New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Apr. 11 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

New Jersey Devils (14-19-6) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (26-13-2) • 7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • ATTSN-PT/ MSG+ 2/NHLN

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LAST GAME VS. PITTSBURGH

The New Jersey Devils suffered a 6-4 (ENG) loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at Prudential Center.

The Devils tallied two third-period goals to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-4 late in the frame.

New Jersey is now 2-2-0-0 vs. the Penguins this season.

Entering tonight’s contest, the Devils are now 1-2-0-0 against Pittsburgh on home ice.

Jersey’s team outshot the Penguins, 29-27.

The Devils were 0/1 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill.

New Jersey was 51% in the face-off circle, overall.

TONIGHT’S GAME VS. PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Prudential Center for the fourth time this season. It marks the fifth of eight matchups between the divisional foes, and the final home game vs. Pittsburgh for the 2020-21 campaign.  

Jersey’s team has 10 goals-for and 12 goals allowed vs. Pittsburgh this season.

This is the second game of a three-game homestand for Jersey’s team. The Devils close out the stand on Tuesday night when they host the New York Rangers for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.

Since the 2017-18 season, New Jersey is 9-5-FIX

The Devils own a 5-3-1 record when playing on Sunday’s this season. 

WHAT TO KNOW

Miles Wood recorded two goals and owned a plus/minus rating of +2 vs. Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Wood’s 13 goals lead the Devils for the season.

Jack Hughes is heating up out on the ice. Hughes earned his ninth goal of the season on Friday and has goals in consecutive contests for the first time this season.

The 2019 first-overall pick owns 21PTS points (9g-12a) in 39 games played. Keep in mind that Hughes tallied 21PTS (7g-14a) in 61 games last season.

Additionally, Hughes has skated in 100 career regular-season games.

Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovic earned first and secondary assists on Hughes’ goal, respectively. The trio has combined for 12 points over the last two contests.

Jesper Bratt and Pavel Zacha also both recorded one assist each on the night. Additionally, Zacha posted seven shots on goal, which tied a career-high (12/27/18 @ Boston).

Bratt has recorded 6PTS over his last four games (2g-4a).

Jesper Boqvist enters tonight with goals in consecutive outings and has 4 PTS (2g-2a) in his last five outings.

SCORING LEADERS: BRINGING: LIGHTING THE LAMP VS. THE STEEL CITY

Bratt leads the Devils with 4PTS (1g-3a) vs. Pittsburgh this season.

Hughes ranks second behind Bratt with two goals and one helper for three points.

Wood has also posted two goals vs. the Penguins this season.

Defenseman Sami Vatanen has tallied 2 PTS (1g-1a) against the Penguins.

Ty Smith, Zacha and Kuokkanen have all recorded two assists vs. the black and gold.

Blueliner P.K. Subban has one goal against the divisional foes.

MUTUAL CONNECTIONS: BUILDING BRIDGES

New Jersey assistant coach Mark Recchi laced up the skates for the Pittsburgh Penguins on three different stints {1990-91 1991-92} {2005-06} & {2006-07, 2007-08}. Recchi appeared in three Stanly Cup finals with the Steel City and hoisted Lord Stanley with the Pens twice during the first stint.

Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins as an assistant coach and member of the front office in 2008-09. He was promoted to assistant GM in July of 2009.

TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

While the Devils suffered a tough loss on Friday, blueliner Damon Severson finished the night with a +2 rating and logged 20:46 of time-on-ice (TOI). Perhaps the right-handed shot adds a boost of offense against Pittsburgh tonight.

