New Jersey Devils (15-7-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (17-9-1)
7PM ET • Nationwide Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
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*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
- 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena:
- UPDATE 12/5 Limited Number of Players will skate.
- UPDATE 12/5 Limited Number of Players will skate.
- LAST GAME: DEC. 2 – NEW JERSEY 0 at ARIZONA 5The Devils fell, 0-5, to the Coyotes at Gila River Arena in the second of their three-game, road-trip and concluded their season-series, 1-1-0, against Arizona. It was the third game in 2017-18 that New Jersey was held without a goal (Nov. 16 @ TOR, 0-1 OT, Oct. 20 vs. SJS, 0-3 L). Saturday’s loss came on the tail-end of the club’s sixth set of back-to-back games. The Devils are 5-1-0 in the first-half and are 4-2-0 in the second-half of back-to-back sets.Both clubs totaled 27 shots on goal. Keith Kinkaid started in net against the Coyotes for the first time in his NHL career (2nd appearance) and stopped 22 of 27 shots (.815 save%). It was just his second regulation loss of the season (5-2-1 overall). Additionally, New Jersey was shut-out in Kinkaid’s only other regulation-loss of 2017-18; Oct. 20 vs. SJS (0-3 L). Former Devils’ goaltender, Scott Wedgewood, started in net for Arizona to record his first shutout at the NHL-level since, Mar. 24, 2016, in a Devils’ 3-0 victory at PIT (39 saves).
Blueliner Damon Severson led all Devils’ skaters with 20:59 of action. Travis Zajac’s 19:44 was a season-high and he was 58.8% (10-17) in face-offs. Drew Stafford led NJD with five shots, tying his previous season-high (Oct. 17 vs. TB, 5).
New Jersey was 2-2 on the penalty-kill and are 17-19 (89.5%) over the past six games, Nov. 22-Dec. 2.
TONIGHT’S GAME VS. COLUMBUS
Tonight is the first of four match-ups between New Jersey and Columbus this season and the first of a home-and-home set. The Metropolitan Division rivals will meet again on Friday, Dec. 8, at Prudential Center. (also, Feb. 10 at CBJ, Feb. 20 at NJD).
Last season, the Devils were 1-3-0 against the Blue Jackets. The club’s only victory came on Feb. 4 at Nationwide Arena (5-1 W). The Devils are 6-7-2 all-time at CBJ and are 2-3-1 at Nationwide Arena since the 2014-15 season.
Tonight is just New Jersey’s third game against a Metropolitan Division opponent. The Devils are 1-1-0 (1-0-0 road) vs. the Metro and are 8-2-2 (5-0-1 road) against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils and Blue Jackets both lost their last game and will look to avoid consecutive losses. CBJ leads the division with 35 points, while NJD ranks second with 34PTS.
The Devils are 10-1-4, while the Jackets are 9-1-1 in one-goal games. New Jersey is 11-0-1 and Columbus is 10-1-0 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
Cory Schneider is expected to make the start in goal for New Jersey as he seeks his 100th win as a Devil. He was 1-2-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .913 save% against CBJ in 2016-17. Schneider has played 20 games against CBJ in his career, which is more than any other opponent. He is 10-8-2 (4-7-1) with a 2.26 GAA, .919 save% and two shutouts vs. CBJ.
- MUELLER (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured clavicle, 9GP missed).
- PALMIERI (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 6GP missed).
Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 86
SCHNEIDER – 1 WIN for 100 NJD
LOVEJOY – 2GP for 100 NJD
HALL – 2GP for 100 NJD
BOYLE – 3G for 100 NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL
JOHANSSON – 5PTS for 300 NHL
VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL
ZACHA – 8GP for 100 NHL/NJ
GIBBONS – 8GP for 100 NHL/NJ
Nov. 1: Placed F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) on I.R., retro to Oct. 22. Activated F Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) off I.R.
Nov. 9: Placed F Marcus Johansson (concussion) on I.R., retro to Nov. 1. Activated F Kyle Palmieri (lower body) off I.R., retro. to Oct. 22.
Nov. 15: Activated F Michael McLeod (lower body) and assigned to Mississauga (OHL). Placed D Mirco Mueller (broken left clavicle) on I.R., retro to Nov. 12.
Nov. 16: Activated C Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral) off I.R.
Nov. 22: Placed RW Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) on I.R., retro to Nov. 20.
Nov. 30: Acquired D Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Dec. 1: Activated F Marcus Johansson (concussion) off I.R.
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SAMI
New Jersey acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round selection in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from Anaheim in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He made his Devils’ debut, Dec. 1 at COL and led all New Jersey skaters with 23:13.
The Devils are 10-1-4 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 11-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 30-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
MILES & MILESTONES
On Nov. 12 at CHI., New Jersey stormed-back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Blackhawks, 7-5. Miles Wood scored the first hat-trick (2PP/1EV) of his NHL career and added one assist for his first career 4-point game. Taylor Hall tallied his 400th NHL point (72nd w/ NJD) with a goal in the second period, while captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th career/Devils’ point; also from a second period tally.
The Devils are 9-3-2 away from Prudential Center and were the final of all 31 clubs to remain undefeated on the road in any fashion, OT or SO, until Nov. 3 at EDM, 6-3 L. Their 5-0-0 road record to start 2017-18 was the club’s best road-start since 2009-10, when club started 9-0-0 on the road. New Jersey’s 20 road-points is ranked second in the NHL (LAK, 21).
John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and six OT tallies since joining NJD in 2015-16. His six career sudden-death tallies leads all NHL defensemen since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in the 2015-16 season. He ranks second among all active players, behind LA’s Jeff Carter (7). In just his third season with the Devils, he ranks second in franchise history in OT goals by a defenseman (6, 2015-17) in behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).
HE’S BEING A BRATT
Rookie Jesper Bratt, New Jersey’s sixth-round choice (162nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, 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 NHL games.
- Others were: Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)
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DEVILS ALL-ACCESS W/ NICO
The first episode of this season’s Devils All-Access: Rookie Diaries features 18-yr-old, Nico Hischier. The 2017 NHL Draft’s first overall selection discusses his first few weeks in the NHL, adjusting to life in New Jersey. Available for free on newjerseydevils.com or any Devils’ social channel.
GETTING GIBBY WITH IT
On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He set a new career-high after scoring his sixth goal, in just his 12th game of 2017-18, on Nov. 3 at EDM. In 66 prior NHL games between Columbus and Pittsburgh, from 2013-15, he had five goals and 17 assists for 22PTS.
Gibbons notched a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI. *He ranks third in the NHL (tie, nine others) with two shorthanded goals this season.
*as of Dec. 4
A BUTCHER’ED PERFORMANCE
Rookie defenseman Will Butcher set a new franchise record for the most points in a Devils’ debut. The 22-year-old blueliner made his NHL/Devils debut 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 the best hockey player in the NCAA. He captained Denver to the 2017 NCAA Championship.
- Nathan Bastian – AHL – 12/6
- Mackenzie Blackwood – AHL – 12/9
- BRIAN BOYLE – 12/18
- Yaroslav Dyblenko – AHL – 12/28
NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL): As of DEC. 2
- USA – 14*
- Canada – 5^ (tie; NYR)
- Switzerland – 1
- Sweden – 1
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1