New Jersey Devils 2 at New York Rangers 5
- Three Stars: 1. Mats Zuccarrello 2. Rick Nash 3. Jesper Fast
**See @NJDevils twitter & newjerseydevils.com for post-game video and quotes**
- The Devils fell, 2-5, against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in their second of four regular-season meetings in 2017-18.
- It was the first time this season that New Jersey has lost consecutive-games in regulation. The Devils’ also completed the road-portion of their schedule vs. NYR at Madison Square Garden with a 1-1-0 record. The Hudson River rivals will meet for their third match-up, the first of two to be played at The Rock, in 12 days (Dec. 21 at 7PM).
- They play their fourth and final game, April 3 at Prudential Center.
- Keith Kinkaid started in goal for New Jersey, stopping 34 of 39 shots (.872 save%) to fall to 5-3-1 on the season. He has lost his last two starts (also, Nov. 28 at ARI, 0-3 L) and the club has been out-scored, 2-8, overall in those defeats.
- The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and have not scored in four straight games (0-14)
- The club was 3-3 on the penalty-kill and are 12-13 (92.3%)
- New Jersey was out-shot, 28-39 and have been out-shot by their opponents in six of their last seven games.
- Damon Severson notched his fourth goal of the season to cut the Rangers’ lead in half, 1-2, at 13:45 of the second period. (assists, B. Coleman, S. Noesen). He led all NJD players with 21:47.
- Stefan Noesen has points in a career-high, three straight games (1G-2A).
- Blake Coleman has points in two-straight (1G-1A) for the first time in his NHL career.
- Miles Wood notched New Jersey’s second and final goal of the evening at 6:34 of the third period. It was his first goal since notching his first NHL hat-trick, Nov. 12 at CHI. (11 games). He accummulated 6PIM this evening and leads NJD with 37.
- He needs just 1G to tie his 2016-17 total.
- Pavel Zacha notched the primary helper on Wood’s tally. It was his first game back after being a scratch in the last three, Dec. 2-8.
- Will Butcher’s 17 assists ranks second among NHL rookies and second on NJD behind T. Hall (20).
- The Devils completed their seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games in 2017-18. Last night. The club is 5-2-0 in firsts and is 4-3-0 in second games of back-to-backs.
Yesterday was just New Jersey’s fourth game against an inter-division opponent; they are 2-3-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 9-4-2 (6-1-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference opponents.