Devils Post-Game: Dec. 12 vs. LAK

New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Los Angeles Kings 1

  • Attendance: 13,275
  • Three Stars: 1. Taylor Hall  2. Cory Schneider  3. Travis Zajac
    **See for post-game pressers and sound**

  • The Devils defeated Los Angeles, 5-1, to snap their season-long, two-game, losing-skid as well as end the Kings’ eight-game, winning-streak.
  • The team improved to 7-5-2 at Prudential Center and, at 17-9-4 (39PTS), trail Columbus for the Metropolitan Division lead by one point.
  • The club is 4-3-2 (3-1-1 home) vs. the Pacific Division and is 9-5-2 (4-2-1 home) against all Western Clubs.
  • NJD was 1-2 on the power play tonight. They were 0-11. in their previous four games from Dec. 2-9.
    • Conversely they held the Kings scoreless, 0-3, and have been perfect on the penalty kill for two-straight games.
  • Taylor Hall led the way with two goals (EV, PP) for his second multi-goal game of the season.  He now has 31PTS (11G-20A) and has surpassed the 30-point mark in each of his eight NHL seasons. His PP-marker in the first period was the eventual game-winner.
  • Travis Zajac scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring at 13:44 of the first period.  It was his second goal in the last four games and the 157th of his Devils’ career.
    • Zajac needs just nine more goals to tie Petr Sykora (166G) for the seventh in franchise history.
    • Brian Gibbons had the primary assist, his sixth, with his behind-the-net pass on Zajac’s tally.  The assist was his 17th point of 2017-18 which tied his previous career high, 5G-12A-17PTS, which he set in 2013-14 with Pittsburgh.  He set a new career-high after scoring on a breakaway late in the third period.
    • Blake Coleman also collected an assist on Zajac’s tally.  He has points in three-straight (1G-2A) for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Brian Boyle notched his sixth goal of the campaign against his former club
  • Will Butcher notched his 18th assist and his 11 power play assist on Hall’s goal.  Butcher leads all NHL rookies with 11 power play assists.
  • Jesper Bratt also had a helper tonight on Hall’s goal.   He is tied with Nico Hischier with 20 points on the season for third on the club.
  • Cory Schneider’s shutout bid was ended at 12:04 of the first period.  He made 25 saves on 26 shots for his 12th win of the season.
  • Game Summary
  • Event Summary
  • Play-By-Play
  • Face-Off Summary
  • Time On Ice
  • Shot Summary

Next Up     *Subject to change
Tomorrow: Noon Practice at Prudential Center
Thursday: 11:30AM Morning Skate at Bell Centre
7:30PM at Montreal
Friday: 7PM vs. Dallas 

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