Devils Pre-Game: 4/16/18

New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network 
• CNBC • SN • TVAS2

Round 1 • Game 3 (TB leads the series 2-0)

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Pre-Game Availability *
subject to change

10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center*

April 14 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 5

 

The New Jersey Devils fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second game of a best-of-seven series, 5-3.  New Jersey trails in the series 2-0.

 

Ten players have made their playoff debut for the Devils this postseason and New Jersey is now 122-108 in the team’s playoff history.

 

Nico Hischier opened the scoring for the Devils 13:38 into the second period. Hischier’s goal made him the youngest player (19 years 100 days) in franchise history to score in a Stanley Cup Playoff game (Credit NHLPR).

 

Sami Vatanen scored New Jersey’s second goal 19:34 into the second period and his sixth career playoff goal. Andy Greene and Cory Schneider picked up the assists on Vatanen’s tally. Schneider’s assist made him the first Devils goaltender to record an assist since Martin Brodeur in 2012 (5/21/12 Game 4, ECF vs NYR. Credit Craig Seiden WFAN/TOJN Statistician).

 

Blake Coleman scored the Devils final goal of the game in the third period. It was Coleman’s first career playoff goal/point. Travis Zajac and John Moore were credited with the assists.  

 

Keith Kinkaid started in net, but was pulled at 13:12 of the second period. During his time in net, Kinkaid stopped 10 out of 15 shots.  Cory Schneider relived Kinkaid, for his first playoff action since the 2013 playoffs, when he played for the Vancouver Canucks. Schneider stopped all 10 shots that he faced.

 

Zajac and Taylor Hall lead the Devils with 2PTS (1G-1A) each this postseason.

 

April 12 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 5

 

The New Jersey Devils fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, after game one of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series. 

 

Taylor Hall recorded 2PTS (1G-1A) in his first career playoff game. Hall opened the scoring for the Devils with his first career playoff goal/point at 13:55 of the second period. Hall also assisted on Travis Zajac’s power play goal, marking Hall’s first multi-point game vs the Lightning since Oct. 20, 2014.

 

Zajac scored the Devils second goal of the game on the power play, and his first playoff goal since Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Zajac ranks 20th in Devils playoff history with 27 PTS (11G-16A) in 53 games.

 

Will Butcher tallied his first NHL playoff point with the secondary assist on Zajac’s power play goal.

 

Keith Kinkaid lost his first career playoff start/game and his first game this season against the Lightning and stopped 27 out of 32 shots (.844%). 

 

Brian Boyle leads all Devils skaters with 107 playoff GP and is the first skater since Petr Sykora (115) and Patrik Elias (138) to enter the playoffs with at least 100 playoff games played. (credit Craig Seiden WFAN/TOJN Statistician)

 

Sami Vatanen led the Devils with 26:32 TOI, which was his fourth highest total in 41 career playoff games.

 

 

MARCH 24 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 vs TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 1

 

New Jersey defeated Tampa Bay, 2-1, and swept the season-series, 3-0-0. The last time the Devils swept Tampa Bay in a season series was during the 2008-09 season (4-0-0).

 

The Devils are 7-3-0 against the Lightning at home and 9-7-2 overall against Tampa Bay since the 2012-13 season.

 

Nico Hischier opened the scoring for New Jersey with his 18th goal, and 49th point of the season.  Hischier led all rookie European born skaters with 52 PTS (20G-32A).

 

Will Butcher notched his 34th assist of the season on Hischier’s goal. Butcher finished with 39A, the most by a Devils rookie defenseman and the 13th most by an NHL rookie defenseman.

 

Kyle Palmieri netted the game-winning goal for New Jersey, his 21st of the year 10:59 into the second frame.

 

Taylor Hall recorded the secondary assist on Palmieri’s goal, which extended his point streak to four games.  Hall set career highs in all offensive categories this season with 93 PTS (39G-54A).

 

Pavel Zacha added the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal. Zacha had an assist in each of his first two games played, since he returned from an upper-body injury.

 

Mirco Mueller returned to the Devils lineup and added an assist on Hischier’s goal in 17:06 TOI. The assist was Mueller’s first point since Nov. 11 vs Edmonton.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 35 of 36 shots in the victory and improved to 2-1-1 with a .915 SV% and 2.43 GAA in his career against the Lightning.

 

 

FEB. 17 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4 @ TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 3

 

New Jersey defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in their only meeting at Amalie Arena this season. The Devils allowed a season-high 51 shots against in the victory.

