New Jersey Devils 2 at Florida Panthers 3
- Attendance: 10,846
- Three Stars: 1. Aleksander Barkov (FLA) 2. Roberto Luongo (FLA) 3. Cory Schneider (NJD)**See @NJDevils on twitter and newjerseydevils.com for post-game pressers and sound**
The Devils lost, 3-2 L, to the Florida Panthers in their season-series finale at BB&T Center. New Jersey finished with a 1-2-0=2PTS record overall against the Panthers, 2-1-0=4PTS, in three contests during the 2017-18 regular season. The club has not defeated Florida in a season-series since the 2014-15 season (2-1-0) and are 3-6-2 overall and 1-3-2 at BB&T Center since 2014-15.
The loss snapped New Jersey’s two-game, winning-streak, Feb. 24-27. Additionally the club had four consecutive road wins heading into tonight’s contest, 4-0-0, from Feb. 13-27.
New Jersey is 1-1-0 on their three-game, road-trip, which concludes tomorrow night in Raleigh, NC when the Devils face-off against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Devils are 6-5-2 in first games and 6-6-0 in second games of back-to-back contests. It is New Jersey’s 13th of 16 back-to-back sets in 2017-18.
Cory Schneider was activated off injured reserve this afternoon to make his first start since Jan. 23 at Boston. He missed 16 games during that period, Jan. 25-Feb. 27, with a groin/hip injury. He stopped 26 of 29 shots, earning Third Star of the Game honors. He is 17-12-6 this season and is 5-6-2 in 14 career games against FLA.
On Jan. 27, Schneider was assigned to Binghamton (AHL) on a conditioning stint, where he played in goal for the B-Devils during their road game against the Belleville Senators (AHL). He backstopped the Binghamton to victory, 4-1 W, stopping 19 of 20 shots. It was Schneider’s first American Hockey League action since the 2009-10 season with Manitoba.
Patrick Maroon, who was acquired from Edmonton in exchange for NJD’s 2019 third-round selection and forward prospect J.D. Dudek (Boston College, Hockey East), made his Devils’ debut. The St. Louis, MO native went on to lead New Jersey with 2A (2PTS) and five PIM. He is the first player since Michael Ryder to wear jersey no. 17.
- According to Elias Sports Bureau and Devils’ Radio Statistician Craig Seiden, Maroon set a Devils’ record with his fight at 1:54 of the first period. It was the earliest fight in a players’ first game with New Jersey (previously, Nov. 8, 2005 – Darren Langdon vs. Eric Godard (NYI).
Taylor Hall kept his astounding points-streak afloat being notching the game’s only power play goal at just 50 seconds into the second period. He now has points in a franchise record 16 consecutive games with 11G-10A-21PTS, Jan. 30-Mar. 1.
The goal was Hall’s 28th of the season, marking a new career-high.
- Hall’s 16 consecutive games surpasses Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta’s 15 game, pt. streaks set in 1999-00 and 2005-06, respectively.
- Per NHL PR, Hall is the 10th player in the last 30 years (since 1987-88) to record at least one point in 23+ consecutive appearances.
Jesper Bratt scored New Jersey’s second goal at 17:53 of the 3rd period to bring the club within one-goal of forcing overtime. The 19-year-old rookie snapped an 18 game, goal-drought with the late tally. Despite the goal drought, he is still tied with Nico Hischier for the most goals among Devils’ rookies with 13.
Sami Vatanen notched his 22nd assist of the campaign on Hall’s goal. The Finnish blueliner leads all Devils’ defensemen with 20PTS (1G-19A).
The Devils out-shot Florida, 31-29.
9 HALL – 13 HISCHIER – 21 PALMIERI
40 GRABNER – 19 ZAJAC – 23 NOESEN
44 WOOD – 37 ZACHA – 63 BRATT
20 COLEMAN – 11 BOYLE – 17 MAROON
6 GREENE – 45 VATANEN
2 MOORE – 28 SEVERSON
8 BUTCHER – 12 LOVEJOY
35 – SCHNEIDER
1 – KINKAID
TOMORROW, MAR. 2:
No Morning Skate
7:30PM at Carolina Hurricanes (MSG+, The One Jersey Network/WFAN)
SATURDAY, MAR. 3: OFF
SUNDAY, MAR. 4:
TBA Morning Skate at Prudential Center
5:00PM vs. Vegas Golden Knights (MSG+, The One Jersey Network/WFAN)