December 3, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

December 3, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

  1. SUMMARY
  2. LOCAL PRINT/WEB
  3. TV/VIDEO LINKS
  4. RADIO LINKS
  5. NATIONAL PRINT/WEB

    1) SUMMARY

The Devils will face-off against the Golden Knights tonight at 7:00 PM ET, looking to build off of their 7-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The club concludes their seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back action tonight.

Andy Greene will suit up for the 892nd time in his career for the Devils, passing Scott Niedermayer for 7th place all-time Devils franchise games played.

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, spoke with Taylor Hall and John Hynes about the loss, “I’m running out of things to say as to why we’re playing like that. It’s hard. It’s a tough pill to swallow,” forward Taylor Hall said after the game. “It’s everyone. It’s everyone in here. It’s too bad. We have the players in here to play a lot better than that, so we’ve got to step it up.”

“First period was not close to being good enough in any area and obviously the scoreboard said it and it’s unacceptable,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We’ve got to figure out particularly, like, tonight what went on in the first period and why we came out like that.”

Ryan also spoke with Cory Schneider about his assignment to Binghamton (AHL), “It’s not something you sit there and dwell on,” Schneider said following his second AHL start. “You go about your business, but there’s nothing I could really do about it at that point. Just try to come down here, get better, get over the shock or disappointment of the news, and you have to change your mentality, your mindset to figure out a way to get back there. A way to get back to the NHL level and prove that you can belong and play there.”

 

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

  1. After another embarrassing Devils loss, something’s got to give | Where does team go from here?

By Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/12/after-another-embarrassing-devils-loss-somethings-got-to-give-where-does-team-go-from-here.html

 

Coming off a deflating 4-0 defeat against the Rangers on Saturday, the Devils had to have some type of response. They were run over in their own building against their biggest rival, failing to execute and making key mistakes in a very winnable game.

That response on Monday was an even poorer effort.

The Devils gave up five goals in the first period — the first time they’d done so since 1993 — and never had a chance in a 7-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

The lone goal came when the Devils already trailed 6-0, and from goaltending to defensive decisions to offense, nothing was near good enough.

“I’m running out of things to say as to why we’re playing like that. It’s hard. It’s a tough pill to swallow,” forward Taylor Hall said after the game. “It’s everyone. It’s everyone in here. It’s too bad. We have the players in here to play a lot better than that, so we’ve got to step it up.”

The Devils have lost two straight games. In a vacuum, that’s typically nothing to panic about. But given the nature of both losses, where they were outscored 11-1, paired with their slow start to the season in October and their inability to string together any significant run of sustained success to erase that deficit in the standings, it’s a problem.

If this happened in any recent season, it would have been tolerable for a rebuilding team to experience adversity and rough patches. However, the Devils’ moves in the offseason — adding Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and Nikita Gusev — were universally praised across the board, and they meant the team aimed to take a significant step forward.

Instead, they’re putting up the same results from last season, where they suffered significant injury losses and called up enough AHL players to be considered the New Jersey Binghamton Devils.

The Devils weren’t expected to contend for a Stanley Cup this season, but they were meant to take a step back toward contention. Missing the playoffs would have been a disappointment. Being 13 points out of a spot on Dec. 3 is much worse than that.

So what’s got to give? John Hynes and the coaching staff have faced pressure ever since the team’s 0-4-2 start, and assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald already spent more than a month as a member of the coaching staff.

Ray Shero hasn’t been afraid to shake up the roster midseason in the past, even when things have gone well. He flipped center Adam Henrique to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Sami Vatanen on Nov. 30, 2017.

Trades typically don’t come together overnight, but at this point, it’s clear something needs to change. Otherwise, barring some miraculous epiphany on the ice, the Devils will continue spinning their tires near the bottom of the standings while trending toward another high lottery pick.

 

  1. How Devils’ Cory Schneider is handling AHL demotion, and what he needs to make NHL return

by Chris Ryan, NJ Advanced Media

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/12/how-devils-cory-schneider-is-handling-ahl-demotion-and-what-he-needs-to-make-nhl-return.html

 

Just one day past Thanksgiving, the streets in small city of Binghamton, New York, are already lined with Christmas lights and decorations. The cozy downtown of a few square blocks is unusually quiet, with Binghamton University students still home on break.

