New Jersey Devils (7-6-2) vs. Washington Capitals (10-5-4) • 1:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+/ NBCSWA/ NHLN
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Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 30 of 32 shots faced (.937), improving to 5-2-1 on the season. Blackwood earns his first career win vs Buffalo. Blackwood has now beaten 20 different NHL franchises in his career.
Pavel Zacha recorded and a goal and two assist’s tonight for three points. Zacha picked up his third career three-point game. Zacha extended his point streak to eight games (3-7-10). Zacha’s goal in overtime is his first career overtime goal. Zacha becomes the eight different NHL player this season to record a point streak of eight games or more. Zacha currently holds the second longest active streak. *Credit NHLStats
Jesper Bratt recorded a goal and an assist tonight for his first multi-point game of the season. Bratt’s goal is also his first goal of the season. Bratt now has points in five of his last seven games (1-5-6).
Ty Smith recorded two assists tonight for his second career multi-assist game. Smith ended a five-game point drought with his assists tonight.
Miles Wood picked up his team leading sixth goal of the season. Wood currently has a personal two-game goal streak at Buffalo. Wood’s goal also ended his five-game point drought.
Nico Hischier recorded his first goal and point of the season.
Nikita Gusev recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three-games (2-1-3).
Jack Hughes recorded eight shots in tonight’s game. Hughes tied his career-high for shots in a game, matching his total from Jan. 27, 2020 at Ottawa.
TONIGHT’S GAME vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Today’s game marks the second of eight games between New Jersey and Washington in the 2020-21 regular season series. This weekend will mark the third of seven back-to-back sets for the Devils this season. New Jersey is 0-2-0 in the first game, and 1-1-0 in the second game.
Nikita Gusev (1-4-5) led the Devils in scoring last season vs Washington with one goal and four assists. Nico Hischier (2-1-3) and Will Butcher (0-3-3) led New Jersey in scoring on the road at Washington last season.
The Devils were 2-2-0 last season vs the Capitals. New Jersey was 1-1-0 at Prudential Center and 1-1-0 at Capital One Arena.
All-time franchise regular season record vs Washington: 92-110-13-4
All-time franchise regular season record vs Washington on the Road: 54-44-7-3
All-time leader in points vs Washington: Patrik Elias (58), Kirk Muller (51), John MacLean (46), Aaron Broten (39), Travis Zajac (29)
All-time franchise leader in goals vs Washington: John MacLean (26), Patrik Elias (22), Kirk Muller (20), Pat Verbeek (18), Aaron Broten (14)
All-time franchise leader in assists vs Washington: Patrik Elias (36), Kirk Muller (31), Aaron Broten (25), Scott Stevens (23), Travis Zajac (22)
All-time franchise leader in win vs Washington: Martin Brodeur (40), Sean Burke (7), Craig Billington (7), Chris Terreri (6), Johan Hedberg (3)
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 13
Travis Zajac (197) needs five goals to tie Bobby Holik (202) for third place in franchise history, behind Elias (408) and John MacLean (347)
Zajac (337) needs one assist to overtake Scott Stevens (337) for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time franchise list. A 25-assist campaign would put Zajac ahead of MacLean (354; 4th) and Scott Gomez (361; 3rd).
Zajac (53) needs one power-play goal to tie Pat Verbeek (54) for fourth place in franchise history; Elias (113), MacLean (92) and Kirk Muller (69) hold the top three spots.
Travis Zajac became the fourth player, and third skater, to play at least 1,000 regular season games with the franchise on February 21st; he joins Ken Daneyko (1,283), Martin Brodeur (1,259) and Patrik Elias (1,240).
Zajac will became the 67th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games with one team. With Zajac reaching 1,000 games played, the Devils will become the seventh NHL franchise and second non-Original Six member to have at least four players skate 1,000 or more regular season games with the club. Zajac will become the 11th active player in the NHL to have played 1,000 games or more. *credit NHL Stats
Zajac will became the 10th skater and second active player to be born in the providence of Manitoba and play 1,000 games or more in his career. Zajac also became the 248th Canadian skater and 17th Canadian active skater to play in the NHL.
Zajac became the 12th skater in Devils franchise history to skate in the player’s 1,000th NHL game. The last skater to play their 1,000th game in the NHL, while playing with New Jersey, was Scott Gomez on Dec. 27, 2014.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
The New Jersey Devils today named center Nico Hischier the 12th captain in team history.
At 22 years and 47 days old, he is the youngest captain currently in the NHL and the second youngest in New Jersey 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 just the second current Swiss-born captain in the League joining Roman Josi (Nashville).
