Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 8 vs. Calgary Flames

New Jersey Devils (27-17-8) vs. Calgary Flames (27-18-8)

 7:00PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

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*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi / Scott Litwack

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10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: FEB 6 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 at OTTAWA SENATORS 5

The Devils fell, 3-5 L, against the Ottawa Senators in the season-series finale between the Eastern Conference rivals.  New Jersey finished the season-series, 2-1-0, and missed their chance to sweep the Sens, 3-0-0 for the second-time in the last three seasons (2015-16, 3-0-0; 2016-17, 0-3-0; 2017-18; 2-1-0).

New Jersey is 12-9-5 on the road thus far, 9-4-4 (5-2-2 road) against the Atlantic Division, and is 16-10-5 (8-5-3 road) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.

Taylor Hall played in his 500TH career game. He scored a power play goal to bring his personal points streak to 11 games (7G-9A-16PTS), Jan. 2-Feb. 6.  He missed three games, Jan 22-25, w/ right hand/thumb injury).  Hall’s 1G-5A (6PTS) in the season-series lead all NJD & OTT skaters.

Travis Zajac (1G) and Stefan Noesen (1A) each notched one point in back-to-back contests (Feb. 3-6) to help the Devils jump-out to an early lead, less than two minutes into the first period.

Eddie Lack who was acquired from the Calgary Flames in exchange a for Dalton Prout on Dec. 30 made his Devils debut relieved Keith Kinkaid (L, 16-20) at 8:40 into the second period.  Lack stopped 11 of 12 shots in 29:31 of action.

New Jersey native, Kyle Palmieri (1G-1A) and Pavel Zacha (2A) each led the club with 2PTS.  Palmieri has 3G-3A-6PTS over the last 4GP, Jan. 30-Feb. 6, and Zacha’s second two assist night in the last three games (also, Feb. 1 @ PHI).

 

TONIGHT vs. CALGARY FLAMES

Tonight marks the second and final game between the Devils and Flames this season.  On Nov. 5, Calgary defeated New Jersey, 4-5 SO, at Scotiabank Saddledome.  The offensively-paced matched featured two penalty shots; Devils’ forward Miles Wood was unsuccessful on his chance against Flames’ goaltender Mike Smith (Wood is 0-2 career), and Keith Kinkaid stopped Flames’ forward Micheal Ferland on his penalty shot (Kinkaid is 2-2 in his NHL career).

 

Ben Lovejoy recorded a season/career-high 2PTS (1G-1A). He has nine 2PT games in his NHL career however it was his first multiple-point game in his Devils’ career.  Nico Hischier also had a 2PT game, recording assists on both Taylor Hall’s and Lovejoy’s goals in the contest.  Brian Gibbons and Andy Greene also scored for New Jersey that game.

 

Keith Kinkaid made his fifth start of the season that night and stopped 30 of 34 shots (+1-3 in shootout).  He is 1-0-1 with a 2.40 GAA and a .924 sv% against Calgary in his career.  Eddie Lack was acquired from the Flames in exchange for defenseman Dalton Prout on Dec. 30.  Lack saw his first NHL action as a Devils on Tuesday at Ottawa.  He made 11 saves on 12 shots in 29:31 of action after entering the game in relief of Kinkaid (16-20, 28:30, L) during the second period.  Lack has not started an NHL game since Nov. 15 (CGY 2 @ DET 8).

 

The Devils are 15-8-3 at Prudential Center, 11-7-3 vs. Western Conference opponents and 5-3-2 vs. the Pacific Division.  NJD has won their last two home games, Feb. 1-3, and three of their last four games overall, Jan. 30-Feb. 6.

 

New Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau leads all Calgary skaters with 61PTS (16G-45A) this season.  He has 7A (7PTS) against the Devils in his NHL career.  Before leaving the state to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), the winger played youth hockey with the Little Flyers and one season of NJ High School Hockey with Gloucester Catholic.

 

The Devils are 1-2-1 at home and 2-4-3 overall against the Flames since the 2013-14 season.  The club trails Calgary, 19-33-19, all-time since the franchise was move to NJ before the 1982-83 NHL season.

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb) seven games missed
JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion) five games missed.
SCHNEIDER – day-to-day, (groin) five games missed.
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 146
 

MILESTONES

HALL –  500TH NHL Game, Feb. 6 at OTT

MOORE – 5PTS for 100 NHL
PALMIERI – 5GP for 200 NJD/7GP for 400 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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. Remains on Long-Term I.R.