The one spot of activity on a frigid Friday night comes from the corner of downtown, with a steady stream of people entering Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena to see the Binghamton Devils host the Belleville Senators in an American League Hockey game.

The old barn is dwarfed by every NHL arena. Small concession stands tabbed as beer and wine gardens line the lone concourse, boasting prices slightly more tolerable than a typical NHL venue.

In one of the four corners of the rink-wide loop, kids challenge team mascot Devil Dawg to a game of corn hole. In another, a handful of teenagers escape the action, sitting at indoor picnic tables, unworried about missing any of the game.

Through a portal to the ice, the crowd fills a little more than half the 6,925 seats, many wearing Devils red with a mix of random NHL jerseys sprinkled among them.

Banners of the ghosts of AHL teams past line the low-hanging rafters, including a 2011 Calder Cup Championship pennant from the Binghamton Senators. On this night, the Senators are the road team, visiting in their third season since vacating the city. The Devils moved into town to take their place in 2017.

As a line of Devils prospects emerge from the corner locker room — void of the typical flair and pizzaz found in club houses at the next level — the skaters have hopes of adding to their resume, building toward a coveted NHL call-up.

The goalie leading the steady walk is in a vastly different boat. Cory Schneider is just trying to prove himself worthy of returning.

Schneider had a sense something was coming. When Devils GM Ray Shero met with the veteran goalie on Nov. 18 and told him the team would be placing him on waivers for an AHL assignment, Schneider was surprised, but not completely caught off guard.

The Devils had just played back-to-back games, one at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins and one on the road against the Montreal Canadiens. After Mackenzie Blackwood made 38 saves in a very busy win over the Pens, a well-earned night off should have been in the cards. But the Devils went back to Blackwood on consecutive nights, leaving Schneider parked on the bench again.

Schneider hadn’t appeared in an NHL game in 10 days, and he played in just two in nearly a month. Given his struggles and the lack of short-term opportunity, the Devils made the move. No NHL team claimed Schneider and his $6 million cap hit, allowing the organization to send him down and make him the highest paid player in the AHL.

“It’s not something you sit there and dwell on,” Schneider said following his second AHL start. “You go about your business, but there’s nothing I could really do about it at that point. Just try to come down here, get better, get over the shock or disappointment of the news, and you have to change your mentality, your mindset to figure out a way to get back there. A way to get back to the NHL level and prove that you can belong and play there.”

The numbers Schneider posted in six NHL games this season were dreadful by any standard, let alone his own. After being one of the league’s most dominant and consistent goalies with the Devils from 2013-14 through 2015-16 — a span where only Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price posted a better save percentage — Schneider looked like a shell of his former self.

One NHL scout pointed to a lack of confidence in Schneider’s game that led to his struggles. Another pointed to the string of injuries since 2016, including major hip surgery in May of 2018, that may have slowed him down at this point of his career, even now that he’s healthy.

Schneider’s current play likely stems from a combination of both, but entering the 2019-20 season, neither appeared to be an issue. He recovered from his hip surgery to have a strong finish in the second half of the 2018-19 season. He played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championships.

Former teammate Bryce Salvador saw Schneider train over the summer. Salvador saw the goalie back in form. Schneider ended a strong preseason with a shutout. And then, none of it translated.

“As you get older, the biggest thing you’ve got to manage is your confidence and your mindset that you have, and you evolve,” Salvador said. “Because if you get slower or you’re not thinking as fast, whatever that skill set that you had that made you excel, you’ve got to adjust to find ways to get the same job done. When you see a goaltender in that position, the confidence and mindset is absolutely critical. As soon as you have any type of doubt there, it’s a challenge.”

Schneider’s tenure with the Devils has followed a path few goalies have experienced.

When the Devils sent a first-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for at the 2013 NHL Draft, which was announced on the floor at Prudential Center in Newark, he was brought in to eventually take the reigns from Martin Brodeur.

