New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 12 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils (16-21-7) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (27-13-4)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / SUN • Devils Hockey Network


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The Devils defeated the Capitals, 5-1, in the second of four contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey improves to (1-1-0; 2 pts) against Washington this season. New Jersey will face-off against Washington for the third time, January 23 at Capital One Arena.


New Jersey improves to 5-6-2 (3-4-0 road) against Metropolitan Division rivals this season. The Capitals outshot the Devils, 34-22. New Jersey was 32-58 (55%) in face-offs tonight. The Devils are 2-7-1 at Capital One Arena and 4-12-2 overall against the Capitals since the 2015-16 season. Before tonight, the clubs last win at Capital One Arena was Dec. 29, 2016 (2-1 Wso).


Tonight opened the clubs 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back action. The Devils improve to 2-6-3 in first games.


Will Butcher suited up for his 200th NHL/NJD contest tonight. Butcher tallied 17:16 TOI and notched two helpers. Through 200 games played the Wisconsin native has tallied 13 goals and 78 assists for 88 points.


Nico Hischier opened the scoring 5:27 into the first period assisted by Butcher and Connor Carrick. Butcher’s helper snaps a six game pointless streak (12/27-1/9) while Carrick tallies his first assist since 10/10 vs. EDM (1A).

Nikita Gusev notched the game winner, 3:28 into the second frame assisted by Butcher and Wayne Simmonds. With his two assists, Butcher tallies his second two-assist game in his 2019-20 campaign.


Blake Coleman notched the clubs fifth shorthanded goal of the season, assisted by Travis Zajac and Andy Greene. Greene is now just six helpers away from his 200th NHL/NJD. Coleman’s short-handed tuck marks his second of the season and is now one shy of tying his season high of shorthanded goals (3).


Hischier tallied his second goal of the contest, 12:11 into the second assisted by Kyle Palmieri. Hischier’s two goal night marks his first of the season.


Miles Wood tallied the empty net goal 15:04 into the third frame. The goal went unassisted.


Louis Domingue got the start for his sixth of the season. Domingue stopped 33 of 34 shots faced, and improves to 2-4-0 this season (1-0-0 vs. Metropolitan).






Tonight’s contest marks the second of three contests between New Jersey and Tampa Bay in the 2019-20 regular season series. The Lightning defeated the Devils in the first matchup at Prudential Center on Oct. 30, 7-6, in overtime.


New Jersey is 0-1 on the penalty kill, and 1-5 on the power play through one contest. The Devils are outshooting the Lightning, 42-23. New Jersey is 29-44 (66%) in the face-off circle through one game played.


Tonight’s matchup concludes the Devils 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back play. The club improved to 2-6-3 in first contests last night, and now look to get back to .500 and improve their 4-5-1 record in second games this season.


Wayne Simmonds (3A) and Kyle Palmieri (3G) lead New Jersey in scoring against Tampa Bay, tallying three points each in the late October matchup. The Montvale, NJ native is the only Devils to record a hat trick this season so far. Palmieri’s opening goal is the fastest goal to start a game for New Jersey this season (1:10).   Andy Greene, Will Butcher, Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt all notched two points in the tilt, too.


Mackenzie Blackwood has yet to matchup against the Lightning in his career. Blackwood looks to improve his 7-5-1 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season (.900 SV%). Louis Domingue is a career 1-2-0 against Tampa Bay, allowing six goals on 110 shots against (.945 SV%)


Tyler Johnson (1G-2A), Ondrej Palat (2G-1A) and Brayden Point (1G-2A) lead the Lightning in scoring against the Devils, tallying three points each through one game played. Curtis McElhinney saw 61:16 minutes of action allowing six goals on 42 shots against.


The Devils are 3-3-1 at Prudential Center and 4-8-1 overall against the Lightning since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will face-off against Tampa Bay for the third and final time this season, March 15 at Amalie Arena.






Jack Hughes (Day-to-day) – 5 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Dec. 31



Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 79






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 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.


Devils Pride


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.









Player Stats
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
Goalie Team Pos GP GA SVS SVS% GAA W L
SCHMID, Akira Swtizerland G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0








*Jesper Boqvist – 1st NHL goal (Nov. 26 vs. MIN)

*Will Butcher – 200th NHL GP (Jan. 11 @ WSH)

*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

-6 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 (522)(Jan. 9 @ NYR; 2A)

-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)

Jan. 11: Recalled Evan Cormier 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)

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




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