Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 18 vs. Anaheim Ducks

New Jersey Devils (18-9-5) vs. Anaheim Ducks (14-11-8)

7PM ET / 4PM PT • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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

*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
New Jersey will not have a full team morning skate on Thursday. A select group of players will skate at 10:30am at Prudential Center.

Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils Locker Room at 10:30AM

  • Anaheim is scheduled to have an 11:30 AM skate at Prudential Center.

If you are unable to attend or are not traveling to the game, quotes and pre-game media scrums on @NJDevils twitter.


New Jersey defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, at Prudential Center in the first of two meetings between the clubs this season.  The Devils and Stars will face-off for their second and final match-up of 2017-18 on Jan. 4, 2017 at American Airlines Center.


The Devils also concluded the eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this year. The club collected three of a possible four points (1-0-1).  New Jersey lost in overtime, 2-1 OT, against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre less than 24 hours (7:30 start) before their game in New Jersey vs. Dallas.   New Jersey is now 5-2-1 in first games and is 5-3-0 in second games of back-to-backs.


The 5-2 victory was the first of the club’s season-long, six-game, home-stand, spanning 14 days from Dec. 15-29.  New Jersey will play Anaheim (Mon., Dec. 18), NY Rangers (Thurs., Dec. 21), Chicago (Sat., Dec. 23), Detroit (Wed., Dec. 27), and Buffalo (Fri., Dec. 29). Each game begins at 7PM.


The Devils are now 5-2-0 overall (2-1-0 at home) against the Central Division and are 9-5-2 overall against Western Conference competition.  New Jersey was 1-5 (20.0%) on the power-play and were a combined 1-8, 12.5%, over the two games.  The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 2-3 (66.7%).  It was the first time since Dec. 8 vs. CBJ, that the club surrendered a goal while shorthanded. The Devils Penalty Kill was 12-12, spanning three games from Dec. 9-14. 


The Devils were out-shot, 26-30, but held the Stars to just five shots during the second period. During the second, New Jersey took a 3-2 lead that Dallas was unable to surmount.   


Brian Boyle led New Jersey with three points, which matches his career-high for points in a game (also; Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2, 1G-2A).  His first goal of the night, New Jersey’s sole power play tally and game-winner, was the 100th goal of his NHL career.  The alternate captain also assisted on Nick Lappin’s goal, his first of the season, in the third period to put the club ahead, 4-2, before driving-home the win with an empty net goal with two minutes remaining in the contest.


Boyle also collected a season-high, 12 penalty-minutes, (2 minute, unsportsmanlike conduct + 10 minute, misconduct), after he scored on the power-play, out-muscling Dallas’ John Klingberg for a loose puck in front of the Stars’ net. Boyle, named First Star of the Game by attending media, surpassed the 500 penalty minute mark in his NHL career (current; 504 PIM).


Brian Gibbons continued piling-on the points in the most offensively-productive season of his NHL career, notching two assists on the evening. He has 4PTS (1G-3A) over his last three games and is tied for fourth on the team with Nico Hischier with 20PTS (12G-8A).


Andy GreeneWill ButcherJimmy Hayes and Pavel Zacha each added one assist.  Hayes has points in two-straight, home-games (2A), while Zacha is 4GP away from 100 in his Devils/NHL Career.


Blake Coleman scored his fourth goal of the season with just 54 seconds remaining in the opening period.  The rookie has four points over his last five games (2G-2A).  Defenseman Steven Santini opened the scoring for New Jersey, his second of 2017-18, at 4:28 of the first period. 


Cory Schneider made his third consecutive start in goal; the second in less than 24 hours time. He stopped 28 of 30 shots (.933 save%). 



Tonight marks the first of two meetings between New Jersey and Anaheim in 2017-18.  The clubs will meet for the second and final time in the regular-season on March 18 at Honda Center.


The Devils are 4-3-2 (3-1-1 home) vs. Pacific Division opponents and are 9-5-2 (5-2-1 home) against the Western Conference. 


