New Jersey Devils 1 at Montreal Canadiens 2 OT
- Attendance: 21,302
- Three Stars: 1. Andrew Shaw – MTL, 2. Damon Severson-NJD, 3. Jordie Benn-MTL
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- New Jersey lost in overtime, 2-1, in their first of three meetings against Montreal in 2017-18. The two clubs will face-off again on March 6 at Prudential Center before finishing their season-series on April 1 at Bell Centre.
- Despite the OT loss, the Devils gained 1PT, and lead the NHL with 23PTS on-the-road. They are 10-4-3 away from Prudential Center. New Jersey remains undefeated in regulation on the road vs. Atlantic Division opponents, 4-0-2. The club is 7-1-3 overall vs. the Atlantic and is 9-4-3 (6-1-2 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.
- The Devils are 2-4-1 at Bell Centre since the 2013-14 season (last win; Nov. 28, 2015, 3-2 Wo). Since the franchise settled in New Jersey from Colorado in 1982-83, the club is 28-27-6 in Montreal and is 63-45-13 overall.
- In 2016-17, the club was held to just one point, going win-less, 0-2-1, against the Canadiens for the first time since 1988-89 (0-3-0).
- New Jersey was unsuccessful on a five-on-three man-advantage in the second period, producing just one shot on goal in 65 seconds of time. The club was 0-3 on the PP. New Jersey was 3-3 on the PK and is 33-36 (91.7%) over the last 11 games.
- Tonight was the first game of New Jersey’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are 5-2-1 in first games. Will look to finish the back-to-back set with three of a possible four points tomorrow eveining against the Dallas Stars (7PM ET, MSG+, TOJN). New Jersey is 4-3-0 in second games that fall on consecutive dates.
- Stefan Noesen opened the scoring at 1.:21 of the first period with his third goal of 2017-18. He has points in a career-high, five-consecutive games, 2G-4A-6PTS, from Dec. 5-12. It was the fastest goal New Jersey has scored this season to start a game.
- 2nd fastest- Oct. 19 at OTT – 2:30 minutes into first period (N. Hischier vs. C. Anderson, 5-4 W).
- Devils’ captain, Andy Greene, notched the primary assist on the Devils’ only goal of the evening. It was the 203rd point of his Devils’/NHL career. At 737GP he is 6GP away from tying Colin White (743GP) for fourth-most, games-played (11th among all skaters) in franchise history. The assist was his first point in 10 games, Nov. 20 at MIN.
- Jesper Bratt notched the secondary assist and his second in the past two games. He is second on the club with 21PTS.
- Taylor Hall missed his first game of the 2017-18 season due to a contusion in his knee. Drew Stafford replaced Hall at left-wing on his offensive line with rookies Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier tonight. Stafford skated in 15:40 over 17 shifts and had two shots on goal.
- Nick Lappin made his 2017-18 season-debut after being recalled from Binghamton on Wednesday. He skated in skating in 10:02 minutes and had two shots on goal.
- Kyle Palmieri (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot) missed his 11th straight game. He traveled with the club to Montreal after skating with the team on Wednesday for the first time since his injury.
- Mirco Mueller (IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle) missed his 14th straight game.
- Marcus Johansson (I.R., retro to Dec. 9, ankle bruise) missed his first game since going on IR yesterday after blocking a shot on Dec. 9 vs. NYR.
- Cory Schneider stopped 35 of 36 (.972 sv%). He is 1-2-4 vs. MTL as a Devils/in career.