New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: May 10 At Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils 2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 4

Three Stars: 1. J. Farabee 2. C. Giroux 3. J. van Riemsdyk

Team Notes

The New Jersey Devils concluded their 2020-21 regular season at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, but were defeated 4-2. The Devils scored the game’s first two tallies, but the Flyers answered back with four consecutive goals.

Per NHL Pr, tonight’s contest was just the third time that both the Devils and Flyers concluded their respective seasons against one another (4/13/1997 & 4/7/1985).

Additionally, it’s the fifth time that both teams did not clinch a playoff berth: 2020-21, 2018-19, 2016-17, 2014-15 & 2012-13 (Per, NHL Pr).

The Devils were 0/2 on the power play and 3/4 on the penalty kill.

Jersey’s team finished the campaign 4-3-0-1 vs Philadelphia this season and 2-1-0-1 on the road against the Flyers.

New Jersey was 48% in the face-off circle (21/44).

The Devils were outshot, 31-25.

Player Notes

Pavel Zacha earned his 17th goal for the 2020-21 campaign and opened the scoring for the Devils (3:29) in the first period.

The 2015 sixth overall selection is the first Czech Republic born skater since Jaromir Jagr in 2013-14 to lead New Jersey in points. Additionally, he’s the first skater 24 years of age or younger that led the Devils in points at the season’s conclusion since Zacha Parise (45g-49a—90PTS) in 2008-09 (Per, NHL Pr).

Janne Kuokkanen tallied his eighth goal for the season, and ended a four-game pointless streak (5/1 at PHI).

Nico Hischier earned his fifth helper for the season, while Jesper Bratt recorded his 23rd assist.

Bratt’s assist also marked the Swedish native’s 30th point (7g-23a), which meant that the 22-year-old has recorded 30-more points in all four of his NHL seasons since 2017-18.

Yegor Sharangovich earned his 14th assist for the season and led the Devils in points since April 10th – the final month of the season – with 12PTS (7g-5a).

Will Butcher tallied his 10th assist for 2020-21, and seven of those assists were earned since April 10th in 14 games played. That ranked second for New Jersey blueliners over that span (Damon Severson, 8 points).

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood earned the start between the pipes tonight and looked sharp between the pipes all night. Wedgewood recorded 27 saves.

RECORD

Record19-29-7 (43 PTS)
Record on the Road12-12-4 (28 PTS)
All-Time Record vs Philadelphia118-113-18-8 (257GP)
All-Time Record at Philadelphia 46-69-10-4 (129GP)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rd TOTAL
Flyers101011     31
Devils 11 86     25

Devils Leaders

ShotsJesper Bratt – 5
Faceoff WinsNico Hischier – 11
Faceoff PercentageMcLeod (7/11) — 64%
HitsNate Bastian – 4
Blocked ShotsRyan Murray & Damon Severson– 4
TakeawaysNico Hischier & six others – 1
TOIDamon Severson – 22:50

STATISTICS

*Tomorrow Post-season media availability TBA

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: May 10 At Philadelphia Flyers

 New Jersey Devils (19-29-7) At Philadelphia Flyers (24-238) • 7:00 PM ET • Wells Fargo Center • MSG/ NBCSP

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

Check @NJDevils on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook for Morning Skate Interviews

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

~ 11:00 a.m. (approx.) – Media Availability for select players and Head Coach Lindy Ruff, please contact Devils PR for requests*

LAST GAME AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS

The Devils finished their regular-season series vs the Islanders on Saturday night, but were defeated by a score of 5-1.

The Devils were 0/2 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill.

Jersey’s team finished the campaign 2-5-0-1 vs New York this season and 1-3-0-0 on the road.

New Jersey was 45% in the face-off circle (25/55).

The Devils were outshot, 27-24.

TONIGHT’S GAME AT PHILADELPHIA

New Jersey concludes its 2020-21 regular season tonight and enters the contest with a 4-2-0-1 record vs the Flyers.

The Devils are 2-0-0-1 at the City of Brotherly Love this season. A win tonight would mark the first time since 2007-08 that the Devils earned five wins in a season vs Philadelphia (6-2-0).

 Last Matchup: 4-1 win at Prudential Center on May 1st.

Once the final buzzer sounds, it marks just the fifth time since 1982-83 that both the Devils and Flyers did not clinch a playoff berth:  2020-21, 2018-19, 2016-17, 2014-15 & 2012-13 (Per, NHL Pr).

