New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 27 vs. Washington Capitals

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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LAST GAME @ BUFFALO SABRES

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)

INJURIES

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 13

ZAJAC

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.

MR. 1,000

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). 

MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD

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.

  1. (2014-15) – 14
  2. (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).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*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

MILESTONES ACHIEVED

*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)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

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

*Game Notes written by Craig Seiden, New Jersey Devils Radio Statistician*

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Feb. 25 @ Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils 4 @ Buffalo Sabres 3 (OT)

  • Three Stars: 1. P. Zacha 2. J. Bratt 3. C. Mittelstadt

TEAM NOTES

  • The Devils defeated the Sabres 4-3, the fifth of eight contests of the 2020-21 regular season series.
  • New Jersey improve to 2-2-1 (5PT) against Buffalo in the season series.
  • The club improve to 7-6-2 on the season.
  • The Devils were 2-4 on the penalty kill and 1-4 on the power play. 
  • The Devils outshot the Sabres 40-32. New Jersey has now posted back-to-back 40 shot games vs Buffalo. The last time the Devils recorded consecutive 40+ shot games vs Buffalo was on Dec. 16, 1996 (41) and Feb. 16, 1996 (41).
  • New Jersey was 24-55 (44%) in face-offs today.
  • The Devils play the Sabres next on March 16, 2021 at Prudential Center.

PLAYER NOTES

  • stopped 30 of 32 shots faced (.937), falls 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.
  • recorded an 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 NHL Stats
  • recorded a goal and an assists 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).
  • recorded two assists tonight for his second career multi-assist game. Smith ended a five game point drought with his assists tonight.
  • 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.
  • recorded his first goal and point of the season.
  • recorded an assists to extend his point streak to three-games (2-1-3).
  • 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.

RECORD

Record on the Road5-2-1
All-Time Record vs Buffalo66-73-17-9 (165 Games)
All-Time Record vs Buffalo on the Road33-38-8-6 (84 Games)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
Devils15 (15)11 (7)13 (11)140 (33)
Buffalo11 (8)12 (8)9 (7)032 (23)

SHOTS ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
Devils 24 (24)18 (13)22 (16)165 (53)
Buffalo15 (11)20 (16)11 (9)046 (36)

Devils Leaders

ShotsJack Hughes – 8
Shot AttemptsJack Hughes – 11
Faceoff WinsNico Hischier – 8
Faceoff PercentageJesper Bratt – 100%
HitsMichael McLeod, Dmitry Kulikov – 3
Blocked ShotsAndreas Johnsson – 3
TakeawaysJack Hughes – 1
TOIDamon Severson – 24:30
Power Play TOIP.K Subban – 4:25
Shorthanded TOISami Vatanen  – 4:46
ShiftsNico Hischier – 28

STATISTICS

  • Game Notes
  • Game Summary
  • Event Summary
  • Full Play-by-Play
  • Face-off Summary
  • Face-off Comparison
  • Roster Report
  • Shot Summary
  • Shift Chart
  • TOI Report – New Jersey Devils
  • TOI Report – Buffalo Sabres

UPCOMING SCHEDULE   *Subject to change

Tomorrow:  Noon Practice @ RWJBarnabas Hockey Health House

*Game Notes written by Craig Seiden, New Jersey Devils Radio Statistician*

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New Jersey Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 25 @ Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (6-6-2) @ Buffalo Sabres (6-8-2) • 7:00 PM ET • KeyBank Center • MSG+/ MSG-B

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Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

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LAST GAME vs. BUFFALO SABRES

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 33 of 36 shots faced (.917), falls to 4-2-1 on the season.

Nikita Gusev scored the Devils lone goal in the game. Gusev’s goal establishes his first two-game goal streak of the season. 

Pavel Zacha recorded an assist on Gusev’s goal. Zacha extends his career-high point streak to seven games (2-5-7). 

P.K. Subban picked up an assist on Gusev’s goal. Subban now has points in five of his last seven games.

Jack Hughes recorded five shots to lead the Devils in the game. Hughes’s five shots tonight was the fourth time in his career he has recorded five or more shots in a game.

Seventeen of the eighteen skaters recorded a shot on goal tonight. Thirteen of the seventeen skaters recorded multiple shots.

TONIGHT’S GAME @ BUFFALO SABRES

Tonight’s game marks the fifth of eight games between New Jersey and Buffalo in the 2020-21 regular season series. The Devils are 1-2-1 (3 pts) in the season series vs the Sabres. New Jersey is 0-2-0 (0 pts) at Prudential Center and 1-0-1 (3 pts) at KeyBank Center this season.

P.K. Subban (1-3-4), and Pavel Zacha (0-4-4) lead the Devils in points vs the Sabres this season.

The Devils were 0-2-0 last season vs the Sabres. New Jersey was 0-0-0 at Prudential Center and 0-2-0 at KeyBank Center. Dating back to the Nov. 11, 2010, New Jersey has posted a record 9-2-3 (21 pts) at Prudential Center vs Buffalo.  

