Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 25 vs. Nashville

New Jersey Devils (24-15-8) vs. Nashville Predators (28-11-7)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+2 • 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

10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: JAN. 23 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 @ BOSTON BRUINS 3

The Devils lost, 2-3, in a hard-fought game against the Boston Bruins. After a scoreless first period, in which New Jersey recorded 20 shots, Miles Wood notched the game’s first goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead, 2:05 into the second period.  Nico Hischier added the assist, his team-leading 18th point on the road.

Damon Severson scored the club’s second goal, his seventh of the season, to extend his career-high.

 

It is the first time this season that the club has suffered three straight regulation losses in a row, Jan. 20-23.

 

It was the second of three games between the Bruins and Devils this season and the tail-end of New Jersey’s 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back contests this season. New Jersey is 5-3-2 in firsts and is 5-5-0 in the second games of back-to-backs.

The Devils trail the Bruins, 0-1-1, thus far after losing, 2-3 Ls, in a NJD franchise record 11 round shootout on Nov. 11 at Prudential Center, and 2-3L, at TD Garden. New Jersey has not defeated the Bruins at TD Garden in six straight games (0-5-1) since the 2013-14 season.

 

Devils’ goaltender, Ken Appleby, recalled from Binghamton (AHL) on Jan. 19, played in his second career NHL contest, stopping all four shots the Bruins presented him. He has stopped 28 of 28 shots in his two relief efforts this season (24 saves on Jan. 20 at PHI).

Cory Schneider did not return to the ice after the second period because of a lower-body injury suffered earlier in the game. He stopped 17 of 20 shots and was credited with the loss (0-5-2 in last seven starts).
New Jersey went 0-4 on the power-play and 3-4 on the penalty-kill. The Devils out-shot the B’s, 39-24, tonight.

 

TONIGHT vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

The Devils will look to snap their three game losing streak, 0-3-0, from Jan. 20-23.  It is the first time this season that the club has dropped three consecutive games in regulation.  It is the club’s final home game this month, they are 1-2-0 at Prudential Center in January and the final game before NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 26-28, in Tampa Bay. Taylor Hall is the team’s sole representative at the annual event.

 

The clubs will face-off once more this season when the Devils travel to Nashville on Mar. 10.

 

The Devils are 2-2-0 at Prudential Center (4-3-1 overall) since the 2013-14 season.  In 2016-17, the club was 1-1-0 against the Preds (Dec. 3 @ NSH, 5-4 Wo and Dec. 20 @ NJD, 1-5 L).  The Devils are 6-3-1 (3-1-0 home) against Central Division opponents and are 11-6-3 (7-2-1 home) vs. the Western Conference this season.

 

New Jersey’s Hockey Operations Dept., has several ties with Nashville.  Devils’ EVP/GM Ray Shero served Nashville as assistant GM (1998-2006), Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald was the franchise’s first-ever captain (1998-2002), and Sr. Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon served in various positions with their scouting dept. from (2000-2006).

 

CURRENT INJURIES

MUELLER – IR, retro. to Nov. 13, fractured clavicle, 27 games missed. On Long Term I.R., on conditioning stint in Binghamton (AHL).
GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, broken right thumb. Two games missed, Jan. 22-23.
KINKAID – IR, retro. to Jan. 20, groin. Two games missed, Jan. 22-23.
HALL – Day-to-day, hand, two games missed, Jan. 22-23.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 128
MILESTONES

JOHANSSON – 3A for 200 NHL
HALL – 4GP for 500 NHL
MOORE – 6PTS for 100 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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 on a conditioning stint.

Jan. 19: Recalled G Ken Appleby from Binghamton 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.

Jan. 22: Recalled F Mirco Mueller from his conditioning stint in Binghamton (AHL). Remains on I.R.

 

BUTCHER LEADS ROOKIE D-MEN

Devils’ defenseman and 2017 Hobey Baker winner, Will Butcher, leads or is among the league leaders in multiple rookie and league-wide categories

16 Power Play Assists – 1st NHL
16 Power Play Points – 1st NHL Rookie D-men
26 Assists – 1st Among NHL Rookie D-men
28 Points (2G-26A) – 1st NHL Rookie D-Men / 14th all D-Men (K. Letang, T. Krug, R. Josi)

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS
Taylor Hall ranks fourth in franchise history with .88 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)
H’ALL-STAR

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.

WHOA, WE’RE HALF WAY THERE
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
EVAN CORMIER BREAKS SPIRITS’ RECORD
Devils prospect, Evan Cormier, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) became the franchise’s new career-leader in games played by a goaltender on Sunday.  Cormier was New Jersey’s sixth choice (4th round), 105th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
FORMER DEVILS GOING FOR GOLD
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.

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 12-3-8 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.

 

JOHNNY ROCKETJohn 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)

 

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, E. Kane – BUF) in the NHL.

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

Defenseman Sami Vatanen leads the club with an average ice-time of 21:44.  Since his trade to New Jersey on Nov. 30, Vatanen has collected 10PTS (1G-9A) in 23 games with the Devils this season.  He had 1G-3A-4PTS in 15GP with Anaheim, from Oct. 28-Nov. 29.

 

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.

 

DEVILS MOURN PASSING OF JIM JOHANSSON
The Devils held a moment of silence on Jan. 22nd 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.”


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

  • USA – 13
  • Canada – 4^
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Sweden – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1

*active roster only

 


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