ALL-TIME: JERSEY’S TEAM VS. STEEL CITY

All-time franchise regular-season record vs. Pittsburgh: 120-102-17-6

All-time franchise regular-season record vs Pittsburgh at home: 65-44-13-3

All-time leader in points vs Pittsburgh: Patrik Elias (70), John MacLean (59), Kirk Muller (55), Bruce Driver (48), Travis Zajac (48)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs Pittsburgh: John MacLean (32), Patrik Elias (24), Travis Zajac (19), Aaron Broten (18), Kirk Muller (17)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs Pittsburgh: Patrik Elias (46), Bruce Driver (42), Kirk Muller (38), Travis Zajac (29), Scott Gomez (28)

All-time franchise leader in win vs Pittsburgh: Martin Brodeur (48), Chris Terreri (10), Glenn Resch (8), Season Burke (7), Keith Kinkaid (6)

AROUND THE RINK

The New Jersey Devils will host their fifth annual Pride Night. Yet, for the first time, the Devils will wear pride-themed warm-up jerseys, which will be autographed and available for auction.

For more information: NewJerseyDevils.com/pridenight

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 13: New York Rangers at Devils, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 15: New Jersey at Rangers, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 17: New Jersey at Rangers, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 18: New York Rangers at Devils, 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20: New Jersey at Penguins, 7:00 p.m.

INJURIES

Nico Hischier (Week-to-Week) – 23 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 27

Nathan Bastian    (Day-to-Day) – 12 games missed; Lower-body injury sustained Mar. 18

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 48

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

The New Jersey Devils 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 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).  

CZECHMATE

Pavel Zacha recorded his first 10-game point streak of his career, which came to an end on Mar. 2, 2021. At the time the streak ended, Zacha was one of five players in the NHL this season to record a 10-game point streak or longer.

Zacha finishes his streak as one of 22 players in Devils franchise history to record a point streak of 10-games or longer. At 23 years and 330 days, sixth youngest player in franchise history to record a streak of 10-games or longer. Zacha becomes the first player since Patrik Elias (23 years 258 days) in the 1999-2000 season to record a point streak of 10-games or longer at the age of 23 years and younger.

ROOKIES LEADING THE WAY

Since the 2015 NHL Draft, 19 Devils’ draft picks have played in at least one NHL game so far

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

Ty Smith (2-19-21), Janne Kuokkanen (6-14-20), Yegor Sharangovich (9-8-17), Nathan Bastian (2-4-6), Nicholas Merkley (2-4-6), Mikhail Maltsev (4-1-5) and Tyce Thompson (0-1-1) have all combined for 25 goals, 51 assists for 76 points.

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. 

JANNE KUOKKANEN

Janne Kuokkanen’s four-game goal streak came to an end of March 16th vs Buffalo. Kuokkanen becomes one of six Devils rookies in franchise history to record a four-game goal streak or longer. 

Wilf Paiment (1974-75, KCS) – 6 GP

Barry Beck (1977-78, CLR) – 6 GP

Paul Gagne (1980-81, CLR) – 4 GP

Greg Adams (1984-85, NJD) – 4 GP

Nico Hischier (2017-18, NJD) – 4 GP

Janne Kuokkanen (2020-21, NJD) – 4 GP 

TEEN’S LEADING THE WAY

Jack Hughes (13-22-35) at 19-years-old, is one of 10 teenagers in franchise history to collect at least 35 points. Hughes needs three more points to join six other players at 40 points or more before turning 20. 

Aaron Broten – 39pts

Paul Gagne – 58 pts

Pat Verbeek – 52 pts

Kirk Muller – 94 pts

Brendan Shanahan – 41 pts

Scott Niedermayer – 41 pts

Petr Sykora – 45 pts

Jesper Bratt – 35 pts

Nico Hischer – 79 pts

Jack Hughes – 42 pts (To Date)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*Will Butcher – 2 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Andreas Johnsson – 8 assists to 50 NHL 

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

-2 points to tie Ken Daneyko (178) seventh place all-time in franchise history for points by a defenseman 

-1 assists away from tying Paul Martin (137) for eighth place all-time in franchise history for assists by a defenseman. 

– 3 power-play assists from 50 NJD/NHL 

*Mackenzie Blackwood – 9 wins to 50 NJD/NHL 

-10 games to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Sami Vatanen –3 goals to 50 NHL 

– 1 point to 200 NHL 

*Aaron Dell – 1 wins to 50 NHL 

*Jesper Bratt – 9 goals to 50 NJD/NHL 

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

– 9 points to 450 NHL 

– 10 power-play assists to 150 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).