Schneider appeared in 45 games in 2013-14 to just 39 for Brodeur, and when Brodeur signed with the St, Louis Blues as a free agent before retiring soon after, the Devils’ starting gig officially belonged to Schneider. He finished with a 1.97 GAA that first season, and the two years that followed presented similar numbers.

In front of Schneider, the Devils started facing the harsh realities of a needed rebuild. But on the vast majority of nights, Schneider gave them a chance to win against any team.

“He was a top goaltender and playing really well. He played really well for us when we were struggling,” defenseman Andy Greene said. “It could have been a lot worse there a few of those years, and we just couldn’t play well enough in front of him to reward him for those couple seasons.”

Ironically enough, Schneider’s play may have ultimately slowed the Devils’ rebuilding needs. Instead of picking near the top of drafts, the Devils selected sixth overall in 2015 and 12th overall in 2016.

“It was arguably some of Cory’s best hockey, and it really looked like he was going to be that goaltender that was the heir apparent to Marty,” said Salvador, whose final two NHL seasons came in Schneider’s first two in Jersey. “And just the way that he handled that situation was a testament to how much of a pro he was. That’s a tough position to be in, trying to provide healthy competition to the best goaltender of all time. What we saw through Cory in that phase was just the great goaltender that he was. It’s unfortunate to see, fast forward three, four years, what’s transpired.”

Schneider’s first game in the AHL isn’t spent on the ice. Since the benches at Binghamton’s arena are smaller, he’s sitting in a chair near the tunnel across the ice, isolated from the rest of the team, watching as the backup goalie before preparing to make his debut one night later.

Security guards are stationed around the area like usual, since fans can easily access the space down two sets of stairs from the stands. But they’re busier than usual. A few excited onlookers manage to slip by to the glass, trying to talk to Schneider, simply excited to see a big-time NHL name in their presence.

Following his second AHL start, dozens of fans, including a few in Schneider jerseys, wait outside the locker room, just hoping to get a glimpse of the goalie.

For the time being, this is Schneider’s reality. His family is still at home in New Jersey for the most part, and he can still slip away during off days to be in the comforts of his house. His wife, Jill, has been nothing short of supportive, ready to adapt to any situation presented in Schneider’s hockey career.

The Devils haven’t given Schneider any timeline on when he might make his return to the NHL. They just want him to play games and find his form, whether that takes a couple weeks, months or longer.

“It is what it is. You have to make the practices count and just come down and enjoy the game, try to have fun with it,” Schneider said. “Enjoy being on the ice and getting into a game, just try to get your rhythm and your mojo back, try to feel good about yourself.”

 

  1. Devils hit rock bottom with blowout loss to Sabres

By Associated Press

https://nypost.com/2019/12/02/devils-hit-rock-bottom-with-blowout-loss-to-sabres/

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nico Hischier scored a power-play goal.

Not much else went right on Monday for the Devils.

Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, and the Sabres used a five-goal first period to beat the Devils 7-1.

Eichel scored 2:46 into the game, and Conor Sheary scored twice during the first 20 minutes. Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund also connected in the first, and Victor Olofsson and Henri Jokiharju scored in the second. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves for the Sabres.

The Devils’ Louis Domingue was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots. He was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 15 saves.

“I’m running out of things to say as to why we’re playing like that,” forward Taylor Hall said. “It’s hard. It’s a tough pill to swallow and it’s everyone in here. It’s too bad.

The Sabres blew out the Devils while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise. Buffalo was awarded an expansion team on Dec. 2, 1969.

The team celebrated “Founders’ Night” and honored original owners Seymour H. Knox III and brother Northrup R. Knox, now deceased. Members of the Knox family, including Seymour’s widow, Jean, were honored with golden pucks before the game by current Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Eichel got Buffalo going with his 17th of the season, and Skinner made it 2-0 two minutes later off a turnover in the Devils’ end. Johan Larsson forced the turnover, and Skinner buried a wrist shot for his 11th goal.

Sheary ended a 19-game goal drought on a one-timer, then added his fifth of the season when Domingue got a pad on his shot but let the puck fall into the net.

