New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Nov. 30 vs. NY Rangers

New Jersey Devils (9-11-4) vs. NY Rangers (12-9-3)
1:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / MSG / NHLN • Devils Hockey Network

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LAST GAME @ MONTRÉAL CANADIANS

 

The Devils defeated the Canadians, 6-4, in the second of three contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey improves to 3-5-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, and 2-0-0 against Montréal in the season series. New Jersey will matchup with Montréal for the third and final time, Feb. 4 at Prudential Center.

 

New Jersey was 2-2 (12-13 last four games played) on the penalty kill tonight, and 0-3 on the power play. The Canadians outshot the Devils, 48-35, the most the club has faced this season. New Jersey was 22-55 (45%) in face-offs tonight.

 

Blake Coleman opened the scoring 7:19 into the first frame. Nikita Gusev and Travis Zajac assisted Coleman’s eighth goal of the season.

 

Zajac tallied the Devils second goal of the contest, giving the Winnipeg native his first multi-point game this season. Gusev and Coleman picked up the helpers, giving Gusev his first multi-point game of his NHL career, and Coleman’s third multi-point this season.

 

Miles Wood notched his third goal of the season, his first in 11 games played (1G-1A, 11/2 @ CAR). Pavel Zacha and Will Butcher tallied the helpers on the goal.

 

Jesper Boqvist tallied his second goal in two games, assisted by Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. Hischier and Palmieri extend their point streak to four games (Hischier: 4A; 11/22-28) (Palmieri: 2G-2A; 11/22-28). Palmieri’s helper marks his 150th of his NHL career.

 

Damon Severson notched the game-winner, ending a seven game scoreless streak, and 11 game goalless streak. Coleman and Gusev tallied the assists, marking Gusev’s first career three-point game (3A) and Coleman’s third career three-point game (last: Jan. 14, 2019 vs CHI (2G-1A).

 

Coleman tallied the empty-netter, giving the Plano, TX native his first career four-point game. The empty net goal was assisted by Zajac and Wayne Simmonds. The helper gives Zajac his fifth four point game of his career (last: Jan. 28, 2019 1G-3A @ PIT).

 

Mackenzie Blackwood got his 16th start of the 2019-20 season for New Jersey, stopping 44 of 48 shots faced in regulation. The 44 saves for the Thunder Bay, ONT. CAN, native is the most ever by a rookie Devils goaltender in a win. Martin Brodeur stopped 45 in the regular season, but lost (credit Leo Scaglione Jr., NY Hockey Journal). Blackwood improves to 8-6-3 this season.

 

 

 

TODAY’S GAME vs. NY RANGERS

 

Today marks the second of four regular season contests between New Jersey and NY Rangers. The Devils defeated the Rangers in the first contest, 5-2 on Oct. 17. New Jersey was 1-7 on the man advantage, and 6-6 on the penalty kill in the contest. The Devils outshot the Rangers, 38-31. The 43 shots mark the clubs’ season high shots for.

 

Today’s tilt marks the clubs fourth of nine day contests this year. The Devils are 2-1-0 in matinees this season (1-1-0 home).

 

Matt Tennyson leads the Devils in scoring with two points. Tennyson tallied two helpers in the early October contest. Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri, Nikita Gusev, P.K. Subban and Miles Wood all notched one goal each in the tilt. Wood tallied the game winner 12:25 into the second period.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood got his fourth start of the season stopping 29 of 31 shots face (.935 SV%) in 60 minutes of action. Louis Domingue is a career 3-1-0 against the Rangers, allowing 11 goals on 116 shots posting a 2.76 GAA.

 

Tony DeAngelo and Jesper Fast dented the net in the first matchup. Alexandar Georgiev suited up stopping 33 of 38 shots against. Georgiev is a career 1-1-0 against New Jersey.

 

The Devils are 4-2-1 at Bell Centre and 7-3-3 overall against the Canadians since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will matchup with Montréal for the third time, Feb. 4 at Xcel Prudential Center.

 

NUMBER 1 vs NUMBER 2

 

October 17th marked the first of four contests between the first two draft selections of the 2019 NHL Draft, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. The Devils took the first contest, 5-2, where Hughes recorded his first NHL point on an assist. The Toronto native skated in 13:09 minutes and recorded two shots on goal. Kakko posted a -1 rating, skating in 16:13 minutes and tallying two shots.

 

Through 24 games played, Hughes has posted four goals and seven assists for 11 points with one game-winning goal. Kakko has tallied six goals and four assists for 10 points through 21 games played.

 

 

 

 

INJURIES

 

Connor Carrick (I.R.) – 16 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Oct. 24

Kevin Rooney (I.R.) – 7 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Nov. 13

 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 36

 

 

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER

 

The New Jersey Devils will support the National Hockey League’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer initiative on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the team faces off against the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. EST.

 

Local 11-Year Old Brain tumor Survivor Serves as Guest of honor
The team will honor eleven-year old Grace Eline, a Morris County brain tumor survivor.  Through the Devils partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, Grace joined the team for practice on Monday, worked on some drills and met the guys.  On Saturday, she will be the guest of honor, read the starting lineup, and drop the puck on the ceremonial puck drop.

 

Grace was treated at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabs Health facility, and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Grace has achieved N.E.D. status meaning there is no evidence of disease. RWJBarnabas Health is the Official Healthcare Provider of the New Jersey Devils.

 

Celebrating the Survivors

As part of the “I Fight For” placard unveiling, the Devils have brought back three of their recent honorees from previous HFC games – Quinn Knapp and Santino Anastasia.

