Three Stars: 1. Jeff Carter 2. Drew Doughty 3. Tanner Pearson
The Devils fell to 1-2-0 on their four-game Western Conference road trip and to 3-5-2 on the road overall. New Jersey is now 9-5-3=21pts on the season.
New Jersey is 2-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division and is 4-2-1 against Western Conference opponents in 2016-17.
Tonight was the Devils’ first loss at Staples Center since Oct. 30, 2010 (1-3). The Devils are 4-1-0 in Los Angeles since the 2011-12 season. New Jersey is 6-3-0 overall vs. the Kings since the 2011-12 season.
This is the first time this season that the Devils have lost in regulation in two consecutive games.
Devils’ defensemen have provided 7 the club’s 12 (58.3%) goals over the last five games. They have 11 of the team’s 41 goals (26.8%) this season.
New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and is 0-25 with the man-advantage over the last eight games. The Devils have not scored a power play goal since Nov. 3 at Fla.
The Devils were 1-1 on the penalty-kill and took a season-low (tie, 11/8 vs. Car.) two penalty minutes tonight. They have not allowed a goal while shorthanded for the past four games (6-6).
The Devils were out-shot, 23-28. This is the first time the Devils have been out-shot in two consecutive games in 2016-17.
John Moore scored his third goal of the season to open the scoring at 3:38 of the first period. He has three points over the last four games (2g-1a).
Reid Boucher and Devante Smith-Pelly recorded the assists on Moore’s goal. Smith-Pelly has points in two straight games (1g-1a).
Nick Lappin netted his third goal of the season after the Devils pulled the goalie for the extra attacker at 17:28 of the third period. He had a season-high four shots on net.
P.A. Parenteau and Beau Bennett had the assists on Lappin’s marker. Parenteau and Bennett each have two assists over their last three games.
Blake Pietila made his season debut tonight after being recalled from Albany (AHL) Nov. 16. He had 14:18 of ice-time and collected three hits.
Andy Greene skated in his 328th consecutive game (Mar. 6, 2012-Nov. 19, 2016) tying Sergei Brylin (Oct. 8, 2003-Apr. 6, 2008) for the third-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history.
Kyle Quincey led the Devils with a season-high five shots on goal.
Damon Severson led New Jersey in ice-time with a season-high 24:20.
Vernon Fiddler was 5-8 (63%) on the faceoff circle
Cory Schneider made his fourth consecutive start in goal, his 14th of the season and fell to 7-5-2 on the season. He stopped 24 of 27 shots (.889 save %).