LAST GAME: OCT. 16 – NEW JERSEY 3 vs. COLORADO 5
The Devils fell to the Avalanche, 5-3, in their first of two head-to-head contests of their 2018-19 campaign. Colorado handed New Jersey their first loss of the season (prev. 4-0-0). New Jersey’s completed their five game home-stand, finishing 4-1-0, their best five-game home stand record since 2014-15 (4-0-1, Jan. 28-Feb. 6).
The Devils went 5-6 on the penalty kill, upping their season total to 18-20 (90%, fourth best in the league).
New Jersey has scored a power play goal in five consecutive games and scored multiple power play goals for the first time this season tonight.
Nico Hischier tallied two points on the evening (1G-1A), for his first goal, and multi-point game of the season. Hischier now has 12 multi-point games in his career.
Taylor Hall recorded his 116th multi-point game of his career, (39 as a Devil; credit: Craig Seiden- NJD Radio Statistician) and first goal of the 2018-19 campaign (1G-2A).
Keith Kinkaid was handed his first loss for the first time this season, stopping 29 of 34 shots faced. Kinkaid is now 4-1-0 with a 1.61 GAA, and .941 SV% on the season.
Brian Boyle, notched the third goal of the game, and second of the season with help from Kyle Palmieri, and Hall. With the assist, Palmieri’s point streak is now up to five games (7G-1A). Andy Greene led the team in TOI, skating in 24:03 minutes, and notched an assist on Hall’s goal.
The Devils and Avalanche next matchup will be on March 17, at the Pepsi Center.
TODAY’S GAME @ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Today is the first of four regular season contests between New Jersey and Philadelphia in 2018-19. In the 2017-18 season, the Flyers defeated the Devils in the regular season series with a record of 2-1-1 (5PTS). New Jersey is 1-0-0 against Metropolitan opponents thus far, outscoring their in-conference foes, 6-0 (Oct. 11 vs WSH, W 6-0).
With a win in tonight’s game, Head Coach John Hynes will pass current San Jose Head Coach Pete DeBoer for second place on the Devils all-time coaching wins list (115).
Last season, Taylor Hall lead the Devils with six points (2G-4A) in the season series matchup. Travis Zajac chipped in with a team leading 13 PIM, and recorded his first, and only fight of 2017-18. For Philadelphia, Claude Giroux lead his club with six points (2G-4A).
The Devils and Flyers next face-off will be on November 15 at Wells Fargo Center.
Jesper Bratt (Fractured Jaw, suffered Oct. 4) is on I.R.
Andy Green – 7 GP for 800 NHL/Devils career
Brian Boyle – 2 GP for 700 NHL career
Ben Lovejoy – 7 PTS for 200 NHL career
Travis Zajac – 4 A for 300 NHL/Devils career
Kyle Palmieri tallied two goals, making him the first player in Devils franchise history to record two goals in each of the team’s first two games of the season (credit John Burd, NHL statistician). Additionally, this is the first time in the Montvale, NJ natives career that Palmieri had multiple goals in back-to-back games played.
With his two goal performance on October 14 vs San Jose, Palmieri has officially put up the most goals and point by any player in New Jersey franchise history through the first three games of a season. I’ve updated the list below to include today’s stats.
*credit NHL Statistics
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.
DEVILS GO ABROAD
The Devils-Oilers matchup on Oct. 6 will be 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.
“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 and NHL 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.
*Find all episodes (1-4) on the NHL Network*
The Devils are 26-8-9 in one-goal games and are undefeated in regulation, 36-0-2, when leading after two periods. Since 2016-17, the Devils are 55-0-12 when leading after 40 minutes of play