New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 2 @ Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (9-12-4) @ Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5)
7:00 PM ET • KeyBank Center • MSG+ / MSG-B / SN • Devils Hockey Network

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11:30 AM Media Availability at KeyBank Center*





The Devils fell to the Rangers, 4-0, in the second of four contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. The club failed to dent the net for the fourth time this season, and first time at home since Jan. 25, 2017 in a 3-0 loss to Nashville where Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.


New Jersey falls to 3-3-1 (3-1-1 home) against Metropolitan Division rivals this season, and 1-1-0 against NY Rangers in the season series. New Jersey will matchup with NY Rangers for the third time, Jan. 9 at Madison Square Garden. The club finishes the month of November 7-7-1 (2-4-1 home).


The club allowed two short handed goals while being shutout for the first time in team history. New Jersey was 1-2 on the penalty kill tonight, and 0-8 on the power play. The last time New Jersey was 0-8 on the man advantage was on Dec. 31, 2016 vs. WSH (0-9). *credit Criag Seiden, NJD Radio

Mackenzie Blackwood got his 17th start of the 2019-20 season for New Jersey, stopping 19 of 23 shots faced in regulation. Blackwood falls to 8-7-3 this season.


Adam Fox tallied the game-winner for the Rangers.





Tonight marks the second of three regular season contests between New Jersey and Buffalo. The Devils fell to the Sabres in the first contest, 7-2 on Oct. 5. New Jersey was 0-2 on the man advantage, and 1-4 on the penalty kill in the contest. The Sabres outshot the Devils, 36-20. The club looks to improve their 3-5-1 (2-2-0 road) record against Atlantic Division opponents.


Tonight’s contest opens New Jersey’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back play. The club looks to improve their 1-3-2 record in first games before headed home to face-off against the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night at Prudential Center.


Six different Devils tallied one point in the early October matchup. Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri tallied the two goals for New Jersey. Andy Greene led his squad in TOI, skating in 20:30. Tonight, Greene will suit up for the 892nd time, sporting the Devils sweater tying him with Scott Niedermayer for seventh place all-time in Devils/franchise games played.


Mackenzie Blackwood got his first start of the season stopping 29 of 36 shots face in the defeat. Louis Domingue is a career 3-3-0 against the Sabres, allowing 17 goals on 167 shots posting a 2.87 GAA.


Jack Eichel (1G-2A) and Rasmus Dahlin (3A) lead Buffalo in scoring in the season series. Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson notched two goals each in the contest. Rasmus Ristolainen led the Sabres in TOI, skating in 23:27.


Carter Hutton got the start for the Sabres, allowing two goals on 20 shots against. Linus Ullmark is a career 0-3-0 against the Devils, allowing eight goals on 69 shots posting a 2.76 GAA.


The Devils are 5-2-0 at KeyBank Center and 9-3-1 overall against the Sabres since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will matchup with Buffalo for the third and final time, Apr. 2 at Prudential Center.







Connor Carrick (I.R.) – 17 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Oct. 24


Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 37





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 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.





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.




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

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

*Andy Greene – 1 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





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)





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.





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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