Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 11 vs. LAK

New Jersey Devils (16-9-4) vs. Los Angeles (20-8-3)

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

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on and all Devils’ social media channels.

*Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change): Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside of the Devils’ dressing room after the team’s 10:30 AM Morning Skate.


For the first time this season, New Jersey lost consecutive games in regulation as the team was defeated by the Rangers, 5-2, at Madison Square Garden (prev., Apr.8- 4-2 L vs. NYI – Apr. 9- 4-1 L at DET.)  The Devils also completed the road-portion of their season-series vs. NYR with a 1-1-0 record.  The club’s two remaining games vs. their cross-river rivals will be played at Prudential Center; Feb. 21 & Apr. 3.  The loss was New Jersey’s first road-loss against an Eastern Conference team in 2017-18.


The loss concluded the Devils’ seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games (1st-game: 5-2-0/2nd game: 4-3-0).  It was New Jersey’s fifth game against a fellow Metropolitan Div. team; the club is 2-3-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Metropolitan and is 9-4-2 (6-1-1 road) against all Eastern Conference clubs.


Devils’ goaltender, Keith Kinkaid, made his 8th start of 2017-18 and stopped 34 of 39 shots (.872 save%) to fall to 5-3-1 on the campaign. It was also the first time Kinkaid has lost consecutive games in regulation.  New Jersey was shut-out in his previous start, a 5-0 loss at ARI on Dec. 2.  In Kinkaid’s past two starts, New Jersey has been out-scored by a total of 8-2.

The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and have not scored in four straight games, 0-11, Dec. 2-9.  Conversely, New Jersey was 3-3 on the penalty-kill and are 27 of 30 (90.0%) down a man over the last nine games, Nov. 22-Dec. 9.  The Rangers out-shot New Jersey, 39-28.  The Devils have been out-shot by their opponent in 21 out of 29 games this season.


Damon Severson notched his fourth goal of the season to cut the Rangers’ lead in half, 2-1, during the second period. Severson led all Devils with 21:47 of action.  Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman had the assists on Severson’s tally.  Noesen has points in a career-high, three straight games (1G-2A), while Coleman has points in two-straight (1G-1A) for the first point-streak 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 led all players with six penalty minutes and has a team-high 37 PIM this season. Wood needs just one goal to tie his 2016-17 total (8).


Pavel Zacha notched his fifth assist and 7th point of the season on Wood’s tally, in his first game since Dec. 1 at COL.  Will Butcher notched his 17th assist (19PTS) on Wood’s goal.  Butcher ranks second in assists on New Jersey behind T. Hall (20). 



The Devils will face-off against Los Angeles for the first of two games in the 2017-18 season.  The clubs will meet again on St. Patrick’s day at Staples Center in their second and final contest.  


New Jersey seeks to end their first two-game, losing-streak of the season.  The club is 3-3-2 (2-1-1 home) vs. the Pacific Division and is 7-5-2 (3-2-1 home) against all Western Clubs.


New Jersey was win-less, 0-2-0, against LA in 2016-17, losing by a pair of goals on both Nov. 19, 2016, 4-2, at Staples Center and on Jan. 24 at Staples Center, 3-1.  The Devils are 1-3-0 at The Rock, and are 3-1-0 at Staples Center in the regular-season against the Kings since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.


The Kings are 5-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division this season.  The Devils are Los Angeles’ first opponent on their four-game, road-trip where they will also face the Rangers (Dec. 15), Islanders, (Dec. 16), and Flyers (Dec. 18).  New Jersey will look to snap the Kings’ eight-game, winning-streak.



  • MUELLER (IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 12 games missed).
  • PALMIERI (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 9 games missed).

Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 92


SCHNEIDER – 100TH win w/ NJD, Dec. 5 at CBJ. 
HALL – 100GP w/ NJ, Dec. 8 vs. CBJ. 
LOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJ 
BOYLE – 2G for 100 NHL / 8PIM for 500 NHL 
JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 9A for 200 
GIBBONS – 5GP for 100 NHL 
VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL 
ZACHA – 7GP for 100 NHL/NJ 
COACH HYNES – 7GC for 200 in 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 HenriqueJoseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 third-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.


Dec. 1: Activated F Marcus Johansson (concussion) off I.R.



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-rounds selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30, 2014.

Fast Facts About Vatanen

– This is his fifth full NHL season; spent entire NHL career with ANA organzation.
– Won a Bronze Medal with Finland at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, RUS.
– 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie Team/AHL First All-Star Team
– Grew up in Jyvaskyla, FIN., where he spends his off-seasons.
– Married his wife, Essi, in Sunmer 2017 in Finland.
– His favorite players growing up were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.
– Favorite hockey memory was winning Bronze Medal with Finland at 2009 U-18 World Championship.



The Devils are 10-1-4 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 12-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 31-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play. 



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 22 road-points, 10-4-2, ranks first overall in the NHL* (tie; STL).  They 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.  

*As of Dec. 11 


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) behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).


Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 29 points (9G-20A) in 29 GP this season.  His 1.00 points-per-game ranks 7th among all left-wingers in the NHL* (tie, F. Forsberg – NSH & A. Lee – NYI) and puts him on pace for a career-best, 82 points.  

*As of Dec. 11 


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, 11 others) with two shorthanded goals this season.



  • 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. 11

  • USA – 14*
  • Canada – 5^ (tie; NYR)
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
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