WHAT TO KNOW

Jersey’s team posted a 5-2-0 record down the stretch of the season and averaged 3.14 goals-per-game which ranked 11th in the NHL since April 27.

Additionally, New Jersey’s rookie skaters combined for seven goals and 17 points overall in the seven games played since April 27. Yegor Sharangovich led all New Jersey rookie skaters with five tallies and one assist over that span.

Sharangovich’s 29PTS (16g-13a) ranks fifth for rookie skaters, and his 16 goals are tied for second (Jason Robertson). His 7PTS (5g-2a) not only lead the Devils vs Philadelphia this season, but are the 22-year-old’s most vs any opponent.

To date, Jack Hughes and Damon Severson are the two New Jersey skaters that have dressed in every contest this season. 

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood enters tonight’s contest with a 6-0-2 career record vs the Flyers. Philadelphia is the only MassMutual East Division foe that has never earned a regulation win against Blackwood.

Blackwood’s seventh career win against Philadelphia would tie him for third all-time in franchise history vs the Flyers. (Keith Kinkaid, Alain Chevrier & Sean Burke). Martin Brodeur’s 50 regular-season wins vs the Flyers rank first.

Andreas Johnsson collected his fifth goal for the season on Saturday, after missing the prior six games due to injury.

Michael McLeod enters tonight with points in consecutive contests (1g-1a), and recorded 10PTS (6g-4a) during the second half of the season in 27 games played (March 20 – May 8). Prior to March 20, McLeod posted five points (3g-2a) in 25 games played.

Defenseman Kevin Bahl wasted no time making an immediate impact out on the ice for New Jersey. Bahl dressed in his sixth career and consecutive game on Saturday, but earned seven hits which led all skaters.

The seven hits rank second (tied) among rookies for one contest in 2020-21, and second for the Devils this season. Bastian recorded eight hits on April 22nd at Pittsburgh.

TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Jack Hughes aims to conclude his sophomore season on a high note. The 2019 first overall selection recorded five assists in 10 career games vs the Flyers, and earned 31PTS (11g-20a) in 55 games this season.

MUTUAL CONNECTIONS: YO, RECCHI!

New Jersey assistant coach Mark Recchi laced up the skates for the Flyers on two different stints. The Hockey Hall of Famer’s first stint entailed parts of four seasons (1991-92-1994-95), while the second stint began in the 1998-99 campaign and ended after the 2003-04 season.

Recchi recorded 627PTS (232g-395a) in 602 regular-season games with the Flyers. He ranks ninth all-time for points in Flyers’ history.

SCORING LEADERS: VS PHI

Yegor Sharangovich: 5-2-7

Pavel Zacha: 4-3-7

Janne Kuokkanen: 1-5-6

Michael McLeod: 3-2-5

Miles Wood: 2-2-4

ALL-TIME: VS. PHILADELPHIA

All-time franchise regular-season record vs. Flyers: 118-112-18-8

All-time franchise regular-season record at Flyers: 46-68-10-4

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All-time franchise leader in points vs Philadelphia: Patrik Elias (84), John MacLean (64), Kirk Muller (54), Scott Niedermayer (41), Travis Zajac (40)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs Philadelphia: Patrik Elias (37), John MacLean (29), Kirk Muller

(18), Zach Parise (18), Stephane Richer (16), Bobby Holik (16)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs Philadelphia: Patrik Elias (47), Kirk Muller (36), John MacLean (35), Scott Niedermayer (30), Scott Gomez (29)

All-time franchise leader in wins vs Philadelphia: Martin Brodeur (50), Chris Terreri (18), Keith Kinkaid (7), Alain Chevrier (7), Sean Burke (7)

INJURIES

Mikhail Maltsev (Day-to-Day) – 4 games missed; lower-body injury suffered May 1

Ty Smith (Day-to-Day) – 3 games missed; upper-body injury suffered May 3

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 80

HE’S GOT MOVES LIKE ‘JAGR’

Forward Pavel Zacha enters tonight leading the Devils with 34PTS (16g-18a), and would be the first Czech-born skater that led the Devils in scoring since Jaromir Jagr in 2013-14. Fellow countryman Patrik Elias led the Devils in scoring on eight occasions.

ROOKIES LEADING THE WAY

Since the 2015 NHL Draft, 20 Devils’ draft picks have played in at least one NHL game, thus far.