Asplund completed Buffalo’s first-period flurry with 58 seconds left on his first NHL goal. One day before his 22nd birthday, Asplund scored on a long shot from the bottom of the left circle.

Hischier got New Jersey on the board 8:10 into the second, scoring from close range.

“First period was not close to being good enough in any area and obviously the scoreboard said it and it’s unacceptable,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We’ve got to figure out particularly, like, tonight what went on in the first period and why we came out like that.”

 

  1. PREVIEW: Devils vs Golden Knights

by Marc Ciampa, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/preview-devils-vs-golden-knights/c-312087492?tid=277567796

 

Devils return home for a game against the Vegas Golden Knights looking to bounce back from Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Sabres.

You can watch the game on MSG Networks or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

Read the game preview below and check back a few hours before game time with lineup updates and more.

YOUR GAME-DAY ESSENTIALS

GAME DAY VIDEO

COMING SOON – DEVILS:60 | Amanda Stein reports on the key storylines prior to tonight’s game around 5:30 PM ET today after the team’s pre-game media availability

COMING SOON – Devils Pre-Game Interviews

COMING SOON – PRE-GAME RAW | Devils Head Coach John Hynes

BY THE NUMBERS

Stats Comparison: Devils vs. Golden Knights

Media Game Notes: Devils vs. Golden Knights

Devils Player Statistics

Golden Knights Player Statistics

Head-to-Head: Devils vs. Golden Knights

NHL Standings

TV & RADIO

You can watch tonight’s game within the Devils region on MSG.

You can listen to tonight’s game on the Devils Radio Network.

Get tickets to tonight’s game!

LIVE PRE-GAME SHOW

At 12:30 PM ET today, you can watch our Live Pre-Game Show as host Chris Wescott takes you through the storylines with interviews, analysis and more.

>> WATCH LIVE AT 12:30 PM ET

INSIDE THE DEVILS

Devils news and notes from the past few days.

>> READ MORE IN THE INSIDE THE DEVILS BLOG

PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ – Check back around 5:30 PM ET shortly after the team’s pre-game media availability for a full pre-game report.

— Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

PREVIEW

DEVILS (9-13-4) vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS (14-11-4)

TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG

Head-to-Head:

Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season.

Last season, the two teams split their games with the Devils winning 5-4 in overtime at Prudential Center and the Golden Knights winning 3-2 in Las Vegas. Nico Hischier had two goals while William Karlsson had two for Vegas.

Devils team scope:

The Devils are in the midst of a tough stretch in which they’ve only won two out of seven games.

After blocking a shot in Montreal, Jack Hughes has been out for the team’s last two games. We’ll check in with the team a few hours before puck drop to get the status on him.

Taylor Hall had four points in two games against the Vegas Golden Knights in the team’s inaugural year of 2017-18. Devils handed Vegas their toughest loss of their inaugural season, beating them 8-3 on home ice.

Golden Knights team scope:

The Golden Knights are coming off a 4-1 win against the Rangers in Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The win was their third straight, coming off what was previously three straight losses.

They sit third in the Pacific Division with 32 points through 29 games. Three divisional opponents sit within two points of them, however.

Max Pacioretty leads the team with 26 points in 29 games while Mark Stone is second with 24. Reilly Smith leads in goals with 12.

Garrett Sparks could get a start tonight after Malcolm Subban went on Monday against the Rangers. Marc-Andre Fleury is away from the team after his father passed away last week. Sparks has only played one game this season, allowing two goals in 27 minutes of action in relief against the Colorado Avalanche. This would be his first start as a member of the Golden Knights after being acquired from Toronto last summer.

By the Numbers:

This is the seventh out of 16 times that the Devils will play back-to-back games this season. They are 1-4-2 in the first game after Monday’s loss. They are much better in the second game in back-to-back situations at 3-2-1.

Despite the lopsided loss on Monday, the team did register 45 shots on goal, which was a season high.

The Devils allowed five goals in the first period of Monday’s game. It was the first time since February 9, 1993 that they allowed five goals in the first period. In that game, the Devils lost 8-5 to Detroit.

