New Jersey Devils (15-21-7) @ Washington Capitals (30-10-5)
7:00 PM ET • Capital One Arena • MSG+ 2 / NBCSWA • Devils Hockey Network
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11:30 AM Media Availability at Capital One Arena*
LAST GAME @ NY RANGERS
The Devils fell to the Rangers, 6-3, in the third of four contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey falls to (1-2-0; 2pts) against the NY Rangers this season. New Jersey will face-off against the NY Rangers for the fourth and final time, March 7 at Madison Square Garden.
New Jersey falls to 4-6-2 (2-4-0 road) against Metropolitan Division rivals this season. The Devils outshot the Rangers, 49-37, the most shots New Jersey has recorded on net this season (prev. 12/2 @ BUF; 45). New Jersey was 27-59 (46%) in the face-off circle. The Devils are 2-6-1 at Prudential Center and 9-8-2 overall against the Rangers since the 2015-16 season.
Kevin Rooney got the Devils on the board, 8:06 into the first game assisted by Pavel Zacha. Rooney’s tuck marks the Devils fourth short-handed goal of the season, his first since Mar. 15, 2019 @ VAN and first of his 2019-20 campaign.
Blake Coleman tallied the second goal for New Jersey assisted by Damon Severson and Travis Zajac. Severson extends his point streak to two games, while Zajac passes Kirk Muller for sole possession of third place on the all-time Devils points list.
Coleman went on to notch his second goal of the contest, 8:56 into the second frame, assisted by Severson and Nikita Gusev. The helper gives Severson his third multi-point game this season, and second two-assist game this season.
Mackenzie Blackwood got the start for his 31st this season (Eighth consecutive). Blackwood stopped 20 of 25 shots faced, and falls to 14-12-6 this season (4-4-2 vs. Metropolitan). Louis Domingue came into relieve Blackwood at 35:02, marking his first appearance since returning from I.R. Domingue stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.
Tony DeAngelo tallied a hat trick and game-winner in the contest against the Devils.
TONIGHT’S GAME @ WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Tonight’s contest marks the second of four contests between New Jersey and Washington in the 2019-20 regular season series. The Caps defeated the Devils in the first matchup at Prudential Center on Dec. 20, 6-3.
New Jersey is 1-1 on the penalty kill, and 1-3 on the power play through one contest. The Capitals are outshooting the Devils, 29-27. New Jersey is 24-45 (52%) in the face-off circle through one games played.
Nikita Gusev (2A) leads the Devils in scoring, tallying two helpers on the December matchup. Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood all tallied one tuck against Washington in the first contest. Coleman leads New Jersey in shots, tallying six in 17:10 minutes of action.
Mackenzie Blackwood saw 48:25 minutes of action in the first contest. Blackwood allowed five goals on 26 shots against. The Thunder Bay, ONT. CAN native is a career 0-3-0 against the Capitals with a 3.94 GAA. Blackwood looks to improve his 4-4-2 record against Metropolitan Division rivals this season (.899 SV%). Louis Domingue is a career 1-1-0 against Washington, allowing six goals on 82 shots against (.927 SV%)
Nicklas Backstrom (2G-2A) leads the Capitals in scoring and in goals against the Devils. Backstrom tallied four points, and two goals against New Jersey in 17:35 TOI. Ilya Samsonov played the full 60 minutes against the Devils in the first contest, stopping 24 of 27 shots against (.889 SV%). Braden Holtby is a career17-3-3 against the Devils, posting a 1.94 GAA in 1389:34 TOI.
The Devils are 1-7-0 at Capital One Arena and 3-12-2 overall against the Capitals since the 2015-16 season. The clubs last win at Capital One Arena was Dec. 29, 2016 (2-1 Wso). New Jersey will face-off against the Washington for the third time this season, January 16 at Capital One Arena.
Jack Hughes (Day-to-day) – 4 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Dec. 31
Jesper Bratt (Day-to-day) – 3 games missed; Lower-body injury sustained Jan. 2
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 78
The New Jersey Devils will host their Fourth Annual Pride Night on Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. the Colorado Avalanche (7:00 p.m. game. In honor of the NHL’s “Hockey is For Everyone” initiative, the Devils will hold a pregame Panel featuring gold medalist and U.S Women’s Ice Hockey Team Captain Meghan Duggan and LGBTQ athletes and coaches. Proceeds from the sales of player-used sticks wrapped with pride tape, pride-themed hats, shirts and more will benefit You Can Play and Garden State Equality. This year’s game is being held in collaboration with Newark Gay Pride, a volunteer organization that engages in advocacy, education, programming and recreational events in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Newark.
