Devils Pre-Game Notes 10/16/18

New Jersey Devils (3-0-0) vs Dallas Stars (3-1-0)*
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • Devils Hockey Network

*Links for Devils Hockey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

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Pre-Game Availability *
subject to change

10:30 AM at Prudential Center*

LAST GAME: OCT. 14 – NEW JERSEY 3 vs. SAN JOSE 2

 

The Devils defeated the Sharks, 3-2, in the first of two head-to-head contests in their 2018-19 campaign. New Jersey picked up their first win on home ice against San Jose since February 11, 2011 (0-4-2 previously).

 

Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals setting a new franchise record for most goals scored by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season (next: M. Cammalleri, 2014-15 – 4G-1A-5PTS). (credit John Burd, NHL statistician)

 

Keith Kinkaid earned his third consecutive victory, stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in 60 minutes of action. With the victory, Kinkaid improves to 3-0-0, the best record of his career, in his first three games played.

 

Taylor Hall continued his assist streak notching an even strength, and power play helper. J.S Dea scored his second goal in two contests, the best start to his NHL career. Devils captain, Andy Greene picked up his first point of the 2018-19 campaign with an assist on Palmieri’s second goal. Damon SeversonMirco Mueller, and Sami Vatanen notched an assist each, upping their totals to three assists in three games played.

 

New Jersey will face-off with with San Jose on December 10 at SAP Center, for the second of two meetings in their 2018-19 campaign. 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. DALLAS STARS

 

Tonight is the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Dallas in 2018-19. In 2017-18, New Jersey and Dallas split their regular season series, 1-1-0.

 

With a win in tonight’s game, Head Coach John Hynes will be tied with current San Jose Head Coach Pete DeBoer for second place on the Devils all-time coaching wins list (114).

 

Last season, Brian Boyle, lead the Devils with four points (3G-1A), and in PIM (14) in the regular season series matchup. For Dallas, Alexander Radulov lead his club with four points (2G-2A)

 

The Devils are 2-0-2 at Prudential Center, 3-1-2 overall against the Stars since the 2014-15 season, and are 2-0-0 against Western Conference opponents this season.  Dallas’ last regulation win in New Jersey was back on March 15, 2000.

 

Tonight’s matchup is New Jersey’s fourth of a five-game home stand (3-0-0). The Devils and Stars next matchup will be on January 2, at American Airlines Center.

 

Palmieri’s Points

 

Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first three games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician).   Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.

 

With his two goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals/points by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season.

 

Season Player Team G A PTS
2018-2019 Kyle Palmieri NJD 6 0 6
2014-2015 Michael Cammalleri NJD 4 1 5
1992-1993 Bobby Holik NJD 4 1 5
1989-1990 Sylvain Turgeon NJD 4 0 4

*credit NHL Statistics 

 

 

HISTORY

 

SEASON OPENING RECORDS

 In season openers, New Jersey has a 20-10-6 record overall and 17-15-4 in home openers.

*The NHL record for assists in a season opener is five, set by Devils forward Greg Adams on October 10, 1985 against the Flyers and later matched by Pittsburgh forward John Cullen on October 5, 1990.

 

INJURIES

 

Cory Schneider (Hip Surgery) is rehabbing and skating with team.

 

Jesper Bratt (Fractured Jaw, suffered Oct. 4) is on I.R.

 

 

HALL’S GOT HART

 

On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.

 

In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall

recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).

 

Hall was 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.

 

Additionally, Hall (93) posted 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).

 

To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last 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).

 

Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).

 

MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER

 

On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.

 

Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3.

 

NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH

 

The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.

 

Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.

 

Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo

(2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.

 

For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.

 

Mark Dennehy will replace Kowalsky behind the bench for Binghamton. Dennehy coached for 13 seasons at Merrimack, posting 161 wins, and helped turn the program around. In 2010-11, he led the team to the most successful season in school history with a record 25 wins, as the Warriors advanced to the Hockey East Final and NCAA Regionals. For his efforts, Dennehy won the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award as the conference’s top coach. For the past four seasons, he coached Devils’ draft pick Brett Seney who signed in March.

 

Ryan Parent will join Dennehy as an assist. Parent was a first-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, 18th overall, in 2005. He played in 106 NHL games with Vancouver and Philadelphia, notching one goal and six assists. He also played in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The left-shooting defenseman played in 251 AHL games with seven teams between 2006 and 2016, where he registered four goals and 24 assists with 261 penalty minutes.

 

DEVILS GO ABROAD

The Devils-Oilers matchup on Oct. 6 will be the 23rd NHL regular-season game played in Europe, the 11th such game played in Sweden, and the first NHL regular-season game played in Gothenburg as part of the NHL Global Series.

 The Devils traveled to Bern, Switzerland, and played an exhibition game against SC Bern on Monday, Oct. 1 (3-2 Wo) at PostFinance Arena.

 

BEHIND THE GLASS

 

The National Hockey League (NHL®),NHL Network™ and the New Jersey Devils® today announced the launch of a new four-part, all-access series titled, Behind The Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Making the first series of its kind focused on the NHL preseason, each 30-minute episode of Behind The Glass will offer fans an unprecedented look inside the NHL preseason through the lens of the Devils, who are coming into the 2018-19 NHL regular season following their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in six years.

“This will be a great opportunity for our fans, and hockey fans throughout the world, to get an exclusive inside look into who the New Jersey Devils are,” said New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center President Hugh Weber. “The entire organization is proud and excited to be involved in the series. It will allow viewers to witness another example of the culture and message that Ray Shero, John Hynes and our staff have been building for the past few years.”

Exclusive bonus content and clips from each episode of Behind The Glass will be shared by the NHL, NHL Network and the Devils across their digital and social media platforms using #BehindTheGlass. In addition to its schedule on NHL Network, each episode of Behind The Glass will also re-air on Sportsnet.

 

Season Finale for Behind The Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp

 

Monday, Oct. 15 Episode 4 7:30 p.m. ET

 

 

NO SWEAT

 

The Devils are 26-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 35-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 54-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play

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