Devils Post-Game Notes: Dec. 29 vs. Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Buffalo Sabres 4 OT

  • Attendance: 16,514 sold out   (Fifth-consecutive sellout)
  • Three Stars: 1.  Rasmus Ristolainen 2.  Jack Eichel   3. Marcus Johansson
    **See @NJDevils on twitter and for post-game pressers and sound**


The Devils were defeated by the Sabres in overtime, 4-3, in their second of three meetings this regular-season.  Despite the OT loss, New Jersey still leads the season-series with 3PTS (1-0-1).  The Sabres are 1-1-0=2PTS. It was the only game of the three total played at Prudential Center.

The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Jan. 30 KeyBank Center in Buffalo.  On Oct. 9, the club defeated the Sabres, 6-2, at KeyBank Center.

New Jersey is now 8-1-4 (4-1-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents and is 11-4-4 (5-3-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference in 2017-18.

The OT loss ended the Devils’ season-high, five-game, winning-streak (Dec. 15-27) and their season-high, six-game, winning-streak at Prudential Center (Dec. 12-27).

Tonight’s game concluded New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand (Dec. 15-29) NJD finished 5-0-1 and outscored their opponents, *23-14.

*excludes GDG

Fri., Dec. 15: NJD 5 vs. DAL 2
Mon., Dec. 18 NJD 5 vs. ANA 3
Thurs., Dec. 21 NJD 4 vs. NYR 3 SO.
Sat., Dec. 23: NJD 4 vs. CHI 1
Wed., Dec. 27: NJD 3 vs. DET 1
Fri., Dec. 29: NJD 3 vs. BUF 4 OT

The Devils have never swept a six-game, home-stand in franchise history and have only swept a five-game, home-stand on one occasion (Nov. 28-Dec. 7, 2007, 5-0-0). *credit Elias Sports Bureau.

New Jersey has not lost in regulation at home since, Dec. 8 vs. Columbus (3-5 L; 8 games).  They are 6-0-2 over their last eight matches.

Tonight opened the Devils ninth of 16 sets of back-to-back contests. They face Washington tomorrow evening for their second game.  NJD is 5-2-2 in first games and is 5-3-0 in second games of back-to-backs thus far.

New Jersey out-shot Buffalo, 38-29, including, 13-3, in the second period.

The Devils were 1-2 on the power play and were 2-3 on the penalty-kill.  The PP-units were 5-16 (31.3%) during the home-stand, while their PK-units were 16-18 (88.9%).

New Jersey is 12-5-3 (27PTS) at Prudential Center. Their current seven-game streak, Dec. 12-29, without a regulation loss on home-ice (6-0-1=13PTS) comes after the club went 2-3-2 (6PTS) in their seven prior matches at The Rock from Nov. 7-Dec. 8.

It was also the final home game of the 2017 Calendar Year: Devils are 19-18-9 from Jan. 1-Dec. 29, 2017 on home ice (36-33-13 overall).


Miles Wood opened the scoring tonight to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the first period. It was his 10th goal of the season; assisted by Stefan Noesen and Pavel Zacha.

  • The tally was Wood’s 17th point of the campaign (10G-7A) which matches his 2016-17 rookie season total (8G-9A-17PTS).
  • Noesen tallied his sixth assist of the month on the goal.  He has 10PTS this month, which ranks second on the club (tie. T. Hall).
  • Zacha recorded the secondary assist.  He has 4PTS in his last six GP.

Marcus Johansson, the game’s Third Star, scored his first goal (PP), fifth of season, since Dec. 8 vs. CBJ (first in his last four). The goal put NJD ahead, 2-1, at 8:34 of the middle frame. It was his first goal since returning from I.R. (ankle bruise; missed four GP, Dec. 12-18).

  • Sami Vatanen notched the primary assist on the goal.  Vatanen has points in two-straight for the first time in his NJD career. He scored his first as a Devil in their last game, Dec. 27 vs. DET (ENG).
  • Vantanen also tied his career-high, recording eight shots tonight (last time; Dec. 17, 2015) *credit Craig Seiden – Devils Radio Statistician.
  • Nico Hischier had the secondary helper and has 3PTS (2G-1A) in the last two games.  He and Jesper Bratt are tied for second on the club with 24PTS each.

John Moore scored his fifth goal of the season at 14:55 of the second to give NJD a 3-1 lead.  It was Moore’s 10TH point of the season.  Only Moore’s 12 goals in 2015-16, his first season with NJD, surpasses his current goal-total.

  • Brian Gibbons recorded the lone assist on Moore’s goal.  Gibbons ranks fifth overall on NJD with 21PTS (12G-9A).  The point snapped a four-game, point-drought.

Cory Schneider started in goal for the eighth-straight game (season-high).  He stopped 25 of 29 (.862 SV%) tonight and has a .923 SV% throughout those eight games (Dec. 12-29).


Note: Taylor Hall’s goal during the third period was challenged by Buffalo. The original call of ‘good goal’ was reversed after review. See below for explanation from NHL.

  • “At 12:21 of the third period in the Sabres/Devils game, Buffalo requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Taylor Hall was off-side prior to his goal.

    After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, NHL Hockey Operations staff determined that Hall was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Toronto Video Room, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Linesman, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

    Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal New Jersey Devils.

    The clock is re-set to show 7:42 (12:18 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

    Rule 78.7: Coach’s Challenge
    A team may only request a Coach’s Challenge to review the following scenarios:

    1. “Off-Side” Play Leading to a Goal
    A play that results in a “GOAL” call on the ice where the defending team asserts that the play should have been stopped by reason of an “Off-side” infraction by the attacking team.

    New for 2017-18: If the result of the challenge is that the play was “On-side”, the goal shall count and the team that issued the challenge shall be assessed a minor penalty for delaying the game.”


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

Dec. 14: Acquired F Michael Latta from Arizona for F Ryan Kujawinski.

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

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

Dec. 21: Activated F Marcus Johansson (ankle bruise) off I.R.

Dec. 28: Place D Dalton Prout on waivers.

Dec. 29: Dalton Prout cleared waivers and was assigned to Binghamton (AHL).


Game Notes
Game Summary
Event Summary
Face-Off Summary
Face-Off Comparison
Time On Ice – DEVILS
Time On Ice – SABRES
Roster Report
Shot Report
Shot Summary

UPCOMING SCHEDULE   *all times subject to change
Tomorrow, Dec 30: 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Capital One Arena.
7PM ET at Washington Capitals (MSG+, TOJN)
Sunday, Dec 31: TBD
Monday, Jan 1: TBA
Tuesday, Jan 2: 12:30PM ET / 11:30AM CT- Morning Skate at Scottrade Center
8PM ET / 7PM CT at St. Louis Blues (MSG+ 2, TOJN)
Wednesday, Jan 3: TBA
Thursday, Jan 4: 12:30PM ET / 11:30AM CT- Morning Skate at American Airlines Center
8:30PM ET (7:30PM CT) at Dallas Stars (MSG, TOJN)


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