 

Supporting a Regional Medical Center
Fundraising efforts throughout the game will help to renovate the Clara Maass Medical Center Infusion Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Clara Maass Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health provide patients access to the most advanced treatment options close to home. The Cancer Center at Clara Maas Medical Center continues to receive the prestigious accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a community hospital comprehensive cancer program.

 

Lavender Warm-Up Jerseys and Players Sticks Auctioned for Charity:
Lavender players jerseys worn during warm-ups, and sticks adorned with lavender tape, will be auctioned off through December 7 online at newjerseydevils.com/auction. All proceeds from the auction, as well as the game’s 50/50 raffle, will go towards the Clara Maass Medical Center Infusion Center renovation.

 

 

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

 

Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils will honored our nation’s service members during the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night, Nov. 15 vs PIT.

 

The Kyle Palmieri Foundation, founded by New Jersey Devils right wing, Kyle Palmieri, and his wife, Ashlee Casper, gives back to those who put their lives on the line to preserve American freedom. Kyle has strong ties with the military as his sister and brother-in-law are currently serving in the National Guard and U.S. Army. This close connection to the military inspired Kyle to do more to help those who sacrifice the most.

 

Over the past four seasons, Kyle Palmieri has been providing active military service members and veterans an opportunity to attend a Devils regular season home game. During 10 select home games, Palmieri’s foundation, Squad 21 invites 21 military personnel and a guest to sit in Kyle’s reserved section, along with a t-shirt, and a post-game meet and greet with Kyle.

 

 

MILESTONES

 

*Jesper Boqvist – 1st NHL goal (Nov. 26 vs MIN)

*Blake Coleman – 200 GP NJD/NHL (Nov. 19 vs. BOS)

*Andy Greene – 3 GP to tie Scott Niedermayer for 7th place all time in Devils/franchise GP (892)

-3 G to 50 NJD/NHL

-8 A to 200 NJD/NHL

*Nikita Gusev – 1st NHL goal (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*Taylor Hall – 200th NJD GP (Nov. 16 @ MTL)

-200 NJD PTS (Nov. 16 @ MTL; 2A)

*John Hayden – 1st Devils point (1A; Nov. 23 vs. DET)

*Nico Hischier – 100th NHL/Devils career points (Oct. 5 @ BUF; 1A)

*Jack Hughes – 1st NHL point (Oct. 17 vs. NYR; 1A)

-1st NHL goal (Oct. 19 vs. VAN)

*Kyle Palmieri – 500th NHL GP (Oct. 10 vs. EDM)

100th Devils assist (Nov. 1 vs. PHI)

-300th NHL point (Oct. 30 vs TB; 3G)

-50th PPG (Oct. 30 vs TB)

-150th NHL assists (Nov. 28 @ MTL)

*P.K. Subban – 100th NHL goal (Nov. 2 @ CAR)

*Sami Vatanen – 100th Devils GP (Jan. 15 @ CBJ)

-400th NHL GP (Nov. 4 @ WPG)

*Miles Wood – 200th NHL/NJD GP (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*Travis Zajac – Passed John MacLean for fifth place in GP in NJD franchise history with 935 (Nov. 5 @ WPG)

-5 PTS from tying Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list

 

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

October 6: Signed Joe Morrow to a one-year, two-way contract

-Placed and cleared waivers, to Binghamton (AHL)

October 12: Placed Andy Greene on I.R. retroactive to Oct. 9 @ PHI

-Recalled Matt Tennyson from Binghamton (AHL)

October 25: Placed Connor Carrick on I.R.

November 1: Acquired G Louis Domingue for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft

November 15: Placed Sami Vatanen on I.R.

-Recalled Colton White from Binghamton (AHL)

November 17: Assigned Colton White to Binghmaton (AHL)

November 18: Placed Cory Schneider on waivers (cleared waivers, to Binghamton (AHL))

-Recalled Louis Domingue from Binghamton (AHL)

November 22: Placed Kevin Rooney on I.R.

November 23: Recalled Brett Seney from Binghamton (AHL)

November 29: Assigned Brett Seney to Binghamton (AHL)

 

 

 

 

NIC-OT

 

On Feb. 9th,2019, Nico Hischier (1G-1A) scored with 1:41 remaining in overtime to help the Devils overcome a three-goal deficit to win for the second time this season (also: Dec. 14 vs. VGK). The first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (20 years, 42 days) became the first player in Devils franchise history to record three overtime goals before his 21st birthday. Among all active NHL players, only Ilya Kovalchuk (4) and Sean Monahan (4) scored more overtime tucks prior to turning 21. Hischier has scored the game winner in the clubs three overtime wins.

 

 

HOW THEY WERE BUILT

 

In the System:

 

Jesper Boqvist (2017, 2nd round, 36th overall)

Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd overall)

Jesper Bratt (2016, 6th round, 162nd overall)

Blake Coleman (2011, 3rd round, 75th overall)

Nico Hischier (2017, 1st round, 1st overall)

Jack Hughes (2019, 1st round, 1st overall)

Damon Severson (2012, 2nd round, 60th overall)

Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall)

Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall)

Travis Zajac (2004, 1st round, 20th overall)

 

 

Free Agency: Will Butcher, Andy Greene, Kevin Rooney, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Tennyson

 

Trade: Connor Carrick, Louis Domingue, Nikita Gusev, Taylor Hall, John Hayden, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Palmieri, P.K. Subban, Sami Vatanen

 

 

 

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