New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Mar. 10 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

LAST GAME @ NEW YORK RANGERS

 

The Devils defeated the Rangers, 6-4, in the fourth and final contest of the 2019-20 regular season series.  New Jersey concludes the season series against NY Rangers, 2-2-0 (4PTS).

 

The club concludes up their 14th of 16th set of back-to-back action, improving to 7-6-1 in second games this season.

 

New Jersey improves to 9-8-2 (5-7-0 road) against Metropolitan Division rivals this season.  The Devils were 3-3 on the penalty kill (13-16 season series) and 1-1 (2-18 season series) on the power play.  The Rangers outshot the Devils 35-29 (149-120 New Jersey, season series).  New Jersey was 22-52 (42%) in face-offs in the contest.  The Devils are 3-6-1 at Madison Square Garden and 10-8-2 overall against the Rangers since the 2015-16 season.

 

Kyle Palmieri picked up two tucks in the contest, marking his team leading 24th and 25th goals.  Dakota Mermis (2A), Damon Severson (1A) and Miles Wood (1A) all picked up helpers from Palmieri’s two goals.  Palmieri tallies his 23rd career multi-goal game.  Mermis notches his first career two points game while him and Severson extend their assist streak to two games.

 

Fredrik Claesson tallied his first NJD goal, and first since Dec. 8, 2018.  Claesson extends his point streak to two games (1G-1A).  Nikita Gusev notched the long helper on Claesson’s goal, marking his team leading 31st of the season.

 

Travis Zajac tallied two goals marking his 195th goal of his NHL/NJD career, passing Z. Parise for fourth place on the all-time Devils goal list.  Zajac’s first tuck was assisted by Nico Hischier and P.K. Subban.

 

John Hayden notched the Devils fifth goal and game winner of the contest, 16:44 into the second period assisted by Severson.  With his second assist, Severson tallies his sixth multi-point game this season and second against the Rangers this season (1/9 @ NYR, 1G-1A).

 

Mackenzie Blackwood got the start for his 43rd of the season.  Blackwood stopped 31 of 35 shots faced (.889), and falls to 22-13-8 on the season.

 

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Today’s contest marks the third of four between New Jersey and Pittsburgh in the 2019-20 regular season series.  The Devils and Penguins the first two contests in the regular season series, 1-1-0 (2PTS).

 

In the last matchup, the Devils fell to the Penguins, 4-1.  Through two games, Pittsburgh leads New Jersey 5-3 in scoring.  The Devils are 6-6 on the penalty kill and 1-6 on the power play in two games played.

 

The Devils are outshooting the Rangers, 120-91 in two contest.   The club looks to improve their 9-8-2 (4-1-2 home) record against Metropolitan Division rivals this season.

 

Travis Zajac (1G) leads New Jersey in goals against the Penguins, tallying one in two games played.  Nico Hischier (1A), Kyle Palmieri (1A) and Jesper Bratt (1A) lead the Devils in assists, notching one a piece.  Hischier leads his team in the face-off circle, winning 17 of 35 (49%) draws.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood has seen 102:30 minutes of action through two games played.  Blackwood is 1-1-0, posting a 2.93 GAA, allowing five goals on 75 shots in the season series.  Blackwood looks to improve his 8-4-2 record against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.  Cory Schneider is a career 3-8-1 against the Penguins, allowing 32 goals on 343 shots against (.907) in 12 games played.

 

Alex Galchenyuk (2A) and Sam Lafferty (2A) lead the Penguins in points and assists against the Devils this season, with two helpers each.  In the most recent contest, Pittsburgh had 11 different players tally one point against New Jersey in their 4-1 victory.

 

Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry split the first two contests against the Devils.  Murray allowed two goals on 21 shots against (.905) in the loss while Jarry stopped 36 of 37 (.972) in 60 minutes of action.

 

The Devils are 4-3-1 at Prudential Center and 9-8-2 overall against the Penguins since the 2015-16 season.  The club faces-off against Pittsburgh for the fourth and final time, Mar. 31 @ PPG Paints Arena.

 

INJURIES

 

Will Butcher (Out) – 9 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 18

 

Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 123

 

 

MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD NAMED EPHESUS/AHL GRADUATE OF THE MONTH

 

The American Hockey League announced that Mackenzie Blackwood of the New Jersey Devils has been selected as the Ephesus/AHL Graduate of the Month for February.

 

Blackwood was 6-0-1 in seven starts during February, posting a 1.27 goals-against average, a .967 save percentage and two shutouts for New Jersey.

 

A second-round choice by New Jersey in the 2015 NHL Draft, Blackwood played 88 games in the American Hockey League over his first three pro seasons and was an AHL All-Star with the Binghamton Devils in 2018-19. The 23-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont., has appeared in 44 games for New Jersey this season and leads all NHL rookie goaltenders in victories, posting a record of 21-12-8 with a 2.71 GAA, a .916 save percentage and three shutouts.

 

 

2nd ANNUAL KYLE PALMIERI MILITARY BALL

New Jersey Devils right wing, Kyle Palmieri, will be hosting his Second Annual Military Ball benefitting the Kyle Palmieri Foundation, February 22 at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

 

The Kyle Palmieri Foundation, founded by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri, 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.

 

The Foundation raises funds for military nonprofits so that they can expand on the important work they do for service members. Proceeds from the Military Ball will support the following three (3) military nonprofits: Service Women’s Action Network, National Military Family Association and Pets for Vets.