Injury Updates:

Devils – Jack Hughes (lower body) is questionable; Connor Carrick (upper body) is questionable

Golden Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury (personal reasons) is questionable; Cody Eakin (head) is day-to-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS –

  1. POST GAME REPORT | At Sabres 

newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/post-game-report–at-sabres/t-277437418/c-4740719

 

  1. ERRORS CONTINUE TO PILE ON AS DEVILS LOSE 7-1 IN BUFFALO

MSG Networks

https://www.msgnetworks.com/videos/errors-continue-to-pile-on-as-devils-lose-7-1-in-buffalo-2/

 

 

 

4) RADIO LINKS –

  1. Sami Vatanen – 2019-20 Episode 9

by newjerseydevils.com

https://soundcloud.com/njdevilsofficial/sami-vatanen-2019-20-episode-9

 

5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB –

  1. Things look dire for Hynes, Devils after 7-1 loss to Sabres

By James O’Brien, NBCSN

https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/12/02/things-look-dire-for-hynes-devils-after-7-1-loss-to-sabres/

 

After an offseason full of optimism thanks to some aggressive additions, particularly the lucky lottery win of Jack Hughes, it felt like the New Jersey Devils would at least make a ton of progress in 2019-20.

Pretty much from the 0-4-2 start, the tension was really rising, and it’s felt like something had to give — maybe even beyond the Devils having to bite the bullet and trade Taylor Hall considering his expiring contract.

 

Sadly, Devils fans have had quite a few low moments to choose from lately (including losing to the hated Rangers 4-0 on Saturday), but Monday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres might very well represent rock bottom. At least, the Devils must hope so, as the Sabres handed them a painful 7-1 loss. You know it isn’t a great sign when your opponent has three goals before you even register a shot on goal.

The Sabres would end up with five goals in the first period alone. It would be convenient if the Devils could blame a single, solitary issue for all of their problems, but stretches like these often boil down to broader dysfunction.

 

Maybe the biggest debate is: what feels like the perfect encapsulation of that loss, and the general feeling surrounding these dismal Devils?

 

Was it this agonizing goal allowed when the game was already getting out of hand?

Or, should we be more precise and point to Conor Sheary‘s “yikes” reaction to that goal?

 

Conor Sheary’s expression after scoring his 2nd of the game and the 4th of 5 first-period goals for the Sabres vs. the Devils kind of sums it up.

 

Either way, things are rough.

 

The Devils slipped to 9-13-4, with their 22 standings points only placing them ahead of a Detroit Red Wings team that is dreadful, essentially, by design. Plenty of Devils fans have been calling for head coach John Hynes to be fired well before this stretch where the Sabres and Rangers combined to beat New Jersey 11-1 over two lousy losses, but you can bet that the rumblings are more thunderous this week:

 

 

  1. Five-goal first period leads Sabres to 7-1 win over Devils

by AP

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2019/12/02/five-goal-first-period-leads-sabres-to-7-1-win-over-devils/40745897/

 

 

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It was a day worth celebrating for the Buffalo Sabres.

On the team’s 50th birthday as a franchise, the Sabres scored five goals in the first period on their way to a 7-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

 

It was an offensive explosion that had been a long time in the works, according to coach Ralph Krueger.

“The last six games before this really had been games of good habits, and a lot of the offense that we were starting to create hadn’t really functioned that well with goals,” Krueger said. “I thought we had a deserved first period, kind of like the fruit of the labor from the week before almost seemed to pay off. We were hot.”

 

Jack Eichel had one goal and two assists, Johan Larsson had three assists, and Conor Sheary snapped a 19-game goal drought by scoring twice.

 

“We talked about coming out hard and playing our game and I think we did,” said forward Rasmus Asplund. “But I think what we really did good was when we scored a couple goals there, we just stayed with the game plan and kept going. Five in a period, it just shows what character we have.”

Asplund, Jeff Skinner, Victor Olofsson and Henri Jokiharju also scored for Buffalo, which improved to 13-10-5. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves.

