New Jersey Devils (22-9-6) at Washington Capitals (23-13-3)
7PM ET • Capital One Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network
*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*
*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack
Pre-Game Availability *subject to change
– 4:50PM ET Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside the Devils locker room.
LAST GAME: DEC. 29 – NEW JERSEY 3 vs. BUFFALO 4 OT
The Devils gained one-point after falling, 3-4 OT, against Buffalo in their second of three meetings this season. Despite the OT loss, New Jersey still leads the season-series with 3PTS (1-0-1). The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Jan. 30 KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
*Oct. 9; NJD 6 @ BUF 2
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).
The match also concluded New Jersey’s season-high, six-game, home-stand (Dec. 15-29). The Devils finished 5-0-1, gaining 11 of 12 possible points. NJD out-scored its opponents by a total of *23-14.
*excludes shootout GDG goal, Dec. 21 vs NYR.
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
New Jersey has not suffered a regulation-loss at home since Dec. 8 vs. Columbus (3-5 L; 7 games).
The club is 12-5-3 (27PTS) at Prudential Center in 2-17-18. Before the Devils’ most-recent seven-game, points-streak (13PTS, 6-0-1) at home, they were just 2-3-2 (6PTS) in its seven previous matches at The Rock from Nov. 7-Dec. 8.
It was also the final home game of the 2017 calendar year: The Devils are 19-18-9 from Jan. 1-Dec. 29, 2017 on home ice (36-33-13 overall). Tonight’s game against the Capitals will close-out both NJD and WSH’s 2017 calendar year.
Miles Wood opened the scoring to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the 1st period. It was his 17TH point (10G-7A, 36GP) this season, which matches his 2016-17 rookie-season, points-total (8G-9A-17PTS, 60GP).
Marcus Johansson, the game’s Third Star, scored his fifth of the season on the power play at 8:34 of the 2nd period. It was his first goal/pt. since returning to action from injured reserve. He missed four games, Dec. 12-18 (I.R., retro to Dec. 9, ankle bruise).
Sami Vatanen recorded an assist on Johansson’s goal and *tied his career-high for shots in a game with 8 SOG (last time; Dec. 17, 2015).
John Moore scored his fifth goal of the season at 14:55 of the second to give NJD a 3-1 lead. New Jersey carried a 3-2 lead into the third period. Sabres’ F Jack Eichel scored two goals (EV/PP) to force OT before Ristolainen scored in OT.
Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider started in his season-high, eighth-straight game (Dec. 12-29). He stopped 25 of 29 shots (.862 SV%) and has a .923 SV% during that span (Dec. 12-29).
TONIGHT’S GAME @ WASHINGTON
Tonight is the second of four games against the Metropolitan Division, Washington Capitals this season The clubs will face-off for their third meeting on Jan. 18 at Prudential Center before their fourth and final game of the series Apr. 7 in Washington D.C.
In their first match-up, Oct. 13 at The Rock, the Caps were victorious, 2-5, handing NJD their first regulation loss of the season. Kyle Palmieri led New Jersey with 1G-1A (2PTS), while Taylor Hall scored on the power play. Will Butcher, John Moore, and Damon Severson each recorded one assist (1PT).
Cory Schneider 23 saves on 28 shots took the loss in goal. He is 3-7-2 with a 2.38 GAA and a .914 SV% vs. Washington in his NHL career. Keith Kinkaid is 1-3-0 with a 4.23 GAA and a .867 SV% against the Capitals in his NHL career.
Tonight is is New Jersey’s final game and final road game of the 2017 calendar year.
Since Jan. 1, 2017 NJD is:
- MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 20 games missed.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 110
JOHN HYNES – 200TH NHL/NJD game, Dec. 27 vs. DET.
GEOFF WARD – 200TH NJD game, Dec. 27 vs. DET.
ALAIN NASREDDINE – 200TH NHL/NJD game, Dec. 27 vs. DET.
ZACHA -100TH NHL/NJD game, Dec. 27 vs. DET.
ZAJAC – Expected to play in 800TH NHL/NJD game tonight.
LOVEJOY – 1GP for 100 w/ NJD
JOHANSSON – 2PTS for 300TH NHL / 9A for 200TH NHL
VATANEN – 5 assists for 100 NHL / 5GP for 300 NHL
WOOD – 2GP for 100 NHL/Devils
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).
Brian Boyle, Taylor Hall, Stefan Noesen and Jesper Bratt are New Jersey’s point-leaders in December.
Brian Boyle leads all Devils’ players with 11PTS since Dec. 1st, which ranks sixth (tie; E. Kuznetsov – WSH) among all centers in the Metropolitan Division. On Dec. 21 vs. NYR, he scored his ninth (4TH PP) of the season, to force OT, before scoring the game-deciding goal in the ensuing shootout.
He tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, Dec. 15-23, (4G-4A-8PTS).
*Also; Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2011, 2G-2A-4PTS.
He matched his career-high of 3PTS in a game, on Dec. 15 vs DAL (2G-1A) and again in the following match, Dec. 18 vs. ANA (3A).
*Also; Dec. 27, 2010, NYR 7 vs NYI 2, 1G-2A.
Boyle is currently scoring at .59 P/GP which is the highest-percentage of his career, excluding the 2007-08 season where Boyle had 5PTS in 8GP for the LA Kings.
Joey Anderson, New Jersey’s third-round selection, 73rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, will serve as team captain for the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team.
Yegor Zaitsev, New Jersey’s 10th selection (seventh-round), 205th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, will serve as team captain for Russia at the World Junior Championship. Additionally, Mikhail Maltsev, NJD’s fifth selection (fourth-round), 102nd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft will serve Russia as an alternate captain.
DEVILS WORLD TOUR
New Jersey has seven prospects at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Devils have more prospects than any other NHL team. All seven are from the 2016 & 2017 NHL Drafts.
- CANADA – F Michael McLeod – (1st round, 12th overall, 2016)
- UNITED STATES – F Joey Anderson (3rd round, 73rd overall, 2016)
- 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)
DEVILS IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Devils’ players and alumni, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, participated in their Annual Community Day on Wed., Dec. 20, spreading holiday and Christmas cheer by visiting patients and caregivers at 11 New Jersey medical centers. It is a tradition the club has kept for 35 years since their 1982-83 inaugural season.
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SAMI
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, 22:12, through 13 games with New Jersey.
First point with NJD vs. his former team, Dec. 18 with an assist.
First goal with NJD, Dec. 27 vs. DET. (ENG)
The Devils are 11-1-6 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 16-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 35-0-10 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
New Jersey’s 23 road-points, 10-4-3, ranks 5TH (tie, TB) in the NHL. They have played at least two fewer games than all teams with more road-points.
In 2016-17, NJD was 12-23-6=30PTS on overall on the road. New Jersey is just 7PTS from matching that, despite playing only 17 games away from Prudential Center.
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 campaign with the Devils, he is second in franchise history in OT goals by a defenseman (6, 2015-17) behind Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer (8, 1991-2004).
GETTING GIBBY WITH IT
On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He set a new career-high with 18PTS this season after scoring his 12th goal, third shorthanded on Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles in just his 30th game of 2017-18.
Gibbons notched a SHG on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI. His three SHGs this season ranks 2nd (tie, 11 others) in the NHL.
NJD by NATION (*most NHL/^fewest NHL)
- USA – 15*
- Canada – 3^
- Switzerland – 1
- Sweden – 2
- Czech Republic – 1
- Finland – 1
*active roster only