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Mar. 17: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Jesper Boqvist and Nicholas Merkley to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 18: Recalled Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 19: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 20: Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and NicholasMerkley 

Reassigned Gilles Senn from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 21: Placed Nathan Bastian (lower body) on Injury Reserve, retroactive March 18. 

Recalled Michael McLeod from taxi squad 

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

Assigned Jeremy Groleau and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 24: Signed Tyce Thompson to a two-year, entry-level contract, beginning the 2020-21 season.  Assigned to taxi squad. 

Reassigned Ben Street and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

April 1: Signed forward Aarne Talvitie to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season.

Waived forward Nikita Gusev.

Apr. 2: Nikita Gusev cleared waivers, assigned to taxi squad.

Apr. 7: Nicholas Merkley placed on waivers.

Apr. 7: Nikita Gusev placed on unconditional waivers.

Apr. 7: Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, a 2021 first-round draft pick & a conditional 2022 fourth-round-pick.

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) 

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

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

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

Free Agency:  Will ButcherDmitry Kulikov, Matt Tennyson, Sami Vatanen, Scott Wedgewood 

Trade/Waivers: Aaron DellNikita GusevAndreas Johnsson, Janne KuokkanenRyan Murray, P.K. Subban

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New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh 6 @ New Jersey 4

Three Stars: 1. S. Crosby 2. B. Rust 3. J. Hughes

Team Notes

The New Jersey Devils suffered a 6-4 (ENG) loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at Prudential Center.

The Devils tallied two third-period goals to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-4 late in the frame.

New Jersey is now 2-2-0-0 vs. the Penguins this season.

After tonight’s loss, the Devils are now 1-2-0-0 against Pittsburgh on home ice.

Jersey’s team outshot the Penguins, 29-27.

The Devils were 0/1 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill.

New Jersey was 51% in the face-off circle, overall.

Player Notes

Miles Wood opened the scoring (3:01) during the first period and cashed in again during the latter stages of the third period. Wood finished the night with two goals and owned a plus/minus rating of +2.

Wood’s 13 goals lead the Devils for the season.

Jack Hughes put home a rebound goal that found the top shelf past Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith during the second period. Hughes now has goals in consecutive contests for the first time in 2020-21.

The goal also marked the youngster’s ninth goal for the season and 21st points (9g-12a).

Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovic earned first and secondary assists on Hughes’ goal, respectively. The trio has combined for 12 points over the last two contests.

Jesper Bratt and Pavel Zacha also both recorded one assist each on the night. Additionally, Zacha posted seven shots on goal, which tied a career-high (12/27/18 @ Boston).

Jesper Boqvist found the back of the net for consecutive outings and now has two goals this season.

RECORD

Record14-19-6
Record at Home4-14-3
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh120-102-17-6 (245 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh at Home65-43-13-3 (124 Games)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rd TOTAL
Pittsburgh9117      27
Devils7913     29

Devils Leaders

ShotsPavel Zacha – 7
Faceoff WinsZacha – 13
Faceoff PercentageTravis Zajac – 62% & 3 skaters went 100%
HitsDmitry Kulikov – 3
Blocked ShotsSami Vatanen, Jesper Bratt & Kulikov – 2
TakeawaysMichael McLeod – 2
TOITy Smith – 23:45

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 – Pittsburgh Penguins
  • TOI Report – New Jersey Devils
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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins (25-13-2) @ New Jersey Devils (14-18-6) • 7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • ESPN+/ATTSN-PT/ MSG+ 2

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Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

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LAST GAME AT BUFFALO

The New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game skid and defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, at the KeyBank Center.

Jersey’s team won the season series against Buffalo with a 4-3-0-1 record, overall.

The Devils outshot Buffalo, 38-27. Additionally, New Jersey tightened up defensively and held the Sabres to just two shots in the third period.