That is the most in the NHL for that timespan. Columbus is second with 15 players.

Rookie Stats: Y. Sharangovich (16-13-28), J. Kuokkanen (7-17-24), T. Smith (2-21-23), N. Bastian (3-7-10), N. Merkley (2-8-10), M. Maltsev (6-3-9), N. Foote (1-1-2), M. Studenic (1-1-2), T. Thompson (0-1-1) & K. Bahl (0-2-1).

Total: 38 goals | 74 assists | 112PTS

The last time in franchise history the Devils had a set of rookies that recorded at least 48 points through the team’s first 26 games was the 2017-18 season. New Jersey was led by Nico Hischier (5-13-18) and Will Butcher’s (2-16-18), followed by Jesper Bratt (8-9-17) and Blake Coleman (2-2-4). The four players combined for 17 goals, 40 assists for 57 points. 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*Damon Severson – 1 goal away from tying Rob Ramage (41) for seventh in franchise history for goals by a defenseman 

MILESTONES ACHIEVED 

*Michael McLeod – Recorded 1st NHL/NJD goal/point (Jan. 26 vs PHI) 

*Janne Kuokanen  – Recorded 1st NHL/NJD assist/point (Jan. 26 vs PHI) 

1st NHL goal (Jan. 30 at BUF) 

*Lindy Ruff – Coached 1,500 game (Jan. 28 vs PHI) 

*Travis Zajac – 1,000th Game NJD/NHL (Feb. 21 at WSH) 

– Recorded 338th assist to pass Scott Stevens for sole possession of fifth place in franchise history for assists. (Feb. 28 vs WSH)  

– Tallied his 200th career regular-season goal (March 30 at BOS)

– Tied Bobby Holik (202) for third all-time in goals in franchise history (Apr. 4 vs. WSH)

– Recorded his 550th career point and ranks third-all time in franchise history (Apr. 6 vs. BUF)

*Sami Vatanen – Recorded 150th career assist (Mar. 4 vs NYR) 

*Damon Severson – 450th Game NJD/NHL (Mar. 6 vs NYR) 

*Jesper Bratt – 200th Game NJD/NHL (Mar. 7 at BOS) 

*Dmitry Kulikov – 700th NHL Game (Mar. 13 vs NYI) 

*Kyle Palmieri – Recorded 350th NHL point (Mar. 14 vs NYI) 

*Miles Wood – 300th NJD/NHL Game (Mar. 26 @ WSH) 

*P.K. Subban – 100th NJD Game (Mar. 26 @ WSH) 

*Ryan Murray – Earned his 100th career NHL assist (March 30 at BOS)

*Pavel Zacha – Skated in his 300th career regular-season game (April 2 vs. WSH)

*Jack Hughes – skated in his 100th career regular-season game (April 9 vs. PIT)

*Marian Studenic – recorded his 1st NHL goal (April 18th vs. NYR)

*Nolan Foote – Earned his 1st NHL point (April 18th vs. NYR)

               – Scored his 1st NHL goal (April 20th At PIT)

*Will Butcher — recorded his 100th & 101st career NHL point (April 20th At PIT)

*Damon Severson – Tied Paul Martin (137) for eighth place all-time in franchise history for assists by a defenseman (April 20th At PIT).

– Passed Ken Daneyko (178) for seventh place all-time in franchise history, and sixth in team history, for points by a defenseman (April 25th at PHI)

*Mackenzie Blackwood – Appeared in his 100th career game (April 27 vs PHI)

*Jack Hughes – recorded 50th career NHL point (May 1 at PHI)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Apr. 24: Recalled defenseman Colton White from Binghamton.

Apr. 28: Assigned Marian Studenic and Colton White to Binghamton.