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo: 65-72-17-9

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo on the road : 31-38-8-6

All-time leader in points vs Buffalo: Patrik Elias (42), John MacLean (30), Bobby Holik (28), Scott Gomez (23), Scott Niedermayer (23)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs Buffalo: John MacLean (17), Patrik Elias (12), Petr Sykora (11), Bill Guerin (11), Zach Parise (8)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs Buffalo: Patrik Elias (30), Bobby Holik (20), Scott Niedermayer (19), Scott Gomez (16), Wilf Paiement (15)

All-time franchise leader in win vs Buffalo: Martin Brodeur (33), Cory Schneider (10), Chris Terreri (4), Keith Kinkaid (3), Craig Billington (3)

INJURIES

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 13

ZAJAC

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.

MR. 1,000

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). 

MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD

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.

  1. (2014-15) – 14
  2. (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).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*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 – 9 goals to 50 NJD/NHL

*Sami Vatanen – 1 assist to 150 NHL

– 5 goals to 50 NHL

– 6 points to 200 NHL

*Jesper Bratt – 7 GP to 200 NJD/NHL

*Dmitry Kulikov – 10 GP to 700 NHL

*PK Subban – 2 power-play goals to 50 NHL

*Nikita Gusev – 3 points to 50 NJD/NHL

MILESTONES ACHIEVED

*Yegor Sharangovich – 1st NHL GP (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

*Ty Smith – 1st NHL GP (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

1st NHL Goal (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

*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)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Feb. 16: Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and Nick Merkley from taxi squad

Recalled Evan Cormier and Jeremy Groleau to taxi squad from Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 17: Assigned Nick Merkley and Mikhail Maltsev to taxi squad

Reassigned Evan Cormier and Jeremy Groleau from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 19: Assgined Nick Merkley and Mikhail Matlsev to taxi squad

Assigned Ben Street, Brett Seney, and Jesper Boqvist to Binghamton (AHL)

Assigned Brandon Gignac to Jacksonville (ECHL)

Feb. 20: Assigned Matt Tennyson to taxi squad

Assigned Nick Merkley to Binghamton (AHL)

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

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

*Game Notes written by Craig Seiden, New Jersey Devils Radio Statistician*

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Feb. 23 vs. Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils 1 vs. Buffalo Sabres 4

  • Three Stars: 1. L. Ullmark2. V. Olofsson 3. S. Reinhart

TEAM NOTES

  • The Devils fall to the Sabres 4-1, the fourth of eight contests of the 2020-21 regular season series.
  • New Jersey fall to 1-2-1 (3PT) against Buffalo in the season series.
  • The club falls to 6-6-2 on the season.
  • The Devils were 1-2 on the penalty kill and 0-1 on the power play. 
  • The Devils outshot the Sabres 42-37. New Jersey’s 42 shots sets a new season-high for shots in a game. 21 of the Devils 42 shots came in the third period. Those 21 shots set a new season-high for shots in a single period.
  • New Jersey was 29-58 (50%) in face-offs today.
  • The Devils play the Sabres next on February 25, 2021 at KeyBank Center.

PLAYER NOTES

  • stopped  of 29 shots faced (.833), falls to 4-2-1 on the season.
  • scored the Devils lone goal in the game. Gusev’s goal establishes his first two-game goal streak of the season.  
  • recorded an assist on Gusev’s goal. Zacha extends his career-high point streak to seven games (2-5-7).  
  • picked up an assist on Gusev’s goal. Subban now has points in five of his last seven games.
  • recorded five shots to lead the Devils in the game. Hughes’s five shots tonight was the fourth time in his career he has recorded five or more shots in a game.

RECORD

Record at Home2-4-1
All-Time Record vs Buffalo65-73-17-9 (164 Games)
All-Time Record vs Buffalo at Home34-35-9-3 (81 Games)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
Devils15 (15)6 (5)21 (15) 42 (43)
Buffalo12 (12)13 (9)12 (11) 36 (40)

SHOTS ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
Devils 22 (22)10 (9)32 (24) 64 (55)
Buffalo21 (21)25 (16)14 (12) 60 (49)

Devils Leaders

ShotsJack Hughes – 5
Shot AttemptsP.K. Subban – 9
Faceoff WinsNico Hischier – 12
Faceoff PercentageKyle Palmieri – 100%
HitsNathan Bastian, Damon Severson – 4
Blocked ShotsDamon Severson, Sami Vatanen, Dmitry Kulikov – 2
TakeawaysSix Players – 1
TOIDamon Severson – 24:28
Power Play TOIDamon Severson – 2:58
Shorthanded TOIDamon Severson  – 2:31
ShiftsNico Hischier – 26

STATISTICS

  • Game Notes
  • Game Summary
  • Event Summary
  • Full Play-by-Play
  • Face-off Summary
  • Face-off Comparison
  • Roster Report
  • Shot Summary
  • Shift Chart
  • TOI Report – Buffalo Sabres
  • TOI Report – New Jersey Devils

UPCOMING SCHEDULE   *Subject to change

Tomorrow:  Noon Practice @ RWJBarnabas Hockey Health House

*Game Notes written by Craig Seiden, New Jersey Devils Radio Statistician*

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 23 vs. Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (6-5-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2) • 7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+/ MSG-B/ ESPN+

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LAST GAME @ WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Aaron Dell stopped 37 of 41 shots faced (.902), falls to 0-1-0 on the season. Dell made his New Jersey Devils debut. Dell faced 41 today, it’s the sixth time in his career, he’s faced 41 or more shots in a game in his career.