New Jersey went 2/4 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill. The two goals on the man advantage also marked the first time this season that the Devils netted multiple power-play goals in a contest.

TONIGHT’S GAME VS. PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Prudential Center for the third time this season. New Jersey is 1-1-0-0 vs. the Steel City at home for the 2020-21 campaign.

The Devils are 2-1-0-0 against Pittsburgh this season.

Last Matchup: New Jersey defeated the Penguins, 2-1, in overtime on March 21. Jesper Bratt netted the game-winning goal 2:50 into the extra frame.

Jersey’s team has six goals-for and six goals allowed vs. Pittsburgh this season.

WHAT TO KNOW

Pavel Zacha recorded his first multi-goal game on Thursday at Buffalo. Both tallies were recorded on the

Zacha leads New Jersey with 24PTS (10g-14a) and enters the contest with goals in consecutive games.

Jack Hughes ripped one from the slot against Buffalo and earned his 8th goal on the year and broke a 10-game goal drought. Hughes finished the last contest 3PTS (1g-2a).

Let’s not forget that Hughes has points in consecutive contests (1g-3a) for the first time since Feb. 20-21. The youngster also led the Devils with eight face-off wins vs. Buffalo.

Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen also finished the night with three points, after they both netted one goal and chipped in two assists. The duo in addition to Hughes finished the night with a +3 rating.

Sharangovich has 2PTS (1g-1a) in his last three games.

Jesper Boqvist not only earned his first goal for the 2020-21 campaign, but tallied the game-winning goal 8:45 into the final frame.

Jesper Bratt posted two assists on Thursday and earned multi-point outings in consecutive contests (1g-3a). The Stockholm, Swedish native enters tonight riding a three-game points streak (2g-3a—5PTS).

Defenseman Ty Smith finished the night with two assists and now has 21PTS (2g-19a) for his rookie campaign.

Aaron Dell collected his first victory in a Devils’ sweater and recorded 24 saves.

Centerman Michael McLeod chipped in one assist. McLeod has 3PTS (2g-1a) over his last four outings.

SCORING LEADERS: BRINGING: LIGHTING THE LAMP VS. THE STEEL CITY

Bratt has one goals and two assists for three points vs. Pittsburgh this season.

Sami Vatanen and Hughes both have 2PTS (1g-1a) against the Penguins.

Smith has two helpers (0g-2a—2PTS) vs. the black and gold.

Blueliner P.K. Subban has one goal against the divisional foes.

MUTUAL CONNECTIONS: BUILDING BRIDGES

New Jersey assistant coach Mark Recchi laced up the skates for the Pittsburgh Penguins on three different stints {1990-91 1991-92} {2005-06} & {2006-07, 2007-08}. Recchi appeared in three Stanly Cup finals with the Steel City and hoisted Lord Stanley with the Pens twice during the first stint.

Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins as an assistant coach and member of the front office in 2008-09. He was promoted to assistant GM in July of 2009.

TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

Jesper Bratt hasn’t been a stranger to the scoresheet lately and ranks second on the team with his 23PTS (5g-18a). His skating abilities and style of play should pay dividends against a fast-paced Penguins squad.

ALL-TIME: JERSEY’S TEAM VS. STEEL CITY

All-time franchise regular-season record vs. Pittsburgh: 120-101-17-6

All-time franchise regular-season record vs Pittsburgh at home: 65-43-13-3

All-time leader in points vs Pittsburgh: Patrik Elias (70), John MacLean (59), Kirk Muller (55), Bruce Driver (48), Travis Zajac (48)

All-time franchise leader in goals vs Pittsburgh: John MacLean (32), Patrik Elias (24), Travis Zajac (19), Aaron Broten (18), Kirk Muller (17)

All-time franchise leader in assists vs Pittsburgh: Patrik Elias (46), Bruce Driver (42), Kirk Muller (38), Travis Zajac (29), Scott Gomez (28)

All-time franchise leader in win vs Pittsburgh: Martin Brodeur (48), Chris Terreri (10), Glenn Resch (8), Season Burke (7), Keith Kinkaid (6)

INJURIES

Nico Hischier (Week-to-Week) – 22 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 27

Nathan Bastian    (Day-to-Day) – 11 games missed; Lower-body injury sustained Mar. 18

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 44

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

The New Jersey Devils 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 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).  

