November 30, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS
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The Devils will face-off against the Rangers today at 1:00 PM ET, looking to build off of their 6-4 win against Montréal on Thursday.
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- PREVIEW: Devils vs. Rangers
by Chris Wescott and Marc Ciampa, newjerseydevils.com
In the first Heritage Night prsented by Heineken, the Devils will suit up in their retro white uniforms against the New York Rangers in a key Metropolitan Division matchup.
You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network or on terrestrial radio,WFAN 660AM / 101.9 FM.
Devils:60 | Devils Host Rangers
- 01:02 • November 29, 2019
Read the game preview below and check back a few hours before the game for some pre-game comments, lineup updates and more.
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You can watch today’s game within the Devils region on MSG+.
You can listen to today’s game on the Devils Radio Network or on terrestrial radio WFAN 660AM / 101.9 FM.
INSIDE THE DEVILS
Brett Seney assigned to Binghamton, Kevin Rooney injury update and more news and notes from the past few days.
NEWARK, NJ – Check back around 11:00 AM ET for a full pre-game report.
— Chris Wescott, NewJerseyDevils.com
DEVILS (9-11-4) vs. RANGERS (12-9-3)
TV: 1:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+
Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season.
They previously met on October 17 with the Devils winning 5-2. Matt Tennysonled the way with a pair of assists while the Devils got goals from five different players: Miles Wood, Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri, P.K. Subban and Nikita Gusev.
Last season, the Devils won one game and lost three to New York. The Rangers outscored the Devils 15-11 in that series. The Devils went 4-for-12 of the power play in those games, while the Rangers scored nine on the man advantage.
Nico Hischier led the Devils in scoring with four points (1-3-4).
Devils team scope:
The Devils are coming off a big 6-4 win in Montreal in which Blake Coleman netted four points. With four goals and six points in his last three games, Coleman is now tied for third on the Devils in scoring at 14 points with Nico Hischier.
New Jersey sits five points behind the Rangers in the standings.
Rangers team scope:
The Rangers played on Friday afternoon, losing a tough one 3-2 to the Boston Bruins in overtime. They’ve picked up points in each of their last four games (3-0-1).
Artemi Panarin leads the club in scoring with 33 points (12 goals) in 24 games. The big surprise for the Rangers has been Ryan Strome, with 23 points (6 goals) in 24 contests. Strome had only 35 points all of last season.
The Rangers sit four points behind Carolina for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Confernece with two games in hand.
By the Numbers:
The Rangers have won four of its last six games (4-1-1 record). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record), in 11 of the last 15 games (9-4-2 record), and in 13 of the last 18 games (10-5-3 record). … Six of the last 12 meetings between the Rangers and Devils have been decided by one goal, and four of those contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
Tonight marks the first of three heritage jersey games for the Devils. They will wear their white vintage jerseys, the same ones the team wore from 1982 through 1992. The others will be on December 20 (vs. Washington) and January 7 (vs. New York Islanders).
Devils – Connor Carrick (upper body) is out; Kevin Rooney (upper body) is questionable
Rangers – Marc Staal (ankle) is day-to-day; Greg McKegg (lower body) is day-to-day
- BLOG: Kevin Rooney Injury Update
by Marc Ciampa, newjerseydevils.com
Kevin Rooney skated on Friday with the Devils at practice, subbing in down the middle for a line that Jack Hughes would normally be on but with Hughes taking a maintenance day, Rooney centered Jesper Boqvist and Wayne Simmonds.
It’s not fun at all,” Rooney said of being injured and out of the lineup since the team’s November 13 game against Ottawa. “But being up in the press box, watching your teammates go to war every night and, you know, it feels really good to be back and I feel like I’m progressing well and feel like I’m ready to go.”
RAW | Rooney 11.29.19
- 01:10 • November 29, 2019
The nature of the upper body injury that Rooney had, he was still able to stay active on the ice.
“I was able to skate, so like I was getting some good skates in with the skill coaches. The medical staff have done a great job of keeping me in good shape and now it just came down to getting my timing back.”
- BLOG: Devils assign Seney to Binghamton
by Staff, NewJerseyDevils.com
The Devils have assigned forward Brett Seney to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. Seney played in two games with New Jersey this season.
He goes back to Binghamton where he was the fifth-leading scorer in the AHL with 11 goals in 19 games.
- Devils’ lines, pairings vs. Rangers (11/30/19) | Jack Hughes out for 1st time
by Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media
Chapter two of the Jack Hughes-Kaapo Kakko rivalry will be missing one of its main characters.
Hughes is considered day-to-day after blocking a shot during Thursday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens. Though he was able to finish that game, he did not practice on Friday. Hughes skated on Saturday but wasn’t quite ready to play. That likely means he won’t miss too much time.
Kevin Rooney will be activated off injured reserve and will return to the lineup in Hughes’ place.