 

The celebratory mood began before the game when the team honored original owners Seymour H. Knox III and brother Northrup R. Knox, now deceased. Members of the Knox family, including Seymour’s widow Jean, were honored with golden pucks before the game by current Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Buffalo was awarded an expansion team on Dec. 2, 1969.

 

Eichel got Buffalo going with his 17th of the season 2:46 into the game. Skinner made it 2-0 two minutes later off a turnover in the Devils end. Larsson forced the turnover, and Skinner buried a wrist shot for his 11th goal.

 

Sheary ended a 19-game goal drought on a one-timer 6:57 into the first, then added his fifth of the season with 3:19 remaining in the period on a poor effort from Devils goalie Louis Domingue. Domingue got a pad on Sheary’s shot, sending the puck high into the air before it eventually fell behind him into the net.

 

Asplund completed Buffalo’s first-period flurry to make it 5-0 with 58 seconds left on his first NHL goal. One day before his 22nd birthday, Asplund scored on a long shot from the bottom of the left circle.

 

“It’s a relief, of course,” Asplund said. “I think I’ve been playing really well the last couple games, I’m creating a lot of chances. I knew it was close and I got it.”

 

Domingue was pulled for New Jersey after allowing five goals on 15 shots. He was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 15 saves.

 

It was hardly the effort the Devils were looking for with a difficult four-game trip around the corner. Before that, they have a quick turnaround with a home game against Vegas on Tuesday.

“I’m running out of things to say as to why we’re playing like that,” forward Taylor Hall said. “It’s hard. It’s a tough pill to swallow and it’s everyone in here. It’s too bad. We have the players in here to play a lot better than that. We’ve got to step it up.”

 

Nico Hischier got New Jersey on the board 8:10 into the second with a power-play goal, scoring from close range.

 

New Jersey fell to 9-13-4 with the loss.

 

“First period was not close to being good enough in any area and obviously the scoreboard said it and it’s unacceptable,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We’ve got to figure out particularly, like, tonight what went on in the first period and why we came out like that.”

 

NOTES: No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes remains out with a lower-body injury and did not travel to Buffalo. This was his second consecutive game missed. He’s considered day to day. … Sabres RW Kyle Okposo returned to practice Monday for the first time since being concussed Nov. 26. Okposo said he expects to return to the lineup during the team’s upcoming trip. … C John Hayden and D Mirco Mueller were scratched for New Jersey. … LW Evan Rodrigues, C Curtis Lazar and C Jean-Sebastien Dea were scratched for Buffalo.

 

UP NEXT:

Devils: Return home to play the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Sabres: Begin a three-game West Coast road trip in Calgary on Thursday.

 

 

  1. Vegas visits New Jersey after Tuch’s 2 goal-game
    by AP

https://www.fox5vegas.com/vegas-visits-new-jersey-after-tuch-s-goal-game/article_b9a88807-feae-5ae3-a068-4935bed9a6d0.html

 

 

 

Vegas Golden Knights (14-11-4, third in the Pacific Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (9-13-4, eighth in the Metropolitan Division)

 

Newark, New Jersey; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST

 

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas visits the New Jersey Devils after Alex Tuch scored two goals in the Golden Knights’ 4-1 victory against the Rangers.

 

The Devils have gone 4-6-4 in home games. New Jersey has allowed 20 power-play goals, killing 76.5% of opponent opportunities.

 

The Golden Knights are 7-6-1 in road games. Vegas has given up 14 power-play goals, killing 85.6% of opponent chances.

 

The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting this season for the two teams.

 

TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with nine goals and has totaled 16 points. Nico Hischier has recorded six assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey.

 

Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 16 total assists and has recorded 26 points. Nate Schmidt has recorded eight assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

 

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 5-4-1, averaging three goals, 4.6 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.

 

Devils: 4-6-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 3.9 assists, 3.7 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .893 save percentage.

 

Devils Injuries: Kevin Rooney: out (upper body), Sami Vatanen: out (upper body), Jack Hughes: day to day (lower-body).

 

Golden Knights Injuries: Cody Eakin: out (upper body).

 

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