Pre-Game Pride Night Panel:
The Annual Pride Night Pregame Panel, in partnership with OutSports, featured Centenary University wrestler Alec Donovan, former student-athlete Arman Bashiri and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD Athletic Director and Basketball Coach Anthony Nicodemo and U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Captain and Gold Medalist Meghan Duggan as moderator. The diverse panel of athletes shared their insights on the challenges facing the LGBTQ community, recent successes and milestones, and ambitions for the future.
Pride Tape Stick and Drum Auction:
Devils players warm-up sticks and Mascot “N.J. Devil’s” drum, wrapped in Pride Tape, will be will be autographed and auctioned off following the game at NewJerseyDevils.com/Auction. The online auction is live through Jan. 18, 2020 with proceeds benefitting You Can Play and Garden State Equality.
Game Presentation Honors for LGBTQ Community Leaders:
In celebration of local LGBTQ community and industry leaders, the National Anthem will be sung by long-time Devils National Anthemguest singer Max DeFrancesco, a member of the LGBTQ community; Newark Gay Pride will act as Honor Guard; and Backward Flag Brewery owner Torie Fisher will be honored as Hero of the Game.
Mystery Hats and Andy Greene Meet & Greet:
Fan who purchase a mystery hat outside Section 20 on Prudential Center’s Main Concourse, will receive a Devils hat signed by a “Mystery Player” on the team and five random fans who purchase will receive a “Golden” Mystery Hat, which grants them access to a post-game meet and greet with You Can Play Ambassador and Devils Captain Andy Greene. A portion of proceeds from Mystery Hat purchases go to You Can Play and Garden State Equality.
On Monday, March 23, the New Jersey Devils will host Hockey is for Everyone: Gender Equality Night. The night will include an all-women pregame panel and networking event titled, Women in the Business of Hockey. The panel will feature influential women who hold various roles on the business side of hockey. Proceeds from 50/50 sales will benefit Devils Care Foundation with funds earmarked for Girls Youth Hockey Initiatives.
2020 WORLD JUNIOR PROSPECTS
|Player||Team||Pos||GP||G||A||PTS||PIM||+ / –||TOI|
|BAHL, Kevin||Canada (Gold)||D||7||0||1||1||6||4||–|
|SMITH, Ty||Canada (Gold)||D||7||0||3||3||2||0||–|
|PASIC, Nikola||Sweden (Bronze)||F||7||0||1||1||0||-1||–|
|MISYUL, Daniil||Russia (Silver)||D||6||0||0||0||12||2||–|
*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)
-900th NJD/NHL GP (Dec. 20 vs. WSH)
-3 G to 50 NJD/NHL
-7 A to 200 NJD/NHL
*Nikita Gusev – 1st NHL goal (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)
*John Hayden – 1st Devils point (1A; Nov. 23 vs. DET)
-1st Devil goal (Dec. 23 @ CHI)
*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)
*Damon Severson – 400th NHL/NJD GP
*Ben Street – 1st NJD point (1A; Jan. 7 vs. NYI)
*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)
-Tied Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list (520) (Jan. 2 @ NYI; 1A)
-Passed Muller for third place on the Devils-all-time points list (521)(Jan. 9 @ NYR; 1A)
-3 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)
Dec. 10: Placed Nico Hischier on I.R.
-Recalled Michael McLeod from Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 13: Activated Nico Hischier off of I.R.
-Assigned Colton White to Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 14: Placed Louis Domingue on I.R.
-Recalled Evan Cormier from Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 16: Traded Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to Arizona in exchange for Arizona’s first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (top-three protected), Arizona’s third-round selection (conditional) in 2021, defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr
Dec. 17: Assigned Evan Cormier to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled Gilles Senn from Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 18: Activated Connor Carrick off of I.R.
Dec. 24: Assigned Michael McLeod to Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 28: Activated Louis Domingue off of I.R. and assigned to Binghamton (AHL)
Dec. 30: Signed prospect Nikita Okhotyuk to a three-year entry level contract.
Jan. 1: Assigned Gilles Senn to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled Louis Domingue from Binghamton (AHL)
Jan. 4: Recalled Ben Street from Binghamton (AHL)
Jan. 5: Activated Matt Tennyson off of I.R. and placed on waivers
Jan. 6: Matt Tennyson cleared waivers, assigned 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.
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, Ben Street
Trade: Connor Carrick, Louis Domingue, Nikita Gusev, John Hayden, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Palmieri, P.K. Subban, Sami Vatanen