New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Jan. 14 @ Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils (17-21-7) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-6)
7:00 PM ET • Scotiabank Arena • MSG+ / TVAS / SNO • Devils Hockey Network

 

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11:30 AM Media Availability at Scotiabank Arena*

 

 

 

LAST GAME vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

 

The Devils defeated the Lightning, 3-1, in the second of three contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey improves to (1-0-1; 3 pts) against Tampa Bay this season. New Jersey will face-off against Tampa for the third and final time, March 15 at Amalie Arena.

 

Tonight concludes the clubs 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back action. The Devils improve their 5-6-1 record in second games. The victory marks the first time the Devils have won both games in back-to-back play this season (last: 11/15 vs PIT, 11/16 @ MTL).

 

New Jersey improves to 6-6-2 (3-3-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents this season. The Lightning outshot the Devils, 27-20. The 20 shots on goal ties a season low for the Devils in one game. New Jersey was 23-37 (62%) in face-offs tonight. The Devils are 4-3-1 at Prudential Center and 5-8-1 overall against the Lightning since the 2015-16 season.

 

Andy Greene notched the Devils first goal of the game, 3:10 into the second period assisted by Miles Wood and Jack Hughes. The tuck gives Greene his first of the season, and is now two goals away from his 50th of his NHL/NJD career.

 

Travis Zajac tallied the game winner for the Devils 9:52 into the second frame, assisted by Nikita Gusev and Damon Severson. Zajac is now two goals shy from tying Zach Parise for fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list. Gusev extends his point streak to three games (1/9-12; 1G-2A).

 

Wood notched the empty net goal, 19:59 into the third frame, the latest recorded goal in a period this season for New Jersey. Wayne Simmonds and Greene assisted Wood’s tuck. Wood extends his goal streak to two games, Greene notches his second multi-point game this season (1G-1A) and Simmonds extends his assist streak to two games.

 

Louis Domingue got the start for his seventh of the season (second consecutive). Domingue stopped 26 of 27 shots faced, and improves to 3-4-0 this season (2-1-0 vs. Atlantic).

 

 

 

TONIGHT’S GAME @ TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

 

Tonight’s contest marks the second of three contests between New Jersey and Toronto in the 2019-20 regular season series. The Leafs defeated the Devils in the first matchup at Prudential Center, Dec. 27, 5-4, in overtime.

 

The club opens up a three game road trip before the All-Star break. After Toronto, the Devils will travel to Washington and end in Columbus on Saturday.

 

New Jersey is 2-4 on the penalty kill, and 1-3 on the power play through one contest. The Maple Leafs are outshooting the Devils, 37-28. New Jersey is 24-46 (52%) in the face-off circle through one game played.

 

Nico Hischier (1G-2A), Kyle Palmieri (1G-2A) and Jesper Bratt (1G-2A) lead New Jersey in scoring against Toronto, tallying three points each in the late December matchup.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood fell in overtime in the first matchup. Blackwood stopped 32 out of 37 shots against. Louis Domingue is a career 1-0-0 against Tampa Bay, allowing two goals on 39 shots against (.949 SV%). Cory Schneider is 7-1-4, posting a 2.05 GAA in his career against the Leafs.

 

William Nylander (1G-2A) and John Tavares (1G-2A) lead Toronto in scoring against the Devils. Nylander notched the game winner for the Maple Leafs in the contest. Michael Hutchinson earned the victory allowing four goals in 62:30 minutes of action. Frederik Anderson is a career 6-2-0 against the Devils allowing 15 goals posting a 1.87 GAA.

 

The Devils are 1-2-3 at Scotiabank Arena and 4-5-4 overall against the Maple Leafs since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will face-off against Toronto for the third and final time this season, March 17 at Scotiabank Arena.

 

 

 

INJURIES

 

Ben Street (I.R.) – 2 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Jan. 9

Mackenzie Blackwood (Day-to-day) – 2 games missed; Upper-body sustained Jan. 9

Kyle Palmieri (Day-to-day) – 1 game missed; Lower-body sustained Jan. 11

 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 84

 

 

 

PRIDE NIGHT

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 WORLD JUNIOR PROSPECTS

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

MILESTONES

 

*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)

-2 G to 50 NJD/NHL

-5 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)

-2 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)

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)

Jan. 12: Placed Ben Street on I.R.

-Assigned Evan Cormier to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled Cory Schneider 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)

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, Cory Schneider, P.K. Subban, Sami Vatanen

 

 

 

 

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