Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 22 vs. DET

New Jersey Devils (24-13-8) vs. Detroit Red Wings (18-20-7)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center


The Devils lost, 3-1, in the second of four meetings between the Metro Division rivals and the first at Wells Fargo Center.  New Jersey trails the season-series 0-2-0.  They lost the first match-up of the season-series, 3-5 L, Jan. 13 at Prudential Center and have been out-scored, 4-8, thus far.

New Jersey and Philadelphia have two games remaining in this series; Feb. 1 at NJD and Feb. 13 at Wells Fargo Center.

Rookie Jesper Bratt, scored his 12th goal of the season, and leads all Devils’ rookies in scoring. Will Butcher notched the primary assist and leads all Devils’ rookies with 25.

With his assist tonight, Taylor Hall has tied his career-high with a seven-game, points-streak from Jan. 2-20 (5G-7A-12PTS).  Also Jan. 16-Feb. 4, 2016 (2G-7A-9PTS) as an Edmonton Oiler.  Hall has 3A-3PTS this season with New Jersey.

The Devils are now 5-6-1 (3-3-1 road) against the Metropolitan Division and are 13-7-5 (7-3-3 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.

Keith Kinkaid left the game during the first period with a lower body injury and did not return.  He surrendered three goals on seven shots and fell to 7-4-2 on the season.

Ken Appleby, who was recalled from Binghamton (AHL) on an emergency basis, stopped all 24 shots he faced in the game.  It was the first NHL action of his career.



Tonight is the third and final game between the Devils and Red Wings this season.  The Devils lead the season series 2-0-0.  They defeated Detroit, Nov. 25 (4-3 Wo) at Little Caesars Arena and Dec. 27 (3-1 W) at Prudential Center.

The Devils have never swept the Red Wings, 3-0-0, in a season series. The club is 3-2-2 vs. Detroit since the 2013-14 season.  New Jersey is 13-7-5 (6-4-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference and is 8-1-4 (4-1-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents.

Taylor Hall leads all Devils with 4PTS (1G-3A) vs. Detroit this season.  Brian Gibbons (OT) and Nico Hischier have New Jersey’s game-winners thus far.



MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 27 games missed. On Long Term I.R., on conditioning stint in Binghamton currently.

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, broken right thumb.  To be re-evaluated.

KINKAID – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, groin. To be re-evaluated.

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 117



VATANEN – Recorded 100TH NHL assist and 300TH NHL Game, Jan. 18 vs. WSH.

HALL – Recorded 100TH point with Devils with OT goal, Jan. 18 vs. WSH.

JOHANSSON – 4A for 200 NHL
HALL – 4GP for 500 NHL
MOORE – 6PTS for 100 NHL



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

Dec. 30: Acquired G Eddie Lack from Calgary for D Dalton Prout. Re-assigned G Eddie Lack to Binghamton.

Jan. 16: Assigned D Steven Santini to Binghamton. Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton.

Jan. 17: Assigned G Ken Appleby to Binghamton. Recalled D Steven Santini from Binghamton.

Jan. 18: Assigned D Mirco Mueller to Binghamton (AHL) on a conditioning stint.

Jan. 19: Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton (AHL) under Emergency Conditions.

Jan. 21: Placed F Brian Gibbons on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 20.  Placed G Keith Kinkaid on I.R. retroactive to Jan. 20.


The Devils will hold a moment of silence before this evening’s game in a showing of condolence for the sudden passing of USA Hockey Executive Director and General Manager of the 2018 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team Jim Johansson.  Called “JJ” by friends and loved ones, he captured 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze with teams he was involved with.

“JJ was a special person and I will never forget his selfless efforts on behalf of so many others,” said Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. “I am just one of the many people he impacted in a positive way in hockey and, more importantly, in life. I’m forever thankful to have known him and I will miss him dearly. Although he has sadly passed, I, along with many others, will never forget him. On behalf of the entire Devils organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his wife Abby, and his daughter, Ellie.”

Taylor Hall ranks fourth in franchise history with .87 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club.  This season he has 1.10 points-per-game.
1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
4. Taylor Hall – .88 (115 GP)
5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
The NHL announced its rosters for the NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 26-28 in Tampa Bay, FL.
Taylor Hall was selected to represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.  It is the second straight year the left-wing is New Jersey’s all-star representative at the annual event.  Hall will appear in his third consecutive All-Star Game having won the team portion the past two seasons: 2016 (Pacific Division with Edmonton) and 2017 (Metropolitan Division with New Jersey).
Hall is the only NHL player to play for the winning team each year since the game changed to the three-on-three format in 2016.
The Devils completed their 41st game, Jan. 7 at NYI, to formally reach the half-way point of the 2017-18 regular-season.
Thus far, the club has vastly improved from 2016-17 at the the season’s mid-point.
2017-18 2016-17
Overall  22-11-8 (52PTS) 16-17-8 (40PTS)
Goals For 127 92
Goals Against 121 119
Power Play 21.4% (27/126) 13.5% (19/141)
Penalty Kill 83.3% (24/144) 82.3% (22/124)
SHG 7 3
Former New Jersey Devil, Brian Gionta, will represent the United States as the team’s captain at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The Rochester, NY native scored 152 goals, 160 assists for 312 points in 473 regular-season games from 2001-09.  In 2005-06, he scored 48 goals, 24 were PPGs, which still is the single-season record for the franchise.  He was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship Team.
Bobby Butler (2012-13, 14GP) and Brian O’Neill (2015-16, 22GP) were also named to the team. While Karl Stollery (2016-17, 11GP) was named to Team Canada.


Michael McLeod, New Jersey’s 2016 first-round (12th overall) pick, won the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship.  He finished the tournament with 1G-3A-4PTS and two PIM in seven games.  It was his second time representing Canada.  He won silver in 2017.


Jesper Boqvist, NJD’s 2017 second-round (36th overall) pick and Fabian Zetterlund, NJD’s 2017 third-round (63rd overall) pick, won silver with Team Sweden. Boqvist scored 1G-1PT in six GP and Zetterlund notched 2G-2PTS through 7GP.


Joey Anderson, the United States’ captain and NJD’s 2016 third-round (73rd overall) pick scored 1G-1A-2PTS on Saturday to secure a Bronze Medal against the Czech Republic. The forward won gold with the Americans in 2017.  In 2018, Anderson finished with 4G-3A-7PTS in 7GP.


New Jersey had a total of seven prospects, the most out of all 31 NHL teams, at the World Junior Championship.  Anderson and Yegor Zaitsev represented their countries as captains, while Mikhail Maltsev served as an alternate captain for Russia.


*listed alphabetical order

ANDERSON, USA 7 4 3 7 0
BOQVIST, SWE 6 1 0 1 2
MALTSEV, RUS 5 0 2 2 6
McLEOD, CAN 7 1 2 3 4
STUDENIC, CZE 5 0 0 0 4
ZAITSEV, RUS 5 0 1 1 4




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, 21:54 through 21 games with New Jersey.


Vatanen tied his career-high with points in four consecutive games, 1G-3A, from Dec. 27-Jan. 2.  It was the first time in his Devils’ career collecting points in four straight contests. He did so on four other occasions as an Anaheim Duck.


The Devils are 12-2-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 18-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 37-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.



John Moore has scored two overtime goals this season (Oct. 19 at OTT & Nov. 12 at CHI) and has 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 before 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, 2015-18) 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 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, E. Kane – BUF) in the NHL.


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

  • USA – 13*
  • Canada – 5^
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1

*active roster only

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