 

 

20th REUNION OF 2000 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS

On February 1st, the Devils played the Dallas Stars, the opponent that the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship team defeated in six games when Jason Arnott scored one of the most iconic goals in Devils history.  The players, coaches and management will be honored pre-game where the ceremony will be highlighted by a special appearance by the Stanley Cup.

 

The special guests included:  Jason Arnott, Brad Bombardir, Martin Brodeur, Steve Brule, Sergei Brylin, Vladimir Bure (fitness coach), Jacques Caron (goaltending coach), Bob Carpenter (assistant coach), Ken Daneyko, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik, Steve Kelly, Lou Lamoriello (general manager), Claude Lemieux, John Madden, Randy McKay, Sergei Nemchinov, Scott Niedermayer, Krzysztof Oliwa, Larry Robinson (head coach), Scott Stevens, Petr Sykora and Colin White.

 

 

HISCHIER IN ST. LOUIS

 

Although the Metropolitan team finished without the win, Devils fans can be pleased by the performance by Nico Hischier in his first NHL All-Star appearance.

 

The Devils representative at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game scored two goals in Metro’s 9-5 loss to Atlantic. He also registered an assist.

 

His first goal tied the game at 2-2 at 3:38 of the opening period. It was an impressive solo effort from Hischier, who possessed the puck for a long time in the offensive zone before cutting to the net and scoring.

 

His second goal made it 5-4 for Metro at 2:50 into the second, as he finished off a nice pass from Philadelphia’s Travis Konecny out in front.

 

Hischier’s helper came on Seth Jones’ goal at 6:04 of the first. The Brig, SWI native tied Konecny for the Metro’s lead in points with three and led the team in goals with two.

 

MILESTONES

 

*Mackenzie Blackwood – 1st NJD/NHL point (Feb. 6 @ PHI; 1A)

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

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

-5 PTS to 100 NJD/NHL

*Fredrik Claesson – 1st NJD goal (Mar. 7 @ NYR)

*Nikita Gusev – 1st NHL/NJD goal (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*John Hayden – 1st NJD point (1A; Nov. 23 vs. DET)

-1st NJD goal (Dec. 23 @ CHI)

*Nico Hischier – 100th NHL/NJD career points (Oct. 5 @ BUF; 1A)

-200th NJD/NHL (Feb. 20 vs. SJS)

*Jack Hughes – 1st NHL/NJD point (Oct. 17 vs. NYR; 1A)

-1st NHL/NJD goal (Oct. 19 vs. VAN)

*Nick Merkley – 1st NHL/NJD point (Feb. 14 @ CAR; 1A)

-1st NHL/NJD goal (Feb. 16 vs. CBJ)

*Dakota Mermis – 1st NHL/NJD point (Feb. 25 @ DET; 1A)

-1st NHL/NJD goal (Mar. 6 vs. STL)

*Kyle Palmieri  500th NHL GP (Oct. 10 vs. EDM)

100th NJD assist (Nov. 1 vs. PHI)

-300th NHL point (Oct. 30 vs. TB; 3G)

-50th NHL PPG (Oct. 30 vs. TB)

-150th NHL assists (Nov. 28 @ MTL)

*Cory Schneider – 300th NJD start (Feb. 27 @ SJS)

*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)

-700th NHL GP (Feb. 13 vs. DET)

*Miles Wood – 200th NHL/NJD GP (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*Pavel Zacha – 100th NHL/NJD point (Feb. 13 vs. DET; 2A)

*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)

-1 G to tie Zach Parise four fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list

 

 

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Feb. 16: Traded Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for NYI 2021 NHL Draft second-round pick and David Quenneville

-Traded Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Nolan Foote and VAN first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft

Feb. 20: Recalled Cory Schneider and Dakota Mermis from Binghamton (AHL)

-Placed Louis Domingue on waivers (cleared waivers, to Binghamton (AHL))

Feb. 23: Signed Julian Melchiori to a NHL contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

-Placed on Waivers

Feb. 24: Assigned Nick Merkley to Binghamton (AHL)

Julian Melchiori cleared waivers, loaned to Binghamton (AHL)

-Traded Wayne Simmonds to Buffalo in exchange for Buffalo’s conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

-Loaned Joey AndersonDakota Mermis and Colton White to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled Joey Anderson and Dakota Mermis and Michael McLeod from Binghamton (AHL)

-Acquried Zane McIntyre from Vancouver in exchange for Louis Domingue.

-Traded Sami Vatanen to Carolina in exchange for Janne KuokkanenFredrik Claesson and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Feb. 25: Recalled Fredrik Claesson from Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 27: Recalled Josh Jacobs from Binghamton (AHL)

Feb. 29: Recalled Jesper Boqvist from Binghamton (AHL)

Mar. 6: Assigned Jesper Boqvist and Josh Jacobs to Binghamton (AHL)

Mar. 7: Recalled Janne Kuokkanen from Binghamton (AHL)

 

 

HOW THEY WERE BUILT

 

In the System: 

Joey Anderson (2016, 3rd round, 73rd overall)

Mackenzie Blackwood (2015, 2nd round, 42nd overall)

Jesper Bratt (2016, 6th round, 162nd 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)

Miles Wood (2013, 4th round, 100th overall)

Pavel Zacha (2015, 1st round, 6th overall)

Travis Zajac (2004, 1st round, 20th overall)

 

Free Agency:  Will ButcherKevin RooneyDakota Mermis

 

Trade: Connor CarrickFredrik ClaessonNikita GusevJohn Hayden, Janne Kuokkanen Mirco MuellerKyle PalmieriCory Schneider, P.K. Subban

 

 

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