Apr. 29: Kevin Bahl called up from Binghamton

Apr. 30: Assigned Nolan Foote to Binghamton

May 3: Recalled A.J. Greer from Binghamton

May 5: Signed G Nico Daws to 3-year, entry-level contract

May 6: Recalled Nolan Foote & Tyce Thompson from Binghamton

HOW THEY WERE BUILT 

In the System:

Nathan Bastian (2016, 2nd round, 41st overall) 

Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd overall) 

Jesper Boqvist (2017, 2nd round, 36th overall) 

Jesper Bratt (2016, 6th round, 162nd overall) 

Nico Hischier (2017, 1st round, 1st overall) 

Jack Hughes (2019, 1st round, 1st overall) 

Michael McLeod (2016, 1st round, 12th overall) 

Damon Severson (2012, 2nd round, 60th overall) 

Yegor Sharangovich (2018, 5th round, 141st overall) 

Ty Smith (2018, 1st round, 17th overall) 

Marian Studenic (2017, 5th round, 143rd overall)

Tyce Thompson (2017, 4th round, 96th overall) 

Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall) 

Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall) 

Free Agency:  Will ButcherMatt TennysonScott Wedgewood 

Trade/Waivers: Aaron DellAndreas Johnsson, Janne KuokkanenRyan Murray. P.K. Subban, Jonas Siegenthaler, Nolan Foote, Kevin Bahl, A.J. Greer

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: May 8 At New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils 1 @ New York Islanders 5

Three Stars: 1. B. Nelson 2. L. Komarov 3. M. Barzal

Team Notes

The Devils finished their regular-season series vs the Islanders on Saturday night, but were defeated by a score of 5-1. New Jersey was aiming for a three-game winning streak, but will have to wait to get back in the win column for the season finale on Monday night at Philadelphia.

The Devils were 0/2 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill.

Jersey’s team finished the campaign 2-5-0-1 vs New York this season and 1-3-0-0 on the road.

New Jersey was 45% in the face-off circle (25/55).

The Devils were outshot, 27-24.

Player Notes

Andreas Johnsson netted the Devils’ lone goal 4:58 into the second period. The goal marked the 26-year-old’s fifth tally for the season and 11th point overall.

Matt Tennyson and Michael McLeod earned assists on Johnsson’s goal, respectively. Tennyson earned his second for the season, while Mcleod recorded his sixth assist and enters Monday’s contest with points in consecutive games (1g-1a).

Rookie blueliner Kevin Bahl was nothing shy of physical in the effort. The 6-foot-6 skater finished the night with a game-high seven hits.

Bahl joined Nathan Bastian as the second New Jersey rookie to record seven hits in a contest for 2020-21, while the most by a rookie this season is 8 – also recorded by Bastian (tied with 5 others).

Defenseman Will Butcher tied a career-high tonight, after the 26-year-old recorded six blocked shots (12/13/2019 at COL).

New Jersey’s 2020-21 regular season concludes at Philadelphia on Monday night for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.

RECORD

Record18-29-7 (43 PTS)
Record on the Road12-11-4 (28 PTS)
All-Time Record vs New York93-126-22-16 (257GP)
All-Time Record at New York 38-75-11-6 (84GP)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rd TOTAL
Islanders  1211427
Devils   4713  24

Devils Leaders

ShotsPavel Zacha – 4
Faceoff WinsNico Hischier – 12
Faceoff PercentageZacha (3/4) — 75%
HitsKevin Bahl – 7
Blocked ShotsWill Butcher– 6
TakeawaysJesper Boqvist & six others – 1
TOIDamon Severson – 25:14

STATISTICS

*Tomorrow 12:00 p.m. practice at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House

*Subject to change

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: May 8 At New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils (19-28-7) At New York Islanders (31-17-6) • 7:00 PM ET • NYCB Live – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum • MSG+/ MSG+ 2

*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 a.m. (approx.) – Media Availability for select players and Head Coach Lindy Ruff, please contact Devils PR for requests*

LAST GAME AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders in a tight battle by a score of 2-1 at NYCB Live – Home of Nassau Coliseum. The victory marked New Jersey’s fifth over its last six contests.

The win also marked the fourth occasion this season that the Devils allowed one goal (Last time: May 1, at PHI, 4-1 win).

The Devils were 0/1 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill.

Jersey’s team is 2-4-0-1 vs New York this season and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

New Jersey was 39% in the face-off circle (19/49).

The Devils were outshot, 33-25.

TONIGHT’S GAME AT NEW YORK

The Devils and Islanders closeout their 2020-21 regular-season series, and skate in the ‘farewell’ regular-season contest at Nassau Coliseum.

New Jersey’s all-time (franchise) record at Nassau Coliseum is 37-69-11-5 (122 games). The Devils were 1-5-0-1 all-time at Barclays Center, per Hockey Reference.

New Jersey enters the contest with a 12-10-4 record overall on the road, and owns a 1.75 goals-against-average (GAA) at Nassau Coliseum for 2020-21. The Devils entail more road wins than nine other NHL teams, which also includes the Islanders (11).