CZECHMATE

Pavel Zacha recorded his first 10-game point streak of his career, which came to an end on Mar. 2, 2021. At the time the streak ended, Zacha was one of five players in the NHL this season to record a 10-game point streak or longer.

Zacha finishes his streak as one of 22 players in Devils franchise history to record a point streak of 10-games or longer. At 23 years and 330 days, sixth youngest player in franchise history to record a streak of 10-games or longer. Zacha becomes the first player since Patrik Elias (23 years 258 days) in the 1999-2000 season to record a point streak of 10-games or longer at the age of 23 years and younger.

JANNE KUOKKANEN

Janne Kuokkanen’s four-game goal streak came to an end of March 16th vs Buffalo. Kuokkanen becomes one of six Devils rookies in franchise history to record a four-game goal streak or longer. 

Wilf Paiment (1974-75, KCS) – 6 GP

Barry Beck (1977-78, CLR) – 6 GP

Paul Gagne (1980-81, CLR) – 4 GP

Greg Adams (1984-85, NJD) – 4 GP

Nico Hischier (2017-18, NJD) – 4 GP

Janne Kuokkanen (2020-21, NJD) – 4 GP 

TEEN’S LEADING THE WAY

Jack Hughes (13-22-35) at 19-years-old, is one of 10 teenagers in franchise history to collect at least 35 points. Hughes needs three more points to join six other players at 40 points or more before turning 20. 

Aaron Broten – 39pts

Paul Gagne – 58 pts

Pat Verbeek – 52 pts

Kirk Muller – 94 pts

Brendan Shanahan – 41 pts

Scott Niedermayer – 41 pts

Petr Sykora – 45 pts

Jesper Bratt – 35 pts

Nico Hischer – 79 pts

Jack Hughes – 38 pts (To Date)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*Will Butcher – 2 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Andreas Johnsson – 8 assists to 50 NHL 

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

-2 points to tie Ken Daneyko (178) seventh place all-time in franchise history for points by a defenseman 

-1 assists away from tying Paul Martin (137) for eighth place all-time in franchise history for assists by a defenseman. 

– 3 power-play assists from 50 NJD/NHL 

*Mackenzie Blackwood – 9 wins to 50 NJD/NHL 

-10 games to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Sami Vatanen –3 goals to 50 NHL 

– 1 point to 200 NHL 

*Aaron Dell – 1 wins to 50 NHL 

*Jesper Bratt – 9 goals to 50 NJD/NHL 

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

– 9 points to 450 NHL 

– 10 power-play assists to 150 NHL 

*Jack Hughes – 2 games to 100 NJD/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) 

*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)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Mar. 17: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Jesper Boqvist and Nicholas Merkley to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 18: Recalled Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 19: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 20: Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and NicholasMerkley 

Reassigned Gilles Senn from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 21: Placed Nathan Bastian (lower body) on Injury Reserve, retroactive March 18. 

Recalled Michael McLeod from taxi squad 

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

Assigned Jeremy Groleau and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 24: Signed Tyce Thompson to a two-year, entry-level contract, beginning the 2020-21 season.  Assigned to taxi squad. 

Reassigned Ben Street and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

April 1: Signed forward Aarne Talvitie to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season.

Waived forward Nikita Gusev.

Apr. 2: Nikita Gusev cleared waivers, assigned to taxi squad.

Apr. 7: Nicholas Merkley placed on waivers.

Apr. 8: Traded Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the NY Islanders in exchange for AJ Greer, Mason Jobst, NYI 2021 1st round Draft choice and conditional 2022 fourth round pick.

