Devils Pre-Game Notes: 10/28/17 vs. Arizona

New Jersey Devils (7-2-0) vs. Arizona Coyotes (0-9-1)

7 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on and all Devils Social Media channels.

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 4:45 PM outside of the Devils locker room

    ***REMINDER: The Metropolitan Riveters will play the Boston Pride in a National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Game at 1:30pm on the Prudential Center game rink. You are all welcome to attend. Let me know and we will provide media seating.***



The New Jersey Devils defeated the Ottawa Senators, in front of 13,763 fans, to take a commanding 2-0-0 season-series lead.  The club defeated the Sens at Canadian Tire Centre in their first meeting on Oct. 19., 5-4 (OT). The two clubs will meet for their third and final matchup in 2017-18 on Feb. 6 at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Devils have scored five or more goals in five of their nine games this season.  They are rank seventh (tie, PHI/PIT/VGK) with 34 total goals.
It was New Jersey’s second shootout victory of the season (2-0-0). The Devils also defeated Tampa Bay, 5-4 SO, on Oct. 17.
The Devils were 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play and were 2-2 (100%) while shorthanded. The club is ranked 8TH in the league with a 23.7 power play %.
It was the first have half of NJ’s third set of 16 back-to-back games this season (2-1-0 in first / 1-1-0 second).  It is the only set that New Jersey will play at home on consecutive nights during 2017-18.


Keith Kinkaid started his second consecutive game and stopped 23 of 27 shots (+ 3 of 4 SO).  He is 3-1-0 with a .910 save-percentage this season.
Jesper Bratt scored the game-deciding goal on the first shootout attempt of his NHL career. 

Brian Gibbons notched his fourth goal of the year in the second period and leads the Devils with a plus-7 rating.

Jimmy Hayes recorded his first multi-point game (1G-1A) as a Devil and was named the games’ first star.
Will Butcher had one assist on on Adam Henrique’s power play tally. He is tied for second (S. Stamkos & N. Backstrom) among all NHL players with six power play assists.


Blueliner Damon Severson notched his first goal of the season. It was his first goal since, Nov. 15, 2016 vs. TB (73 games).


Kyle Palmieri missed the game with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.




The Devils face-off against Arizona for the first of two meetings this season.  The clubs will play for the final time in the regular season on Dec. 2 at Gila River Arena.  In 2016-17, the Devils were 1-1-0 vs. the Yotes.  


New Jersey is 0-1-0 against the Pacific Division thus far and is 1-1-0 vs. the Western Conference.  The club is seeking its first home winning streak at Prudential Center tonight. 


Taylor Hall (2G-2A) and Damon Severson (4A) notched four points each against Arizona last season.  


This summer, former Devil/MSG Networks broadcaster John MacLean was hired by Arizona as an assistant coach.  As a Devil, MacLean scored 347G-354A-701PTS and won the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship with the team.




  • Travis Zajac (IR, torn left pectoral muscle, 9 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
  • Brian Boyle (IR, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 9 games missed) announced Sept. 19, has resumed skating with the team.
  • Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 9 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks.
  • Cory Schneider (IR, lower body/birth of daughter, 2 games missed) suffered Oct. 20, retro to Oct. 19 at OTT has resumed skating with the team.  
  • Kyle Palmieri (lower body, 1 game missed) is day-to-day.

Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 34




JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 in NHL.




September 27: Recalled F Kevin Rooney from Binghamton (AHL). Assigned F Bracken Kearns, F Ben Thomson, Scott Wedgewood to Binghtamton (AHL).


September 30: Assigned F Kevin Rooney and G Ken Appleby to Binghamton (AHL).  Placed D Viktor Loov on waivers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

October 1: Assigned D Viktor Loov to Binghamton (AHL). Signed F Jimmy Hayes as a free agent to a one-year, one-way contract.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

October 3: Assigned forwards F Joseph Blandisi, Nick Lappin, John Quenneville and D Brian Strait to Binghmaton (AHL).

October 20: Placed G Cory Schneider on Injured Reserve (retro to Oct. 19). Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions. Schneider is eligible to be activated today.