WHAT TO KNOW

Since Apr. 25 (7 games), New Jersey owns (tied, Tampa Bay & Boston) the second-best record in the NHL with a 5-1-1 record (11PTS). Only the Carolina Hurricanes have earned more points in the standings since that time (12PTS).

The Devils have scored first in six of their last seven contests, and one skater entails a knack for finding the back of the net early on.

Pavel Zacha has scored the game’s “first goal” on four occasions this season, which leads New Jersey (Jack Hughes, Michael McLeod & Miles Wood, 3). The 6-foot-3 forward tallied the first goal in the team’s last two contests and has recorded 6PTS (4g-2a) over his last five games played.

Additionally, Zacha has recorded goals in back-to-back games on 7 different occasions this season. The 24-year-old also leads New Jersey with 34PTS (16g-18a). If Zacha finishes the season ranked 1st on the team in points, he would be the first Czech-born skater that led the Devils since Jaromir Jagr in 2013-14.  

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood is riding a five-game winning streak and owns a .923 save% over that duration (Apr. 27 – May 7). Only four other goaltenders have a higher save-percentage since Apr. 27, and the leader is New York’s Semyon Varlamov (.957%, 4GP).

Blackwood hasn’t suffered a regulation loss over his last six outings (Apr. 24 at PIT, 4-2 loss). A win tonight would tie the 24-year-old’s career-high, six-game winning streak that was earned in 2018-19 (Feb. 6-20).

Nico Hischier enters tonight’s contest with assists in consecutive contests, and the Devils are 4-0-0 since Apr. 27 when the 2017 first overall selection records at least one point.

Centreman Michael McLeod not only earned his ninth goal and second game-winning tally for 2020-21, but finished above 60% in the face-off circle for the second time in his last three games – which were all against teams that’ve clinched playoff berths.

TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Defenseman Ryan Murray led the Devils with five blocked shots and time-on-ice (21:12) vs New York on Thursday. The veteran blueliner also collected a clutch assist (14th) in the effort and leads New Jersey with a +5 rating for the season (tied, Jesper Bratt).  

SCORING LEADERS: FIRE & ICE VS ISLES

Ty Smith: 0-4-4

Janne KuokKanen: 3-0-3

Pavel Zacha: 3-0-0

Yegor Sharangovich: 1-2-3

Jack Hughes: 2-0-0

MUTUAL CONNECTIONS: FAMILIAR FACES IN DIFFERENT PLACES

New York General Manager & President of Hockey Operations Lou Lamoriello served as New Jersey’s GM/President from 1987-88 until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Lamoriello led the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships and five Stanley Cup final appearances.

New Jersey’s General Manager & Executive Vice President Tom Fitzgerald spent was selected in the first round (17th overall) by the Islanders at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Fitzgerald spent five seasons with the Islanders from 1988-89 until the end of the 1992-93 campaign.

New York’s Travis Zajac dressed in 1,024 regular-season games for the Devils (2006-07 – 2020-21), which ranks third all-time.

Islanders’ defenseman Andy Greene skated in 923 regular-season games with New Jersey (2006-07 – 2019-20), which ranks sixth all-time. In 2015-16, Greene was named 12th captain in team history. 

New York’s Kyle Palmieri spent parts of six seasons with New Jersey, while recording 266PTS (140g-126a) in 397 games.

ALL-TIME: VS. NEW YORK

All-time franchise regular-season record vs. New York: 93-125-22-16

All-time franchise regular-season record at New York: 38-74-11-6

All-time leader in points vs New York Islanders: Patrik Elias (86), John MacLean (65), Kirk Muller (49), Zach Parise (39), Aaron Broten (38)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs New York Islanders: Patrik Elias (33), John MacLean (30), Stephane Richer (17), Zach Parise (17), Pat Verbeek (16), Aaron Broten (16), Kirk Muller (16)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs New York Islanders: Patrik Elias (53), John MacLean (35), Kirk Muller (33), Bruce Driver (32), Scott Gomez (28)

All-time franchise leader in win vs New York Islanders: Martin Brodeur (51), Chris Terreri (9), Johan Hedberg (4), Sean Burke (4)

 UPCOMING SCHEDULE

*Monday, May 10th: New Jersey @ Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.

*Regular season concludes.