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) 

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

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

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

Free Agency:  Will ButcherDmitry Kulikov, Matt Tennyson, Sami Vatanen, Scott Wedgewood 

Trade/Waivers: Aaron DellNikita GusevAndreas Johnsson, Janne KuokkanenRyan Murray,  P.K. Subban

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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Apr. 8 @ Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils Post-Game Notes: Apr. 8 At Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils @ Buffalo Sabres 

Three Stars: 1. P. Zacha 2. J. Hughes 3. R. Dahlin

Team Notes

The New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game skid and defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, at the KeyBank Center.

Jersey’s team won the season series against Buffalo with a 4-3-0-1 record, overall.

The Devils outshot Buffalo, 38-27. Additionally, New Jersey tightened up defensively and held the Sabres to just two shots in the third period.

New Jersey went 2/4 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill. The two goals on the man advantage also marked the first time this season that the Devils netted multiple power-play goals in a contest.

Player Notes

Pavel Zacha netted two goals in the first period and on two different power plays. It marks the first time this season that the 6-foot-3 forward recorded a multi-goal game.

Jack Hughes earned his eighth goal for the 2020-21 campaign, which broke a 10-game goal drought for the 19-year-old. The 2019 first-overall pick finished the night with 3PTS (1g-2a).

Hughes’ line-mates in Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen also finished the night with three points, after they both netted one goal and chipped in two assists. The trio all finished the night with a +3 rating.

Jesper Boqvist not only earned his first goal for the 2020-21 campaign, but tallied the game-winning goal 8:45 into the final frame.

Jesper Bratt posted two assists on Thursday and earned multi-point outings in consecutive contests (1g-3a).

Defenseman Ty Smith finished the night with two assists and now has 21PTS (2g-19a) for his rookie campaign.

Aaron Dell collected his first victory in a Devils’ sweater and recorded 24 saves.

Centerman Michael McLeod chipped in one assist.

RECORD

Record14-18-6
Record on the Road10-5-3
All-Time Record vs Buffalo68-73-17-9 (167 Games)
All-Time Record vs Buffalo on the Road33-38-8-6 (85 Games)

STATISTICS

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rd TOTAL
Buffalo13122        27
Devils141311       38

Devils Leaders

ShotsPavel Zacha – 6
Faceoff WinsJack Hughes – 8
Faceoff PercentageYegor Sharangovich (2 F/O) – 67%
HitsAndreas Johnsson, Damon Severson, Dmitry Kulikov – 2
Blocked ShotsDmitry Kulikov  – 3
TakeawaysMichael McLeod – 2
TOIDamon Severson– 22:19

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
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New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Apr. 8 @ Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (13-18-6) @ Buffalo Sabres (9-23-6) • 7:00 PM ET • KeyBank Center • MSG+ 2/MSG-B

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LAST GAME VS. BUFFALO

The Devils dropped their fourth consecutive contest, after the Buffalo Sabres defeated New Jersey by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

New Jersey is 3-3-0-1 vs. the Sabres this season.

The Devils are now 13-18-6, overall.

Jersey’s team outshot Buffalo, 30-18.

The Devils were 1/3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.

New Jersey and the Sabres close out the season series on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Buffalo.

TONIGHT’S GAME AT BUFFALO

The matchup marks the final meeting of eight games between the two teams this season.

New Jersey is 2-0-0-1 at Buffalo for the 2020-21 campaign.

A win tonight would mark (tied, Boston; 4 wins) the most wins the Devils earned against a divisional opponent this season, to date.

Jersey’s team has outscored the Sabres, 12-9, at Buffalo for the season.

WHAT TO KNOW

Team captain Nico Hischier returned to the ice for practice on Wednesday and traveled to Buffalo with the Devils. Yet, his return to game-action has not been confirmed.

Forward Tyce Thompson recorded one assist and finished his NHL debut with a plus/minus rating of +1 on Tuesday.