Nico Hischier scored the first two goals of his NHL career, Oct. 19 at OTT.  At 18 yrs, 288 days old he is the youngest Devils’ player to score a goal since Craig Wolanin did so vs. the North Stars on Dec 9, 1985 (18y-135d). He is the fifth-youngest in franchise history.



John Moore scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Oct. 19 at OTT.  He now has five OT game-winners with New Jersey, which is the most by any NHL defenseman since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second in OT goals by a defenseman in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).



After nine games, Devils are ranked 7th in the NHL (tie, PIT/PHI/VGK) with 34 goals. All teams with more goals-scored have played at least one more game than NJD.  In 2016-17, the club had scored just 21 goals after the first nine contests.



Defenseman Will Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 10 assists and is ranked second (tie, M. Sergachev – TB) in points.  Six of his 10 helpers have been on the power play.  


On Oct. 14 at NYR, he set an NHL record, becoming the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to have at least eight assists in his first five career games.


On Oct. 19 at OTT, Nico Hischier scored the first two goals of his career and notched an assist for his first three-point night. Hischier has (2G-5A-7PTS) through his first nine career games.


Jesper Bratt scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout, Oct. 27 vs. OTT, in his first career shootout attempt.



Rookie forward Jesper Bratt, New Jersey’s sixth-round pick in 2016, set a new franchise record for the most points in the first two games of his NHL career with 3G-2A-5PTS. In addition, he is one of only five NHL players in the last 17 seasons to record five points through his first two games. 

  • Others were: Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)

*credit NHL PR 



On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He has two 4G-2A-6PTS over his first nine games as a Devil.  In 66 NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, he had 5 total goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.



All eight players who are spending their first season with New Jersey have recorded at least one point in the Devils’ first eight games. Those players include Will Butcher (10A), Nico Hischier (2G-5A), Jesper Bratt (3G-4A), Marcus Johansson (3G-2A), Brian Gibbons (4G-2A), Drew Stafford (3G-1A), Jimmy Hayes (2G-1A) and Mirco Mueller (1A).



Defenseman Will Butcher set a new franchise record for the most points in a Devils’ debut. The 22-year-old blueliner made his NHL debut with NJD on Oct. 7 vs. Colorado and recorded three assists (3PTS). Butcher signed a two-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on August 27 after spending four seasons playing collegiate hockey at University of Denver (NCHC). He was the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner as college hockey’s best player.  He captained Denver to the 2017 NCAA Championship.



The Devils have eight players aged 23 or younger on their roster

Jesper Bratt – 19
Nico Hischier – 18
Michael McLeod – 19 (injured)
Pavel Zacha – 20
Will Butcher – 22
Mirco Mueller – 22
Steven Santini – 22
Damon Severson – 23

New Jersey has the second-youngest forward group in the NHL, averaging 24.3-years-old. 

New Jersey Roster Age by Year:

  • 2017-18: 26.7
  • 2016-17: 27.4
  • 2015-16: 27.7
  • 2014-15: 30.3
  • 2013-14: 29.8
  • 2012-13: 29.5

Roster By Nation (*indicates leads NHL)

  • USA – 14*
  • Canada – 4
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1


The 2017-18 campaign marks the 35th Anniversary Season of Devils Hockey in the Garden State.  During that span, the club has won three Stanley Cup Championships, 5 Eastern Conference Championships, 9 Atlantic Division titles and has seen 10 of their former players (Dave Andreychuk, Slava Fetisov, Doug Gilmour, Phil Housley, Igor Larionov, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Nieuwendyk, Brendan Shanahan, Peter Stastny and Scott Stevens) elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Lou Lamoriello, Pat Burns, and Herb Brooks were all inducted into the Hall of Fame as Builders.



On Saturday, Oct. 28, the New Jersey Devils will host a double header when the NWHL’s Metropolitan Riveters take on the Boston Pride at Prudential Center at 1PM. Six hours later, New Jersey will face-off against Arizona.  On Oct. 6, it was announced through the Harris Blitzer Sports Group that the Devils entered a strategic partnership with the NWHL franchise, which is the first of it’s kind.

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