New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Dec. 13 @ Colorado Avalanche

New Jersey Devils (9-16-5) @ Colorado Avalanche (20-8-3)
9:00 PM ET • Pepsi Center • MSG+ / ALT / ESPN+ • Devils Hockey Network

 

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Pre-Game Availability *subject to change

11:30 PM Media Availability at Pepsi Center*

 

 

 

LAST GAME @ DALLAS STARS

 

The Devils fell to the Stars, 2-0, in the first of two contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. The shutout marks New Jersey’s fifth time failing to dent the net this season, and only the third time against Dallas in team history. All three times the final score was 2-0 (credit Craig Seiden, NJD Radio).

 

New Jersey falls to 1-3-2 (1-2-0 road) against Central Division opponents this season. The Devils continue their four game road trip, falling to 0-2-0. (Dec. 7 @ NSH; L, 6-4 / Dec. 10 @ DAL; L, 2-0).

 

New Jersey was 5-5 on the penalty kill tonight, and 0-3 on the power play. The Stars outshot the Devils, 35-26. New Jersey was 20-60 (33%) in face-offs tonight. New Jersey will matchup with Dallas for the second and final time, Feb. 1 at Prudential Center.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood got his 21st start of the 2019-20 season, stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in regulation. Blackwood falls to 8-9-4 this season.

 

Damon Severson led the team in TOI, skating in 24:37.

 

Radek Faska notched the game winner for the Stars.

The Devils are 1-4-0 at American Airlines Arena and 4-4-1 overall against the Stars since the 2015-16 season.

 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME @ COLORADO AVALANCHE

 

Tonight marks the first of two regular season contests between New Jersey and Colorado. The Avalanche swept the Devils in the 2018-19 regular season series, 2-0-0; 4PTS. New Jersey was 2-9 on the man advantage, and 8-9 on the penalty kill in the two games played. The Avs outscored the Devils, 8-3.

 

Taylor Hall (1G-2A) led the club in points with one goal and two assists in the regular season series against Colorado. Nico Hischier (1G-1A) tallied two points in one game played against the Avalanche.

 

Louis Domingue is a career 2-3-0 against Colorado, allowing 13 goals on 156 shots, posting a 2.65 GAA. Mackenzie Blackwood has yet to suit up in a tilt against Colorado.

 

Nathan MacKinnon (1G-4A) and Nazem Kadri (1G-4A) tallied a club leading five points against New Jersey last season. Andre Burakovsky and Gabriel Landeskog led their club in goals, tallying three each.

 

Phillip Grubauer played in 120 minutes against the Devils. Grubauer allowed three goals of 53 shots against, posting a 1.50 GAA and 2-0-0 record.

 

The Devils are 1-3-0 at Pepsi Center and 3-5-0 overall against the Avalanche since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will matchup with Colardo for the second and final time, Jan. 4 at Prudential Center.

 

 

 

 

 

INJURIES

 

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

Nico Hischier (I.R.) – 3 games missed; Illness

 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 47

 

 

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)

-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

 

 

 

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

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

-Recalled Colton White from Binghamton (AHL)

Dec. 10: Placed Nico Hischier on I.R

-Recalled Michael McLeod from Binghamton (AHL)

 

 

 

 

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)

Michael McLeod (2016, 1st round, 12th 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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