Per NHL PR, Thompson ranks fifth in franchise history for “fastest points from the start of an NHL debut.” Current defenseman Will Butcher is ranked fourth for the category, who recorded his first NHL point 4:04 into a contest on Oct. 7, 2017.

Jesper Bratt netted his fifth goal for the season. Bratt finished Tuesday night with 2PTS (1g-a), which marked his third multi-point effort for the 2020-21 campaign.

Bratt’s 21PTS (5g-16a) rank second on the team.

Pavel Zacha recorded his eighth tally for the season and chipped in one assist vs. Buffalo on Tuesday. The 24-year-old leads the Devils with 22PTS (8g-14a).

SCORING LEADERS: BRINGING THE HEAT VS. BUFFALO

Zacha leads New Jersey with 9PTS (2g-7a) vs. Buffalo this season. That marks the most points for Zacha against any divisional opponent this season (1g-4a-5PTS vs. Washington).

Additionally, the left-handed shot scored the overtime winning goal at Buffalo on February 25th.

Bratt ranks second in scoring vs. Buffalo this season with 7PTS (2g-5a). The seven points for Bratt against the Sabres are the most vs. any divisional opponent for the campaign (3PTS vs. four teams).

Miles Wood enters the contest with 6PTS (4g-2a) vs. the Sabres this season, and his four goals lead Jersey’s team against blue and gold.

Wood needs one more goal to pass Zach Parise (8 goals) for sole possession of fourth all-time vs. Buffalo.

P.K. Subban leads all New Jersey defensemen with 5PTS (1g-4a) vs. Buffalo for the campaign.

Rookie defenseman Ty Smith has 4PTS (1g-3a) vs. the Sabres this season. The total is the most points (tied, NYI; 0g-4a) that Smith has recorded vs. any other divisional opponent this season.

Michael McLeod and Andreas Johnsson both have two goals vs. Buffalo this season.

MUTUAL CONNECTIONS

New Jersey head coach Lindy Ruff spent 15 seasons as the head coach of the Sabres, and led the team to the 1998-1999 Stanley Cup final. Ruff’s 571 career regular-season wins behind the bench is the most all-time for the Sabres. Additionally, he won the Jack Adams Award with the Sabres for the 2005-06 campaign.

Buffalo forward Taylor Hall spent parts of four seasons with the Devils (2016-17-2019-20), and earned the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy.

New Jersey defenseman Dmitry Kulikov spent one season with Buffalo during the 2016-17 campaign.

TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH

It seems that Zacha scores in “bunches” this season. The forward has scored in back-to-back games on three occasions for 2020-21, which totaled six of his eight goals.

ALL-TIME: JERSEY BOYS VS. BUFFALONIANS

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo: 67-72-17-9

All-time franchise regular season record vs Buffalo at home: 35-34-9-3

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) Miles Wood (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

Nico Hischier (Week-to-Week) – 21 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 27

Nathan Bastian    (Day-to-Day) – 10 games missed; Lower-body injury sustained Mar. 18

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 42

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

The New Jersey Devils 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 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).  

CZECHMATE

Pavel Zacha recorded his first 10-game point streak of his career, which came to an end on Mar. 2, 2021. At the time the streak ended, Zacha was one of five players in the NHL this season to record a 10-game point streak or longer.

Zacha finishes his streak as one of 22 players in Devils franchise history to record a point streak of 10-games or longer. At 23 years and 330 days, sixth youngest player in franchise history to record a streak of 10-games or longer. Zacha becomes the first player since Patrik Elias (23 years 258 days) in the 1999-2000 season to record a point streak of 10-games or longer at the age of 23 years and younger.

ROOKIES LEADING THE WAY

Since the 2015 NHL Draft, 18 Devils’ draft picks have played in at least one NHL game so far

(when Tyce Thompson makes his debut, it will be 19). That is the most in the League in that

timespan. Columbus is second with 15 players.

Ty Smith (2-17-19), Janne Kuokkanen (5-11-16), Yegor Sharangovich (8-5-13), Nathan Bastian (2-4-6), Mikhail Maltsev (4-1-4), and Nicholas Merkley (2-4-6) have all combined for 23 goals, 42 assists for 65 points.