On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, Mackenzie Blackwood played his 75th career NHL game. Since making his NHL debut in the 2018-19 season, Blackwood is one of 40 goaltenders in the NHL to player 75 games or more to date. Dating back to Blackwood’s debut, he ranks 10th in the NHL in save percentage (.918) and 15th in the NHL in goal-against average (2.66). *min 75 games played.
With Blackwood’s win on Feb. 18, 2021 at Boston, Blackwood has a 4-0-1 record to start the season. Blackwood is the first Devils goalie since Martin Brodeur in the 2012-13 to make five starts without losing a game in regulation.
Mackenzie Blackwood (4-0-1) is the fourth Devils goaltender to open a season with a point streak of five games or more. He joined Martin Brodeur (3-0-2 in 2012-13), Chris Terreri (5-0-0 in 1993-94), and Glenn Resch (3-0-2 in 1982-83). *credit NHLStats
ICE ICE BABY
Jack Hughes (19:44) and Ty Smith (18:53) have each played over 18:00 in at least eight of the 14 games so far this season. Hughes has played over 18:00 in a goal 11 times this season, while Smith has done it eight times. Hughes’s, 19 years old, ranks second in the NHL with most 18:00 plus games. Smith’s eight, ranks third among players who are 20 years and younger.
Since moving to New Jersey, Hughes’s 11 games, and Smith’s eight games rank third and tied for fourth respectively through a team’s first 14 games of a season.
- (2014-15) – 14
- (2018-19) – 8
Hughes’s average time on ice so far this season of 19:44 leads all players in his draft class that have played this year. Hughes’s is averaging more than a minute than the next player. Jack Hughes through 14 games in the 2019-20 season averaged 15:48 of ice time. Hughes’s ice time has increased through 14 games this season by 3:54. Jack Hughes is one of five players this season who has played at least 12 games this season and seen their average time on ice per game rise by at least 3:30 from their average TOI through their first 14 games in 2019-20. *Credit NHLStats
Smith’s 18:53 of ice time so far this season ranks second among rookies who were drafted in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Among rookies this season Smith ranks second fourth in ice time. Among rookies who are averaging 18:00 or more, Smith ranks second in points (8), second in assists (6), and tied for first in +/- (+6).
*Will Butcher – 2 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL
*Andreas Johnsson – 10 assists to 50 NHL
*Travis Zajac – 3 goal to 200 NJD/NHL
– 3 power-play points to 150 NJD/NHL
– 1 assist to 338 pass Scott Steven for sole possession of fifth place in franchise history for assists.
– 2 power play goals to 55 pass Pat Verbeek for fourth place in franchise history
*Kyle Palmieri – 3 points to 350 NHL
*Ryan Murray – 3 assists to 100 NHL
*Damon Severson – 3 goals away from tying Rob Ramage (41) for seventh in franchise history for goals by a defenseman
– 7 GP to 450 NJD/NHL
*Pavel Zacha – 8 goals to 50 NJD/NHL
*Sami Vatanen – 1 assist to 150 NHL
– 5 goals to 50 NHL
– 6 points to 200 NHL
*Jesper Bratt – 6 GP to 200 NJD/NHL
*Dmitry Kulikov – 9 GP to 700 NHL
*PK Subban – 2 power-play goals to 50 NHL
*Nikita Gusev – 2 points to 50 NJD/NHL
*Miles Wood – 100 points NJD/NHL (1g-1a; Jan. 19 at NYR)
Recorded 50th assists NHL/NJD (Jan. 26 vs PHI)
*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 – Played 1,000th Game NJD/NHL (Feb. 21 at WSH)
Feb. 21: Loaned Yegor Sharangovich to taxi squad
Recalled Mikhail Maltsev from taxi squad
Feb. 23: Assigned Colton White from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL)
Assigned Mikhail Maltsev to taxi squad
Feb. 25: Recalled Yegor Sharangovich from taxi squad
Assigned Janne Kuokkanen to taxi squad
Feb. 26: Re-assigned Matt Tennyson from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL)
Recalled Josh Jacobs from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad
HOW THEY WERE BUILT
In the System:
Nathan Bastian (2016, 2nd round, 41st overall)
Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd 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)
Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall)
Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall)
Travis Zajac (2004, 1st round, 20th overall)
Free Agency: Will Butcher, Dmitry Kulikov, Matt Tennyson, Sami Vatanen, Scott Wedgewood
Trade/Waivers: Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Nikita Gusev, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Ryan Murray, Kyle Palmieri, P.K. Subban