INJURIES

Andreas Johnsson (Day-to-Day) – 6 games missed; lower-body injury suffered Apr. 25

Mikhail Maltsev (Day-to-Day) – 3 game missed; lower-body injury suffered May 1

Ty Smith (Day-to-Day) – 2 game missed; upper-body injury suffered May 3

Miles wood (Day-to-Day) – 1 game missed; uppder-body injury suffered May 4

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 78

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN; ‘HE-SCHIER’ GUY

New Jersey named center Nico Hischier the 12th captain in team history on February 20th.  

At 22 years and 47 days old, he is the youngest captain currently in the NHL and second youngest in Devils’ history (Kirk Muller, 21 years and 243 days old; both Muller and Hischier were handed the captaincy at the start of their fourth NHL season. Hischier also becomes the second current Swiss-born captain in the League joining Roman Josi (Nashville).  

ROOKIES LEADING THE WAY

Since the 2015 NHL Draft, 20 Devils’ draft picks have played in at least one NHL game, thus far.

That is the most in the NHL for that timespan. Columbus is second with 15 players.

Rookie Stats: Y. Sharangovich (16-13-28), J. Kuokkanen (7-17-24), T. Smith (2-21-23), N. Bastian (3-7-10), N. Merkley (2-8-10), M. Maltsev (6-3-9), N. Foote (1-1-2), M. Studenic (1-1-2), T. Thompson (0-1-1) & K. Bahl (0-2-1).

Total: 38 goals | 74 assists | 112PTS

The last time in franchise history the Devils had a set of rookies that recorded at least 48 points through the team’s first 26 games was the 2017-18 season. New Jersey was led by Nico Hischier (5-13-18) and Will Butcher’s (2-16-18), followed by Jesper Bratt (8-9-17) and Blake Coleman (2-2-4). The four players combined for 17 goals, 40 assists for 57 points. 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*Damon Severson – 1 goal away from tying Rob Ramage (41) for seventh in franchise history for goals by a defenseman 

– 1 power-play assists from 50 NJD/NHL 

*Aaron Dell – 1 win to 50 NHL 

*PK Subban – 1 power-play goals to 50 NHL 

MILESTONES ACHIEVED 

*Michael McLeod – Recorded 1st NHL/NJD goal/point (Jan. 26 vs PHI) 

*Janne Kuokanen  – Recorded 1st NHL/NJD assist/point (Jan. 26 vs PHI) 

1st NHL goal (Jan. 30 at BUF) 

*Lindy Ruff – Coached 1,500 game (Jan. 28 vs PHI) 

*Travis Zajac – 1,000th Game NJD/NHL (Feb. 21 at WSH) 

– Recorded 338th assist to pass Scott Stevens for sole possession of fifth place in franchise history for assists. (Feb. 28 vs WSH)  

– Tallied his 200th career regular-season goal (March 30 at BOS)

– Tied Bobby Holik (202) for third all-time in goals in franchise history (Apr. 4 vs. WSH)

– Recorded his 550th career point and ranks third-all time in franchise history (Apr. 6 vs. BUF)

*Sami Vatanen – Recorded 150th career assist (Mar. 4 vs NYR) 

*Damon Severson – 450th Game NJD/NHL (Mar. 6 vs NYR) 

*Jesper Bratt – 200th Game NJD/NHL (Mar. 7 at BOS) 

*Dmitry Kulikov – 700th NHL Game (Mar. 13 vs NYI) 

*Kyle Palmieri – Recorded 350th NHL point (Mar. 14 vs NYI) 

*Miles Wood – 300th NJD/NHL Game (Mar. 26 @ WSH) 

*P.K. Subban – 100th NJD Game (Mar. 26 @ WSH) 

*Ryan Murray – Earned his 100th career NHL assist (March 30 at BOS)

*Pavel Zacha – Skated in his 300th career regular-season game (April 2 vs. WSH)

*Jack Hughes – skated in his 100th career regular-season game (April 9 vs. PIT)

*Marian Studenic – recorded his 1st NHL goal (April 18th vs. NYR)

*Nolan Foote – Earned his 1st NHL point (April 18th vs. NYR)

               – Scored his 1st NHL goal (April 20th At PIT)

*Will Butcher — recorded his 100th & 101st career NHL point (April 20th At PIT)

*Damon Severson – Tied Paul Martin (137) for eighth place all-time in franchise history for assists by a defenseman (April 20th At PIT).

