New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 6 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

New Jersey Devils (9-14-4) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (10-12-5)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / NHLN / NBCSCH+ • Devils Hockey Network

 

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LAST GAME vs. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

 

The Devils fell to the Golden Knights, 4-3, in the first of two contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey falls to 2-3-1 (1-2-1 home) against Pacific Division opponents this season. The Devils will matchup with the Golden Knights for the second and final time, Mar. 3 at T-Mobile Arena.

 

The contest concluded New Jersey’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back play. The club falls to 3-2-1 in second games. The Devils eighth set of back-to-back action will be Dec. 6 vs. CHI and Dec. 7 @ NSH.

 

New Jersey was 0-2 on the penalty kill tonight, and 2-3 on the power play. The Devils outshot the Golden Knights, 35-30. New Jersey was 22-46 (48%) in face-offs in the contest.

 

Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring 16:31 in the first period. Palmieri becomes the first Devils of the 2019-20 season to tally double digit goals this season (10). Damon Severson and Blake Coleman tallied the helpers on Palmieri’s tuck.

 

Jesper Bratt notched his fifth goal of the season, 14:17 into the second frame, assisted by Severson and Pavel Zacha. Severson’s second helper gives him his first multi-point game of his 2019-20 regular season campaign.

 

Nico Hischier tallied the fourth goal for New Jersey assisted by Taylor Hall and Palmieri. Palmieri tallied his third multi-point game this season.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood got his 19th start of the 2019-20 season, stopping 26 of 30 shots faced. Blackwood falls to 8-8-3 this season.

 

Jonathan Marchessault tallied a hat-trick and the game-winner in the contest.

 

 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

 

Tonight marks the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Chicago. The Devils split the 2018-19 regular season series with the Blackhawks, 1-1-0; 2PTS. New Jersey was 3-5 on the man advantage, and 6-7 on the penalty kill in the two contests. The Devils outshot the Golden Knight, 84-68. The club looks to improve their 1-1-1 (0-1-1 home) record against Central Division opponents.

 

Tonight’s contest opens New Jersey’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back play. The club looks to improve their 1-4-2 record in first games. The Devils head to Nashville to face-off against the Predators on Saturday night.

 

Travis Zajac (2G-2A) led the club in points, tallying four in the regular season series against Chicago. Jesper Bratt led the club in assists, tallying 3 in the two games played.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood suited up for one game against Chicago last season, allowing five goals in the clubs lone win against the Blackhawks. Louis Domingue has played in six games against the Blackhawks, allowing 22 goals on 190 shots posting a 3.85 GAA in his career.

 

Patrick Kane (3G-4A) led his Chicago squad with seven points in the 2018-19 regular season series.

 

Corey Crawford is a career 3-4-1 against New Jersey, allowing 22 goals against while posting a 3.49 GAA. Robin Lehner suited up for one contests against the Devils last season where he allowed one goal in the victory.

 

The Devils are 3-0-1 at Prudential Center and 5-1-2 overall against the Blackhawks since the 2015-16 season. The Devils last regulation loss at home versus Chicago was Jan. 3, 2014. New Jersey will matchup with Chicago for the second and final time, Dec. 23 at United Center.

 

 

 

 

 

INJURIES

 

Connor Carrick (I.R.) – 19 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Oct. 24

Matt Tennyson (I.R.) – Upper-body injury sustained Dec. 3

 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 42

 

 

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 – Passed Scott Niedermayer for 7th place all time in Devils/franchise GP (893)(Dec. 3 vs VGK)

-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)

 

 

 

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)

December 5: Placed Matt Tennyson on I.R. retroactive to Dec. 3 vs VGK

 

 

 

 

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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