LAST GAME: OCT. 20 – NEW JERSEY 2 @ PHILADELPHIA 5
The Devils fell to the Flyers, 5-2, in their first of four head-to-head contests against their in-divsion rivals. Philadelphia handed New Jersey their first pair of back-to-back losses of the season (prev. 4-0-0). New Jersey tallied 21 shots during the contest, the lowest amount of their season this far.
New Jersey has scored a power play goal in every contest (6) this season, and scored multiple power play goals in a single game for the second time this season.
Damon Severson notched his first goal of the season, and first career power-play goal, upping his point total to five points in six games played this season (1-4-5). Severson’s first power-play goal of the year was assisted by Marcus Johansson, and Miles Wood.
The Devils second, and final goal of the matinee came from Brian Boyle on a power-play goal, his first power-play goal against Philadelphia in his career. Will Butcher, and Taylor Hall, picked up the helpers on Boyle’s goal. The assist extends Hall’s point streak to five games (Oct. 11-20) (1G-7A-8PTS).
The Devils and Flyers will meet again on November 15, at the Wells Fargo Center.
TONIGHT’S GAME vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Tonight is the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Nashville in 2018-19. In 2017-18, New Jersey and Nashville split their regular season series, losing 3-0 Jan. 25, and winning 3-2 in a shootout on March 10.
The Predators remain undefeated when scorning first in games in their seven contests this season (7-0-0).
New Jersey ranks fourth in the league in drawing penalties, drawing 4.33 penalties per 60 minutes of play.
Brian Boyle will suit up for his 700th NHL game tonight. The Hingham, Massachusets native started his NHL playing career back on February 2, 2008 when he suited up for the Los Angeles Kings to face-off against New Jersey at Prudential Center. Boyle collected two points (1G-1A) in the game, in the 6-3 loss to the Devils. Since then, Boyle has played for four different NHL clubs’: NY Rangers, Tampa Bay, Toronto, and now New Jersey.
Last season, Boyle (1G), Butcher (1A), Severson (1A), Sami Vatanen (1G) and Miles Wood (1A), all led the Devils with one point a piece in the regular season series matchup. For Nashville, Mattias Ekholm led his squad with three points (2G-1A).
The Devils are 1-3-0 at Prudential Center, 4-4-0 overall against the Preds since the 2014-15 season, and are 2-1-0 against Western Conference opponents this season, outscoring Western Conference clubs, 16-7.
New Jersey and Nashville next, and final face-off of the 2018-19 regular season series will be on December 15, at Bridgestone Arena.
Jesper Bratt (Fractured Jaw, suffered Oct. 4) is on I.R., 6 games missed
Ben Lovejoy (Lower-body injury, suffered Oct. 19) in on I.R., 1 game missed
Steven Santini (Broken Jaw, suffered Oct. 20) is on I.R., 0 games missed
Drew Stafford (Upper-body injury, general) in on I.R., 0 games missed
Travis Zajac (Lower-body injury, suffered Oct. 18) is day-to-day, 1 game missed
TOT Man-Games Missed: 14
Andy Green – 6 GP for 800 NHL/Devils career
*Brian Boyle – 1 GP for 700 NHL career*
Ben Lovejoy – 7 PTS for 200 NHL career
Travis Zajac – 4 A for 300 NHL/Devils career
Oct. 23: -Placed Ben Lovejoy, Drew Stafford, and on I.R.
-Recalled John Quenneville, and Eric Gryba from Binghamton (AHL)
Oct. 22: -Placed Steven Santini on I.R.
-Recalled Kevin Rooney, and Egor Yakovlev from Binghamton (AHL)
Oct. 20: -Assigned Kevin Rooney to Binghamton (AHL)
Oct. 19: -Assigned John Quenneville to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled Kevin Rooney from Binghamton (AHL)
Oct. 18: –Eric Gryba cleared waivers, assigned to Binghamton (AHL)
-Activated Cory Schneider off I.R. and sent to Binghamton (AHL) on conditioning loan
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.
*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. 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.
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. 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.
“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