– Passed Ken Daneyko (178) for seventh place all-time in franchise history, and sixth in team history, for points by a defenseman (April 25th at PHI)

*Mackenzie Blackwood – Appeared in his 100th career game (April 27 vs PHI)

*Jack Hughes – recorded 50th career NHL point (May 1 at PHI)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Apr. 24: Recalled defenseman Colton White from Binghamton.

Apr. 28: Assigned Marian Studenic and Colton White to Binghamton.

Apr. 29: Kevin Bahl called up from Binghamton

Apr. 30: Assigned Nolan Foote to Binghamton

May 3: Recalled A.J. Greer from Binghamton

May 5: Signed G Nico Daws to 3-year, entry-level contract

May 6: Recalled Nolan Foote & Tyce Thompson from Binghamton

HOW THEY WERE BUILT 

In the System:

Nathan Bastian (2016, 2nd round, 41st overall) 

Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd overall) 

Jesper Boqvist (2017, 2nd round, 36th overall) 

Jesper Bratt (2016, 6th round, 162nd overall) 

Nico Hischier (2017, 1st round, 1st overall) 

Jack Hughes (2019, 1st round, 1st overall) 

Michael McLeod (2016, 1st round, 12th overall) 

Damon Severson (2012, 2nd round, 60th overall) 

Yegor Sharangovich (2018, 5th round, 141st overall) 

Ty Smith (2018, 1st round, 17th overall) 

Marian Studenic (2017, 5th round, 143rd overall)

Tyce Thompson (2017, 4th round, 96th overall) 

Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall) 

Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall) 

Free Agency:  Will ButcherMatt TennysonScott Wedgewood 

Trade/Waivers: Aaron DellAndreas Johnsson, Janne KuokkanenRyan Murray. P.K. Subban, Jonas Siegenthaler, Nolan Foote, Kevin Bahl, A.J. Greer

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: At NY Islanders

New Jersey Devils 2 @ New York Islanders 1

Three Stars: 1. M. McLeod 2. Pavel Zacha 3. A. Beauvillier

Team Notes

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders in a tight battle by a score of 2-1 at NYCB Live – Home of Nassau Coliseum. The victory marked New Jersey’s fifth over its last six contests.

The win also marked the fourth occasion this season that the Devils allowed one goal (Last time: May 1, at PHI, 4-1 win).

The Devils were 0/1 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill.

Jersey’s team is 2-4-0-1 vs New York this season and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

New Jersey was 39% in the face-off circle (19/49).

The Devils were outshot, 33-25.

Player Notes

Pavel Zacha’s offense heroics continued Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. The 24-year-old netted his 16th tally and earned the team’s first goal-scored (14:11, 1st period) for the fourth occasion this season (leads team).

Zacha has three goals over his last two games played.

Michael McLeod recorded his ninth tally for the 2020-21 campaign and earned his second game-winning goal for the year (1/31 at Buffalo). The tuck also marked McLeod’s first since Apr. 25 at Philadelphia (4-3 shootout loss).

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood earned his 14th win for 2020-21 and extended his winning streak to five games, which marks a season-high. The 24-year-old recorded 32 saves in the effort.

Blueliner Ryan Murray not only chipped one assist, but finished the night with a plus/minus rating of +2. Additionally, the veteran defenseman earned a season-high five blocked shots which led the Devils in the contest.

Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt earned helpers on Zacha’s tally, while Damon Severson chipped in the assist on McLeod’s goal.

Hischier has collected points in consecutive contests (0g-2a), and Severson has totaled five assists over his last five games.

The Devils visit the Islanders again on Saturday which is the final matchup between the longtime rivals for 2020-21.

RECORD

Record18-28-7 (43 PTS)
Record on the Road12-10-4 (28 PTS)
All-Time Record vs New York93-125-22-16 (256GP)
All-Time Record at New York 38-74-11-6 (83GP)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rd TOTAL
Islanders8121333
Devils 1285  25

Devils Leaders

ShotsWill Butcher – 4
Faceoff WinsMichael McLeod – 11
Faceoff PercentageMcLeod — 69%
HitsNathan Bastian & McLeod – 4
Blocked ShotsRyan Murray – 5
TakeawaysDamon Severson – 2
TOIRyan Murray – 21:12

STATISTICS

*Tomorrow 12:00 p.m. practice at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House

*Subject to change

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