New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 10 @ Dallas Stars

New Jersey Devils (9-15-5) @ Dallas Stars (17-11-3)
8:30 PM ET • American Airlines Arena • MSG+ / FS-SW • Devils Hockey Network


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11:30 PM Media Availability at American Airlines Arena*





The Devils fell to the Predators, 6-4, in the first of two contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey falls to 1-2-2 (1-1-0 road) against Central Division opponents this season. New Jersey was 6-6 on the penalty kill tonight, and 1-4 on the power play. New Jersey opens their four game road trip, 0-1-0. The Devils will matchup with the Predators for the second and final time, Feb. 1 at Prudential Center.


Tonight’s contest concludes New Jersey’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back play. The falls to 3-4-1 in second games.


The Devils and Predators recorded the 14th instance in NHL history of two teams combining for at least four goals in the opening four minutes of a game. The club was also involved in the last such instance on Feb. 9, 1993 (at DET), which witnessed the Devils and Red Wings combine for an NHL-record four goals in the opening 2:28 of the game. (credit: NHL PR).


Jesper Bratt opened the scoring for New Jersey, 2:45 in the first period. Pavel Zacha and Sami Vatanen assisted the tuck.


Travis Zajac dented the net 1:14 later, with helpers from Nikita Gusev and Blake Coleman.

Kyle Palmieri tallied the Devils lone power play goal in the contest, assisted by Taylor Hall and Vatanen. The helper gives Vatanen his second multi-point game of his 2019-20 regular season campaign.


Hall went on to score New Jersey’s fourth goal of the game, 11:09 into the third frame, assisted by Jack Hughes. Hall extends his goal streak to two games. The goal and assist gives Hall his sixth multi-point game this season.


The Devils are 3-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena and 3-4-2 overall against the Predators since the 2015-16 season.




Tonight marks the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Dallas. The Devils and Stars split the 2018-19 regular season series, 1-1-0; 2PTS. New Jersey was 2-10 on the man advantage, and 5-6 on the penalty kill in the two games played. The Devils outscored the Stars, 7-5. The club looks to improve their 1-2-2 (1-1-0 road) record against Central Division opponents.


Will Butcher (3A) and Travis Zajac (3A) led the club in points and assists, tallying three in the regular season series against Dallas. Kyle Palmieri led the club in goals, tallying two in the two games played.


Mackenzie Blackwood saw 58 minutes against the Stars allowing five goals in the clubs loss to Dallas. Louis Domingue is a career 3-1-0 against Dallas, allowing 13 goals on 149 shots, posting a 3.20 GAA.


Joe Pavelski (2G-1A) and Alexander Radulov (3A) tallied three points against New Jersey last season. Tyler Seguin led Dallas in shots, with 11 in two games played.


Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin split the season series against the Devils. Bishop allowed four goals in the Stars win, while Khudobin allowed three goals in 60 minutes of action in the loss.


The Devils are 1-3-0 at American Airlines Arena and 4-3-1 overall against the Stars since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will matchup with Dallas for the second and final time, Feb. 1 at Prudential Center.








Matt Tennyson (I.R.) – 2 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Dec. 3


Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 44





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 – 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)

-3 PTS from tying Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list

-4 G to tie Zach Parise four fourth place on the Devils all-time goals 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)

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

December 6: Assigned Connor Carrick to Binghamton (AHL) on a conditioning stint

-Recalled Colton White from 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)

Colton White (2015, 4th round, 97th 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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