 

Pavel Zacha scored the Devils eighth shorthanded goal of the season for his first career SHG.  Ben Lovejoy had 2 PTS (1G-1A) for his second multi-point game of the year. 

 

Nico Hischier, scored his 12th goal of the season to mark a season-high four-game, point-streak 7PTS (3G-4A).

 

Taylor Hall and Sami Vatanen collected assists on Hischier’s marker. Vatanen added a second assist on Zacha’s SHG.

 

Miles Wood notched his 16th goal of the season, which was the game-winner.

 

Eddie Lack made a career-high 48 saves for his first win as a Devil (also career-high 51 shots against).

 

 

OCT. 17 – NEW JERSEY 5 vs. TAMPA BAY 4 (SO)

 

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4, in their first shootout of the season.

 

Kyle Palmieri led the way for NJ, scoring the game-deciding goal in round three of the shootout. It was his second career GDG.  He also scored his second goal of the season (PP) at 16:19 of the second period.

 

Drew Stafford recorded two goals, including one on the power play, while Brian Gibbons notched his third goal of the season at 19:08 of the second first period. 

 

Nico Hischier had his first ever multi-point NHL performance, notching two assists (both primary) on Stafford’s goals, while Will Butcher had one assist on Stafford’s opening goal.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 37 shots (.891 save%) and was perfect in the shootout; denying all three Lightning shooters.

 

 

CURRENT INJURIES

 

JOHANSSON – day-to-day, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 35 regular season games missed and two playoff games.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 226 regular season and two playoff

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

 

Apr. 07: Recalled D Steven Santini and G Eddie Lack from Binghamton (AHL).

 

 

Playoff Bound

 

With their win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 5, the Devils clinched their 23rd playoff appearance in team history, and their first since the 2011-12 season. Andy Greene and Travis Zajac are the only players that remain from the Devils team that reached the 2012 Stanley Cup finals and are the only players to have played in a playoff game for the Devils.

 

15 of the 27 players on the Devils active roster have past Stanley Cup playoff experience prior to this season. Brian Boyle leads New Jersey with 108 career playoff games, while Marcus Johansson leads the team with 30 playoff points. Patrick Maroon and Sami Vatanen are the only players with over .50 PTS/GP with over 10 GP in their playoff careers. Maroon has 26 PTS in 44 GP (.59), while Vatanen has 23 PTS in 42 GP (.55).

 

 

N1CO

 

After clinching their spot in the playoffs, the Devils are one of six teams in the past 30 years, that had the Number One Overall Pick in the NHL draft and made the playoffs the following year*. (*Credit Craig Seiden WFAN/TOJN Statistician & Elias Sports Bureau)

1987 Pierre Turgeon (BUF)

1988 Mike Modano (MIN)

1997 Joe Thornton (BOS)

2013 Nathan MacKinnon (COL)

2016 Auston Matthews (TOR)

2017 Nico Hischier (NJD)

 

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

 

Sami Vatanen led the Devils with an average time-on-ice of 22:45 and all defensemen with 28PTS (3G-25A), after being traded to the club on Nov. 30. On Feb. 13, at Philadelphia, he skated in a career-high, 27:53, and averaged 24:23 of ice-time in March. Additionally, he played 23 minutes or more in 16 of his last 20 regular season games played.

 

 

H-ALL NEW HEIGHTS

 

Taylor Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) in 76 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 40 games he played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A). (*Credit Chris Ryan, NJ.com) Hall only had less points than Connor McDavid (EDM-63PTS) and Evgeni Malkin (PIT-62PTS) in 2018.

 

Hall (93) had a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), 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) and the most in the NHL since 2007-08 (A. Ovechkin, 112 – N. Backstrom, 69)*. (*Credit NHLPR)

 

Hall’s consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.

 

 

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS

 

Taylor Hall is first in franchise history with .99 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club. This season he had 1.22 points-per-game which is the most by any Devil in a single season with at least 50 GP.

Devils Career

  1. Taylor Hall – .99 (148 GP)
  2. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
  3. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
  4. Ilya Kovalchuk- .91 (222 GP)
  5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240 GP)

Single Season

  1. Taylor Hall – 1.22 (76 GP, 2017-18)
  2. Kirk Muller – 1.18 (80 GP, 1987-88)
  3. John MacLean – 1.18 (74 GP, 1988-89)
  4. Patrik Elias – 1.17 (82 GP, 2000-01)
  5. Zach Parise – 1.15 (82 GP, 2008-09)

  

 

THREE OF A KIND

 

Devils’ rookies Nico Hischier (20G-32A-52PTS), 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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