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. 

JANNE KUOKKANEN

Janne Kuokkanen’s four-game goal streak came to an end of March 16th vs Buffalo. Kuokkanen becomes one of six Devils rookies in franchise history to record a four-game goal streak or longer. 

Wilf Paiment (1974-75, KCS) – 6 GP

Barry Beck (1977-78, CLR) – 6 GP

Paul Gagne (1980-81, CLR) – 4 GP

Greg Adams (1984-85, NJD) – 4 GP

Nico Hischier (2017-18, NJD) – 4 GP

Janne Kuokkanen (2020-21, NJD) – 4 GP 

TEEN’S LEADING THE WAY

Jack Hughes (13-22-35) at 19-years-old, is one of 10 teenagers in franchise history to collect at least 35 points. Hughes needs three more points to join six other players at 40 points or more before turning 20. 

Aaron Broten – 39pts

Paul Gagne – 58 pts

Pat Verbeek – 52 pts

Kirk Muller – 94 pts

Brendan Shanahan – 41 pts

Scott Niedermayer – 41 pts

Petr Sykora – 45 pts

Jesper Bratt – 35 pts

Nico Hischer – 79 pts

Jack Hughes – 37 pts (To Date)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

*Will Butcher – 2 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Andreas Johnsson – 8 assists to 50 NHL 

*Travis Zajac – 

– 2 assists to 350 NJD/NHL 

– 2 power-play points to 150 NJD/NHL 

– 2 power play goals to 55 pass Pat Verbeek for fourth place in franchise history 

*Kyle Palmieri – 3 games to 400 NJD 

– 5 games to 600 NHL 

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

-2 points to tie Ken Daneyko (178) seventh place all-time in franchise history for points by a defenseman 

-1 assists away from tying Paul Martin (137) for eighth place all-time in franchise history for assists by a defenseman. 

– 3 power-play assists from 50 NJD/NHL 

*Mackenzie Blackwood – 9 wins to 50 NJD/NHL 

-10 games to 100 NJD/NHL 

*Sami Vatanen –3 goals to 50 NHL 

– 1 point to 200 NHL 

*Aaron Dell – 2 wins to 50 NHL 

*Jesper Bratt – 9 goals to 50 NJD/NHL 

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

– 9 points to 450 NHL 

– 10 power-play assists to 150 NHL 

*Jack Hughes – 3 games to 100 NJD/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 30tth career regular-season game (April 2 vs. WSH)

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Mar. 17: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Jesper Boqvist and Nicholas Merkley to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 18: Recalled Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 19: Assigned Michael McLeod and Mikhail Maltsev from New Jersey to taxi squad 

Reassigned Marian Studenic and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

Mar. 20: Recalled Mikhail Maltsev and NicholasMerkley 

Reassigned Gilles Senn from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 21: Placed Nathan Bastian (lower body) on Injury Reserve, retroactive March 18. 

Recalled Michael McLeod from taxi squad 

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

Assigned Jeremy Groleau and David Quenneville from Binghamton (AHL) to taxi squad 

Mar. 24: Signed Tyce Thompson to a two-year, entry-level contract, beginning the 2020-21 season.  Assigned to taxi squad. 

Reassigned Ben Street and David Quenneville from taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) 

April 1: Signed forward Aarne Talvitie to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2021-22 season.

Waived forward Nikita Gusev.

Apr. 2: Nikita Gusev cleared waivers, assigned to taxi squad.

Apr. 7: Nicholas Merkley placed on waivers.

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) 

Tyce Thompson (2017, 4th round, 96th 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 ButcherDmitry Kulikov, Matt Tennyson, Sami Vatanen, Scott Wedgewood 

Trade/Waivers: Aaron DellNikita GusevAndreas Johnsson, Janne KuokkanenRyan Murray, Kyle PalmieriP.K. Subban

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