Here’s how the Devils will line up against the Rangers:
Taylor Hall – Nico Hischier – Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Boqvist – Pavel Zacha – Wayne Simmonds
Blake Coleman – Travis Zajac – Nikita Gusev
Miles Wood – Kevin Rooney – Jesper Bratt
Andy Greene – Damon Severson
Sami Vatanen – P. K. Subban
Will Butcher – Matt Tennyson
Starter: Mackenzie Blackwood
Backup: Louis Domingue
F: John Hayden, Jack Hughes (lower body, day-to-day)
D: Mirco Mueller
On IR: D Connor Carrick (broken pinky, practicing)
Here are game notes via the Devils.
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.
- NHL rumors: Flames’ Bill Peters resigns following use of racial slur | Ex-Devil is interim head coach
by Brian Fonseca, NJ Advnaced Media
Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters resigned from his position Friday, ending a saga which began this week with revelations that he repeatedly used racial slurs a decade ago while coaching in the American Hockey League, according to TSN.
“Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said at a press conference Friday, per TSN.
During his time in New Jersey, Ward ran the team’s power play and helped the unit rank high in the league. Outside of a disappointing 22nd place finish 2016-17, when the Devils were last in the Eastern Conference standings, the power play finished and 9th best in the NHL in 2015-16 at 19.9 percent, and the unit was 10th in 2017-18 at 21.4 percent.
The Flames had sent Peters back to Calgary on Wednesday, where he released a statement apologizing for his actions.
“I have regretted the incident since it happened, and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words,” Peters wrote in the statement.
Peters, 54, coached the Flames to its first division title in 13 years and the best record in the Western Conference last season, compiling a record of 61-37-11 over parts of two seasons.
The news of Peters’ inappropriate conduct first came out on Monday after a series of social media posts by former player Akim Aliu, who was born in Nigeria, and played under Peters with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10.
According to Aliu, Peters uttered the racial epithets in response to his choice of hip-hop music for the Rockford dressing room.
“He walked in before a morning pre-game skate and said ‘Hey Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n—– s—,’ ” Aliu told TSN. “He said ‘I’m sick of hearing this n—–s f—— other n—–s in the ass stuff.’”
The Flames and NHL is conducted their own separate inquiries.
Devils’ Wayne Simmonds and P.K. Subban, two of the most prominent players of color in the NHL, reacted to the situation ahead of Thursday night’s 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
“I can guarantee you every single black hockey player has been called a racial slur at some point in their career, whether it’s been younger or older,” Simmonds said, via TSN. “It’s something people don’t like to talk about because it makes them uncomfortable. In light of this coming out, hopefully this can do some good for the hockey community and shed some light on it.”
Subban said he wouldn’t comment on the specific case without all of the information, but he spoke generally about the state of hockey.
“The best thing about hockey is it is a brotherhood. Everybody knows everybody and we stick together and we protect the game. We have to continue to do that and do it in a productive way and a forward-thinking way so we can grow the game,” he said, per TSN. “I’d like my kids some day to be able to play in the NHL and play in a healthy league. And I want everyone else’s son and cousin or nephew to be able to come into a league that accepts everyone.”
(NJ Advance Media’s Chris Ryan contributed to this report.)
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- Devils:60 | Devils Host Rangers
- RAW | Hynes 11.30.19
- LINE CHANGE | P.K. Subban
- BLAKE COLEMAN GETS 4 POINTS AND A WIN FOR HIS BIRTHDAY
by MSG Networks
- NIKITA GUSEV HAS STRONGEST GAME YET VS. HABS
by MSG Networks
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- New Jersey hosts New York after Coleman’s 2-goal game
By Associated Press
New York Rangers (12-9-3, sixth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (9-11-4, eighth in the Metropolitan Division)
Newark, New Jersey; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Rangers visit New Jersey after Blake Coleman scored two goals in the Devils’ 6-4 victory over the Canadiens.
The Devils are 6-7-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey has scored 12 power-play goals, converting on 14.1% of chances.
The Rangers are 4-2-0 against the rest of their division. New York is eighth in the NHL recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.8 assists.
In their last matchup on Oct. 17, New Jersey won 5-2. Matt Tennyson recorded a team-high 2 points for the Devils.
TOP PERFORMERS: Andy Greene leads the Devils with a plus-five in 20 games played this season. Coleman has scored six goals over the last 10 games for New Jersey.
Artemi Panarin has collected 33 total points while scoring 12 goals and totaling 21 assists for the Rangers. Ryan Strome has totaled eight assists over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 5-3-2, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.1 assists, 4.7 penalties and 13.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game with a .895 save percentage.
Devils: 5-5-0, averaging 2.5 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.
Devils Injuries: Sami Vatanen: out (upper body).
Rangers Injuries: Marc Staal: out (ankle).
