winning goal in overtime. Hall’s nine-game point streak was snapped Thursday night against the Maple Leafs (8G-9A-17PTS), but Hall still has points in 36 out of 40 games in 2018.

 

Sami Vatanen recorded three assists, including one on Hall’s OT GWG. He leads the Devils with four points (4A) in two games against the Capitals this season.

 

Drew Stafford, Andy Greene and Miles Wood also added goals in the Devils victory.

 

Marcus Johansson had the lone assist on Stafford’s first period goal and has three assists in three games against his former team. Johansson has missed 34 games since sustaining a concussion on Jan. 23 against Boston.  

 

Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 16 of 19 for the victory and is 2-3-0 in his career against Washington.

 

Cory Schneider is 0-2-0 against the Capitals this season and 3-8-2 with a .912 SV% and a 2.50 GAA in his career.

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – day-to-day, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 34 games missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 225

 

MILESTONES

 

COLEMAN – 100th NHL Game, 4/3/18 vs NYR

MOORE – 1PT for 100 NHL

MAROON – 2A for 100 NHL

JOHANSSON – 3A for 200 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 22:45. 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 16 of his last 20 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 76 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall has recorded points in 36 of 40 games he has played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A). (*Credit Chris Ryan, NJ.com) Hall only has less points than Evgeni Malkin (PIT-61PTS) and Connor McDavid (EDM-61PTS) 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 had his nine-game point streak (8G-9A-17PTS), snapped on Apr. 5 vs. Toronto. The streak lasted from March 18 to April 3, and was the longest such streak in the NHL at the time.  

 

 

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 1.22 points-per-game.

  1. Taylor Hall – .99 (148 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 25-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 34-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 53-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

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