Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 10 at Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils (28-20-8) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (27-21-9)

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

*Links for The One Jersey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.*

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*Devils Game Notes Contacts: James Stolfi jstolfi@newjerseydevils.com/ Scott Litwack slitwack@newjerseydevils.com



Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

 

LAST GAME : FEB 13 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS 5 @ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 4 Ws

The Devils snapped their four-game, losing-streak, 0-4-0, from Feb. 6-11, with their first shootout victory away from Prudential Center this season (1-3 in road shootouts). New Jersey finished their four-game, season-series, 2-2-0 against Philadelphia.

 

Drew Stafford notched the game-deciding goal to give New Jersey the win in the shootout. He has scored three times in six attempts this season (50.0%) and it was his first GDG as a Devil. He has 18 goals on 53 attempts (34.0%) in his NHL career.

 

Taylor Hall scored New Jersey’s first goal of the evening to tie the game at 1-1. He added a second goal to tie the game and force overtime with just 1:21 remaining. The goals, his 22nd and 23rd, marked the eighth consecutive game that left-winger recorded at least one point, Jan. 30-Feb. 13 (6G-4A-10PTS), establishing a new career-high.

 

Additionally, Hall has a personal 15-game, points-streak from Dec. 2-Feb. 13 (11G-12A-23PTS). During that period he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, with a hand/thumb injury.

 

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid started in net for the 19th time this season (21st game played). He stopped 31 of 35 shots (plus 3-of-3 in the shootout) to improve to 11-7-2 overall in 2017-18.

 

John Moore returned to the lineup after being a healthy-scratch for the first time this season on Sunday vs. BOS. Moore scored NJD’s second goal of the evening with a blueline slapshot.  Nico Hischier had the club’s third goal and added an assist for his eighth multi-point game of the season. The rookie has three points (1G-2A) over the last two games, Feb. 11-13.  Jesper Bratt recorded two assists, snapping his season-long six-game, points-drought. Travis Zajac also recorded 2A; he needs just six helpers to tie Bruce Driver (291A) for seventh in franchise history in assists.

 

TONIGHT vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Tonight is the first of four regular-season meetings between the Devils and Hurricanes.  The Metropolitan Division rivals will face-off three more times during this season-series.  The play again three days from tonight, at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Sunday, Feb. 18 (5PM).

 

New Jersey was 3-1-0 in 2016-17 against Carolina. They are 4-3-1 at Prudential Center and 10-6-1 overall against the Canes since the 2013-14 season.

 

The Devils are 8-7-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 16-12-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. New Jersey is 28-20-8 (64PTS) while Carolina trails by just 1PT with 63PTS (27-21-9).  It is NJD 29TH home game (15-10-3) and Carolina’s 29TH road game (12-12-4).

 

Keith Kinkaid, who has won a career-high 11 wins this season.  He is 11-7-2 this season in 21 GP.  Former Hurricane, Eddie Lack spent two seasons (2015-17) with the Hurricanes and was 20-21-9 (2.75 GAA, .902 sv%).  Taylor Hall is on a career-high eight game points-streak, 10G-22A-23PTS (Jan. 30 – Feb. 13).

 

CURRENT INJURIES

GIBBONS – IR, retro. to Jan. 20 (broken right thumb), 11 games missed

JOHANSSON – IR, retro. to Jan. 23 (concussion), 9 games missed.

SCHNEIDER – IR, (groin/hip), 9 games missed.

QUENNEVILLE– day-to-day (right knee) 2 games missed.

BOYLE – day-to-day (right shoulder) 1 game missed

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 161

 

MILESTONES

PALMIERI – EXPECTED TO PLAY IN 200TH DEVILS GAME TONIGHT/3GP for 400 NHL.
MOORE
 – 5PTS for 100 NHL
NOESEN – 7GP for 100 NHL
STAFFORD – 9G for 200 NHL
JOHANSSON (IR)– 3A for 200 NHL

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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 off I.R. 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.

Feb. 8: Recalled F Jimmy Hayes from conditioning load in Binghamton. Acquired F Christoph Bertschy and F Mario Lucia from the Minnesota for D Viktor Loov.

Feb. 12: Placed G Cory Schneider on I.R., retro. to Jan. 23. Recalled F Nick Lappin from Binghamton (AHL).

 

 

ELIAS TO BE IMMORTALIZED

On Feb. 24 in a pre-game ceremony against the NY Islanders, Devils’ legend and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Patrik Elias, will become the fifth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired by the Devils.  He will join Scott Stevens (4), Ken Daneyko (3), Scott Niedermayer (27), and Martin Brodeur (30).  Born in Trebic, Czech Republic, he will become the first European-born Devil to have his number retired.

 

26: A DEVILS LEGEND

Tune into newjerseydevils.com to watch the miniseries, 26: A Devils Legend, leading up to his jersey retirement pre-game ceremony on Feb. 24 vs. the NY Islanders.  The web-series focuses on important milestones in Patty’s career.  Part 2 of the series narrows-in on his first NHL game and what it was like adjusting to the NHL as a young Czech.

 

BUTCHER LEADS ROOKIE D-MEN

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

  • 30PTS rank 22nd all defensemen (tie, C. Miller – BOS) / 11th NHL rookies
  • 16PP assists rank 15th NHL / 1st among all NHL rookies

 

 

HALLIN’ IN THE POINTS

Taylor Hall ranks third in franchise history with .89 points-per-game among Devils’ that have at least 100 games played with the club.  This season he has 1.16 points-per-game.

 

  1. Kirk Muller – .94 (556 GP)
  2. Alex Mogilny – .94 (121 GP)
  3. Ilya Kovalchuk – .91 (222 GP)
  4. Taylor Hall -91 (122 GP)
  5. Patrik Elias – .83 (1240GP)

 

FORMER DEVILS GOING FOR GOLD

Former New Jersey Devil, Brian Gionta, are representing 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) are also on USA’s squad.

Devils EVP/GM Ray Shero serves USA Hockey as a member of its Advisory Board.

 

Karl Stollery (2016-17, 11GP) & Marc-Andre Gragnani (2015-16, 4GP) were named to Team Canada.

 

Vojtech Mozik (2015-16, 7GP) is representing the Czech Republic.

 

Sergey Kalinin (2015-17, 121GP) and Ilya Kovalchuk (2009-13, 222GP) will skate for Russia.

 

NO SWEAT

The Devils are 13-4-8 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 UPDATE

Sami Vatanen leads the Devils with an avg. time-on-ice of 21:41. 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.

 

NJD by NATION UPDATE

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

*active roster only

^Per Elias Sports Bureau, the fewest number Canadian-born players that played in a minimum of one game for an NHL club over a full season is 7 (2014-15 Red Wings).

 

John Quenneville is the 7TH Canadian-born player to dress in a game for New Jersey in 2017-18.

 

New Jersey is the only team in the NHL currently to have two Texas-born players, Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman, on their active roster.

Noesen has been on the only three teams in NHL history to have more than one player from TX skate in a game.

 

2017-18 – NJD – Noesen, Coleman

2016-17 – NJD – Noesen, Coleman

2016-17 – ANA – Noesen, Nic Kerdiles

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