- Devils Are Really Missing Brodeur Right Now
BY KYLE MCKENNA, THW
Eight different goaltenders have manned the New Jersey Devils’ net since Martin Brodeur’s departure from the team after the 2013-14 season. To put things in perspective, the Devils witnessed six goaltenders other than Brodeur who appeared in at least one game from No. 30’s rookie season in 1993-94 until the end of 1999-00 season. Keep in mind that Brodeur was starting in a majority of those games during that span while posting 30 and 40 wins a season. It’s apparent that the Devils and their fans are really missing Brodeur right now.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
At the time, it was just a matter of who was willing and able to play the role as a backup for Brodeur, which typically required starting fewer than 10 games a season. In fact, from 1993 to 2000, a Devils goaltender other than Brodeur only appeared in 20 or more games on two occasions: Chris Terreri (44 games) in 1993-94 and Mike Dunham (26) in 1996-97. To make matters even more compelling, Terreri was the only netminder during that time (1993-94) to record more than 10 wins in a season (20) while backing up Brodeur.
New Jersey also won two Stanley Cups in that duration and missed the playoffs once, in 1995-96. Unlike Brodeur’s first six seasons with New Jersey, the Devils haven’t possessed a goaltender who’s earned more than 27 wins in a season since the Hockey Hall of Famer’s era ended in the Garden State.
Entering Saturday’s contest against the New York Rangers, the Devils have won a total of 142 games out of 431 regular-season contests played since Brodeur’s departure. The two-time Olympic Gold medalist alone earned 242 wins in 433 games played during his first seven seasons with the team (1993 to 2000), which also entailed his rookie campaign in 1993-94 and the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.
Eight different goaltenders in five seasons is a carousel of masked men to strap on the pads for New Jersey. That’s especially true when you consider that the team invested a contract worth $42 million over seven seasons into one of them, Cory Schneider.
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid showed signs of hope during his magical run in 2017-18 when he posted 26 wins, but he’s now a backup for the Montreal Canadiens, and for good reason. Then there are goaltenders such as Eddie Lack, Ken Appleby and Scott Wedgewood who are forgettable masked men that appeared in a combined nine games post-Brodeur.
Unfortunately, Schneider hasn’t acted as a legitimate starter since his fourth season with the team. Keep in mind that No. 35 was recently sent down to the American Hockey League on Nov. 19, to receive more playing time with the Binghamton Devils.
Matters still haven’t been promising since one of the team’s highest-paid players was sent down the AHL. Fans have to figure that Brodeur’s predecessor in Schneider will have his contract bought out by season’s end; and while Louis Domingue offers more stability than Schneider and Blackwood, any success he’ll display in Jersey is more than likely short term. Prior to joining New Jersey, Domingue has never earned an opportunity as a team’s legitimate starter for a full NHL campaign while spending parts of five seasons between the Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning (2014-18).
MacKenzie Blackwood may be the answer for the Devils’ future in net, but at 22 years old his transformation into an NHL No. 1 goaltender could take a couple of more seasons – or at least that’s the hope. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has posted a 1-2-0 record while recording a save percentage of .884 since Schneider’s demotion.
The reality also is that the Devils goaltending pipeline isn’t strong when it comes to the organization’s prospects pool, either. That leaves concerning questions marks not only for the remainder of the season but moving forward if Blackwood ends up not panning out as a true No. 1 NHL goaltender.
How Much Do they Miss Brodeur?
New Jersey was spoiled by the three-time Stanley Cup champion’s ability to play in 60-plus games a year and win a majority of those starts in convincing fashion. In fact, the four-time Vezina Trophy winner appeared in 70 games or more in a season 11 times.
Yes, there were years when Brodeur’s team provided plenty of defensive support for him, but there’s no questioning his ability to compete on a nightly basis nor his longevity. He made the big and timely saves throughout his career, and you can argue he carried the Devils during the mid-2000s, post-Scott Stevens’ tenure.
When the Devils’ lineup didn’t have the necessary energy to win hockey games on a consistent basis, he provided that uncanny spark or two-pad stack save that turned around a lifeless and average New Jersey squad. His swagger between the pipes was one of a kind, to the point where he delivered when everyone was counting on him.
There’s no arguing that element has been missing in net for New Jersey since he left, regardless if he was ready or not to hang up the skates during his last two seasons. The energy and aurora at either the Continental Airlines Arena or Prudential Center have never been the same since No. 30 was lifted to the rafters.
New Jersey had it made with Brodeur for two decades, and now the fans are experiencing what plenty of other NHL cities such as Philadelphia have witnessed for years at a time. Devils fans laughed at other teams’ on-going goaltending struggles, such as the Philadelphia Flyers’ issues in net since Ron Hextall retired in 1999. But now the City of Brotherly Love has welcomed its rivals into the sphere of goaltender headaches.
Devils fans used to confidently wear a current goaltender’s jersey into the arena, but with the team’s current tandem that’s no longer the case. Now, No. 30 is still the only goaltender’s jersey fans should see walking around the Prudential Center because the team misses the face of the franchise that much more with its ongoing struggles in net.