Travis Zajac skated in his 1,000th career game today. He became the fourth Devils player (third skater) to play 1,000 games with the Devils. Zajac joined Ken Daneyko (1,283), Martin Brodeur (1,259), and Patrik Elias (1,240).

Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring with his third goal of the season. Johnsson now has three goals in his last six games. Johnsson also recorded an assist on Jack Hughes’s goals. With that assist, Johnsson recorded his first multi-point game with New Jersey

Kyle Palmieri recorded two assists today on Andreas Johnsson and Jack Hughes’s goals. Palmieri extended his point streak to four-games (3-3-6).

Pavel Zacha recorded an assist on Johnsson’s goal. Zacha extended his point streak to six-games (2-4-6). Zacha also has points in eight of his last nine games (4-4-8).

Jack Hughes record his fourth goal of the season ending a seven-game goal drought. Hughes extended his point streak to three-games (1-2-3)

Nikita Gusev recorded his first goal of the season late in the third period.

Damon Severson recorded his sixth assist of the season on Nikita Gusev’s goal. Severson now has six points in his last seven games (1-5-6).

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. BUFFALO SABRES

Tonight’s game marks the fourth of eight games between New Jersey and Buffalo in the 2020-21 regular season series. The Devils are 1-1-1 (3 pts) in the season series vs the Sabres. New Jersey is 0-1-0 (0 pts) at Prudential Center and 1-0-1 (3 pts) at KeyBank Center this season.

Michael McLeod (2-1-3), Miles Wood (2-1-3), P.K. Subban (1-2-3), and Pavel Zacha (0-3-3) lead the Devils in points vs the Sabres this season.

The Devils were 0-2-0 last season vs the Sabres. New Jersey was 0-0-0 at Prudential Center and 0-2-0 at KeyBank Center. Dating back to the Nov. 11, 2010, New Jersey has posted a record 9-2-3 (21 pts) at Prudential Center vs Buffalo.  

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo: 54-82-19-9

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo at home: 26-44-8-5

All-time leader in points vs Buffalo: Patrik Elias (42), John MacLean (30), Bobby Holik (28), Scott Gomez (23), Scott Niedermayer (23)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs Buffalo: John MacLean (17), Patrik Elias (12), Petr Sykora (11), Bill Guerin (11), Zach Parise (8)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs Buffalo: Patrik Elias (30), Bobby Holik (20), Scott Niedermayer (19), Scott Gomez (16), Wilf Paiement (15)

All-time franchise leader in win vs Buffalo: Martin Brodeur (33), Cory Schneider (10), Chris Terreri (4), Keith Kinkaid (3), Craig Billington (3)

INJURIES

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 13

ZAJAC

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.

MR. 1,000

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). 

MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*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 – 9 goals to 50 NJD/NHL

*Sami Vatanen – 1 assist to 150 NHL

– 5 goals to 50 NHL

– 6 points to 200 NHL

*Jesper Bratt – 8 GP to 200 NJD/NHL

*Dmitry Kulikov – 11 GP to 700 NHL

*PK Subban – 2 power-play goals to 50 NHL

*Nikita Gusev – 4 points to 50 NJD/NHL

MILESTONES ACHIEVED

*Yegor Sharangovich – 1st NHL GP (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

*Ty Smith – 1st NHL GP (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

1st NHL Goal (Jan. 15 vs. BOS)

*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)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Feb. 15: Recalled Aaron Dell from conditioning loan

Reassigned Gilles Senn and Josh Jacobs from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL)

Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad.

Feb. 16: Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and Nick Merkley from taxi squad

Recalled Evan Cormier and Jeremy Groleau to taxi squad from Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 17: Assigned Nick Merkley and Mikhail Maltsev to taxi squad

Reassigned Evan Cormier and Jeremy Groleau from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 19: Assgined Nick Merkley and Mikhail Matlsev to taxi squad

Assigned Ben Street, Brett Seney, and Jesper Boqvist to Binghamton (AHL)

Assigned Brandon Gignac to Jacksonville (ECHL)

Feb. 20: Assigned Matt Tennyson to taxi squad

Assigned Nick Merkley to Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 21 Loaned Yegor Sharangovich to taxi squad

Recalled Mikhail Maltsev from 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

*Game Notes written by Craig Seiden, New Jersey Devils Radio Statistician*

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