New Jersey Devils (1-0-0) vs Washington Capitals (1-0-1)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • Devils Hockey Network
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10:30 AM at Prudential Center*
LAST GAME: OCT. 6 – NEW JERSEY 5 vs. EDMONTON 2
The Devils defeated the Oilers, 5-2, in regulation in their first contest of the 2018-19 campaign. New Jersey improved to 3-1-1 at home against Edmonton since the 2013-14 regular season. In season openers, New Jersey has a 20-10-6 record overall and 17-15-4 at home. The club has won it’s past two season openers. New Jersey had two multi-goal scorers against Edmonton in their season opener (Kyle Palmieri-2G, and Travis Zajac-2G) for only the second time in franchise history (including KC and COL). Sergei Brylin and Brian Gionta each scored 2 when Devils beat Penguins in the 2005-06 opener. (credit Elias Sports Bureau).
Miles Wood notched two assists on the night (marking the first time in his career that he has tallied a point on opening night). Will Butcher, Nico Hischier, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson, and Sami Vatanen all chipped in with one assist, while Stefan Noesen added an empty net goal.
New Jersey will face-off against Edmonton one more time this regular season, March 13 at Rogers Place.
TONIGHT’S GAME vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Tonight is the first of four regular-season contests between New Jersey and Washington in 2018-19. In 2017-18, New Jersey was 1-3-0 against Washington in the regular season series.
Sami Vatanen led the charge in 2017-18 notching four points (4A) in the regular season series. Brian Boyle lead the club with 17 PIM over four games, while Taylor Hall, and Miles Wood led the squad with two goals a piece.
Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals with nine points in the regular-season series matchup (3G-6A).
The Devils are 3-6-1 at Prudential Center and are 4-12-3 overall against the Caps since the 2013-14 season.
Tonight’s matchup is New Jersey’s second of a five-game, home-stand (1-0-0). The Devils and Capitals will meet again on November 30, at Capital One Arena.
SEASON OPENING RECORDS
In season openers, New Jersey has a 20-10-6 record overall and 17-15-4 in home openers.
*The NHL record for assists in a season opener is five, set by Devils forward Greg Adams on October 10, 1985 against the Flyers and later matched by Pittsburgh forward John Cullen on October 5, 1990.
Cory Schneider (Hip Surgery) is rehabbing and skating with team.
Jesper Bratt (Fractured Jaw, suffered Oct. 4) is on I.R.
HALL’S GOT HART
On June 20, Taylor Hall was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. Hall is the first Devil to win the prestigious award.
In 2017-18, Hall set new career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) through 75 games played this season. In the 2018 calendar year, Hall recorded points in 36 of 39 games played, registering 57PTS (27G-30A).
Hall was also the first Devils player to reach the 90-point mark (39G-54A-93PTS) in a season since Zach Parise (45G-49A-94PTS) in 2008-09.
Additionally, Hall (93) posted a 41-point lead over Nico Hischier (52), which is the largest margin between the top two point producers on the Devils since the 2008-09 season (Z. Parise, 94 – P. Elias, 78 = 16 PT difference).
To add to the MVP’s incredible season, the Calgary, Alb. native recorded the longest point streak in the NHL last season and set the Devils franchise record (P. Elias, 1999-00; B. Gionta, 2005-06; 15 each). He registered at least one point in 26 straight appearances (18G-20A-38PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.
During that 26-game span, he missed three games, Jan. 22-25, due to an injury (right hand/thumb).
Halls’ consecutive point-streak was snapped at 19 games on Mar. 8 vs. the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 30-Mar. 6, 13G-13A-26PTS).
MASTERTON TROPHY WINNER
On that same night, Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy which is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Boyle is the second Devil to win the admirable award.
Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Lukemia (CML), a form of bone marrow cancer, at the beginning of last years training camp. Boyle started treatment immediately, and returned to the team to face-off against the Edmonton Oilers on November 3.
NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH
The Devils brought in two new assistant coaches this past off-season after Geoff Ward (Associate Coach, CGY), and Ryan Clowe (Head Coach, Newfoundland – ECHL) left the team after the ECQF loss to TB.
Rick Kowalsky completed his eighth season as head coach of the AHL Devils (Albany, Binghamton) at the end of the 2017-18 season. He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.
Mike Grier played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09). He set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points. In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grier tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes. He made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League. Grier officially retired on December 1, 2011. The 6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes.
For the past four seasons, Grier served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers.
Mark Dennehy will replace Kowalsky behind the bench for Binghamton. Dennehy coached for 13 seasons at Merrimack, posting 161 wins, and helped turn the program around. In 2010-11, he led the team to the most successful season in school history with a record 25 wins, as the Warriors advanced to the Hockey East Final and NCAA Regionals. For his efforts, Dennehy won the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award as the conference’s top coach. For the past four seasons, he coached Devils’ draft pick Brett Seney who signed in March.
Ryan Parent will join Dennehy as an assist. Parent was a first-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, 18th overall, in 2005. He played in 106 NHL games with Vancouver and Philadelphia, notching one goal and six assists. He also played in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The left-shooting defenseman played in 251 AHL games with seven teams between 2006 and 2016, where he registered four goals and 24 assists with 261 penalty minutes.
DEVILS GO ABROAD
The Devils-Oilers matchup on Oct. 6 was the 23rd NHL regular-season game played in Europe, the 11th such game played in Sweden, and the first NHL regular-season game played in Gothenburg as part of the NHL Global Series.
The Devils traveled to Bern, Switzerland, and played an exhibition game against SC Bern on Monday, Oct. 1 (3-2 Wo) at PostFinance Arena.
BEHIND THE GLASS
The National Hockey League (NHL®),NHL Network™ and the New Jersey Devils® today announced the launch of a new four-part, all-access series titled, Behind The Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Making the first series of its kind focused on the NHL preseason, each 30-minute episode of Behind The Glass will offer fans an unprecedented look inside the NHL preseason through the lens of the Devils, who are coming into the 2018-19 NHL regular season following their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in six years.
Produced by NHL Network in association with NHL Original Productions, Behind The Glass will follow the Devils organization through every step of the preseason, showing viewers all that goes into constructing an NHL roster, from rookies reporting to veterans looking to make an impact, and final roster cuts. Over four weeks, general manager Ray Shero and head coach John Hynes will share behind-the-scenes insight into their evaluations on the more than 50 players vying for 23 roster spots.
“Behind The Glass will give hockey fans a never-before-seen look at the demanding process of building and making an NHL team during the preseason,” said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer. “We’re excited to partner with the Devils andNHL Network on this all-new series that will uncover compelling stories, on and off the ice, and take fans places that cameras have rarely been allowed. We can’t wait for our fans to be in the room when final roster decisions are being made.”
“This will be a great opportunity for our fans, and hockey fans throughout the world, to get an exclusive inside look into who the New Jersey Devils are,” said New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center President Hugh Weber. “The entire organization is proud and excited to be involved in the series. It will allow viewers to witness another example of the culture and message that Ray Shero, John Hynes and our staff have been building for the past few years.”
Exclusive bonus content and clips from each episode of Behind The Glass will be shared by the NHL, NHL Network and the Devils across their digital and social media platforms using #BehindTheGlass. In addition to its schedule on NHL Network, each episode of Behind The Glass will also re-air on Sportsnet.
Premiere Dates for Behind The Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp
Monday, Oct. 15 Episode 4 7:30 p.m. ET
Since 2016-17, the Devils are 25-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 34-0-2, when leading after two periods. The Devils are also 53-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play in the last two plus seasons.