Jan. 25: Recalled G Mackenzie Blackwood from Binghamton.  Placed F Marcus Johansson on I.R, retro. to Jan. 23.  Recalled F Kevin Rooney from Binghamton.

Jan. 26: Assigned G Mackenzie Blackwood to Binghamton.  Assigned F Kevin Rooney to Binghamton.

Jan. 30: Activated G Keith Kinkaid. Activated D Mirco Mueller off I.R.

Feb. 2: Assigned D Steven Santini to Binghamton. Recalled F John Quenneville from Binghamton. Assigned F Jimmy Hayes to Binghamton on a conditioning stint.

Feb. 4: Assigned G Ken Appleby to Binghamton. Recalled G Eddie Lack from Binghamton.

 

THE KIDS AND THE HALL

New Jersey’s forward line of Nico Hischier (C, 9G-22A; 19 years old), Jesper Bratt (RW, 12G-19A; 19 years old) and Taylor Hall (LW, 19G-33A; 26 years old) have combined for 40G-74A-114PTS in 2017-18. The three players account for 26.0% of goals, 29.8% of assists and 28.4% of points scored by all Devils skaters this season.

*Hall, Hischier and Bratt stats are season-totals

 

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 D-men (tie, J. Klingberg – DAL), 9th overall NHL
16 Power Play Points – 1st NHL Rookie D-men
27 Assists – 1st Among NHL Rookie D-men / 2nd all NHL Rookies
29 Points (2G-27A) – 1st NHL Rookie D-Men / 11TH all NHL Rookies / tied 19th NHL D-men (J. Rosi – NSH, J. Gardiner – TOR)

*as of Feb. 7

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 1.11 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 (119 GP)
5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)
EPISODE V
The fifth episode of the 2017-18 Devils 82 Game Odyssey is now available to stream on newjerseydevils.com.
Entitled, Fighting Adversity, this episode features Head Coach John Hynes as he opens-up about how to fight through tough stretches of the season.
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.
Sergey Kalinin (2015-17, 121GP) and Ilya Kovalchuk (2009-13, 222GP) were named to Team Russia.
NO SWEAT

The Devils are 13-3-8 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 20-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 39-0-11 when leading after 40 minutes of play.

 

WE NEED BACK-UPS!

On Jan. 25 vs. NSH, Binghamton Devils (AHL) goaltenders Ken Appleby (L, 24-27) and Mackenzie Blackwood (backup) dressed for the New Jersey.  It was the first time since Oct. 18, 1986 at PIT (4-8 L) that the club dressed two goalies, Chris Terreri and Karl Friesen, where both had not yet started an NHL contest. Credit Elias Sports Bureau.

 

Keith Kinkaid (IR, groin) and Cory Schneider (day-to-day, groin) were unavailable to play.

 

JOHNNY ROCKET

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)

 

GETTING GIBBY WITH IT

On Oct. 11 at TOR, Brian Gibbons scored the first 3-on-5 SHG in franchise history. He set a new career-high with 18PTS this season on Dec. 12 vs. LAK after scoring his 12th goal (3rd SHG).

Gibbons notched a SHG on a penalty shot, Oct. 28 vs. ARI.  His three SHGs rank 2nd (tie, E. Kane – BUF, B. Comeau – COL) in the NHL and 4 shorthanded points tied for 2nd (B. Point – TBL, D. MacKenzie – FLA).

 

IT’S ABOUT TIME

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 21:27. He 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 also set a new career-high with three assists (3PTS) on Jan. 18 vs. WSH.

 

PHWA ANNOUNCE MIDSEASON WINNERS
The Professional Hockey Writers Association announced the winners of 10 Midseason Awards on Jan. 26.
First year Devil and 2018 NHL All-Star, Brian Boyle, came in second place (behind S. Stamkos – TBL) for the Comeback Player of the Year Award, which goes to the player who most, “returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by sub-par play, long-term injury or major illness.”
Devils EVP/GM, Ray Shero, came in third for the GM of the Year Award, which is awarded to the GM who has most contributed to his team’s success.  Shero won the General Manager of the Year Award in 2013 at the annual NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

 

NJD by NATION

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

*active roster only

Elias Sports Bureau, the fewest Canadian players used by a team over a full season is 7 (2014-15 Red Wings).  Devils have used 6.

 

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