In 2016-17, the Devils and Ducks split their season-series, 1-1-0.  On Oct. 18, New Jersey defeated Anaheim, 2-1, in the team’s home-opener at Prudential Center.  Taylor Hall scored both goals for the Devils, his first points with New Jersey, while current Devil Sami Vatanen notched Anaheim’s lone goal.  The following month, New Jersey traveled to Anaheim and lost, 2-1, at Honda Center.

Tonight is the second of New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand, spanning 14 days from Dec. 15-29:
Fri., Dec. 15: NJD 5 vs. DAL 2.
Mon., Dec. 18 NJD vs. ANA.
Thurs., Dec. 21 NJD vs. NYR.
Sat., Dec. 23: NJD vs. CHI.
Wed., Dec. 27: NJD vs. DET.
Fri., Dec. 29: NJD vs. BUF.


The contest will be the first time that Devils’ defenseman Sami Vatanen will face his former club since being traded to New Jersey from Anaheim, along with a conditional 3rd-round pick in 2019 or 2020 in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s 2018 3rd-round pick, on Nov. 30. It is also Henrique and Blandisi’s first-game, facing New Jersey in their careers.



  • MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 15 games missed.
  • JOHANSSON – I.R., retro to Dec. 9, ankle bruise, 3 games missed. 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 103

BOYLE – Scored 100TH career goal, Dec. 15 vs. DAL/surpassed 500 career PIM, Dec. 15 vs. DAL.

LOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJ 
GIBBONS – 2GP for 100 NHL
MOORE – 2GP for 400 NHL
JOHANSSON – 3PTS for 300 NHL / 9A for 200—-injured.
ZACHA – 4GP for 100 NHL/NJ
COACH HYNES – 4GC for 200 in NHL/NJ
VATANEN – 7A for 100 NHL
ZAJAC – 6GP for 800 NHL/NJ
WOOD – 8GP for 100NHL/NJ



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.


Dec. 13: Placed F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) on I.R., retro to Dec. 9. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).


Dec. 16: Assigned F Nick Lappin to Binghamton (AHL).


Dec. 18: Activated F Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) off I.R. 




USA Hockey announced that Joey Anderson, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 73rd overall, in the 2016 Draft, will serve as team captain for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. Anderson posted two assists in 7 GP on last year’s squad that defeated Canada, in a shootout, to win gold at the 2017 World Junior Championships. 


Reilly Walsh, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 81st overall, in the 2017 Draft, remains on Team USA’s preliminary World Juniors roster. 



New Jersey will likely be well-represented at the 2018 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship begins in Buffalo, NY.  The Devils have eight prospects from five different countries that have made their respective nation’s preliminary roster.

  • CANADA – F Michael McLeod – (1st round, 12th overall, 2016)
  • UNITED STATES – F Joey Anderson (3rd round, 73rd overall, 2016), D Reilly Walsh (3rd round ‘4th selection’, 81st overall, 2017)
  • SLOVAKIA – F Marian Studenic (5th round, ‘7th selection’, 143rd overall, 2017)
  • SWEDEN – F Jesper Boqvist (2nd round, 36th overall, 2017), F Fabian Zetterlund (3rd round, 63rd overall, 2017)
  • RUSSIA – F Mikhail Maltsev (4th round, ‘5th selection’ 2016), D Yegor Zaitsev (7th round, ’10th selection’ 2017)



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 selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Nov. 30, 2014. He leads the club with in average ice-time, 21:53, through his first eight games with New Jersey


The Devils are 10-1-3 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 14-0-1, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 33-0-9 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.



New Jersey’s 23 road-points, 10-4-3, ranks first overall (tie, TB) in the NHL.  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.  



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 lead 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).



On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He has already a new career-high with 18PTS this season after scoring his team-leading 12th goal, his third shorthanded goal in 2016-17, on Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles in just his 30th game of 2017-18.


Gibbons notched a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  His three shorthanded goals this season ranks second in the NHL (tie, E. Kane – BUF).



  • Nathan Bastian – AHL – 12/6
  • Mackenzie Blackwood – AHL – 12/9
  • Yaroslav Dyblenko – AHL – 12/28

NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL)

  • USA – 15*
  • Canada – 4^
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
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