New Jersey Devils (26-28-12) vs. St. Louis Blues (40-17-10)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / ATTSN-RM • Devils Hockey Network
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LAST GAME @ VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Devils fell to the Golden Knights, 3-0, in the second and final contest of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey concludes the season series against Vegas, 0-2-0.
The club concludes their five game road trip (Feb. 25-Mar. 3), finishing 2-1-2 (6PTS).
New Jersey falls to 7-5-3 (3-3-2 road) against Pacific Division opponents this season. The Devils were 1-1 on the penalty kill (3-4 season series) and 0-3 (0-5 season series) on the power play. The Golden Knights outshot the Devils 32-26 (69-56 Vegas, season series). New Jersey was 26-59 (44%) in face-offs tonight. The Devils are 1-2-0 at T-Mobil Arena and 2-4-0 overall against the Golden Knights since the 2017-18 season.
Mackenzie Blackwood got the start for his 42nd of the season. Blackwood stopped 29 of 32 shots faced (.906), and falls to 21-13-8 on the season. The regulation loss marks Blackwoods’ first since Jan. 9 @ NYR.
Robin Lehner earned his first shutout in a Golden Knights uniform and his first of his 2019-20 campaign stopping all 26 shots faced.
Max Pacioretty notched the game winner, 0:45 into the second frame, assisted William Karlsson. Karlsson tallied his 100th career goal, 0:37 into the final frame.
TONIGHT’S GAME vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Today’s contest marks the second and final contest between New Jersey and St. Louis in the 2019-20 regular season series. The Devils fell to the Blues in the first contest on Feb. 18 @ Enterprise Center, to fall to 0-1-0 in the regular season series.
In the first tilt, the Devils fell to the Blues, 3-0, marking the seventh the club has failed to dent the net in 60 minutes of action. New Jersey was 3-3 on the penalty kill and 0-3 on the power play in the mid-February contest. The Blues outshot the Devils, 39-17, marking the lowest recorded shots in a single game for New Jersey this season. The club looks to improve their 2-6-4 record (0-2-4 home) against Central Division opponents.
New Jersey opens up their 14th of 16 sets of back-to-back play tonight. The club looks to improve their 3-6-4 record in first games before heading to The Garden to face-off against the Rangers (6-6-1 second games).
Damon Severson led the Devils in TOI, skating in 27:22 recording one shot on goal. Pavel Zacha won 10 of 15 draws in the face-off circle (67%). Cory Schneider is a career 3-6-2 against St. Louis posting a 2.19 GAA in 12 games played. In Schneider’s last appearance against the Blues, the net-minder allowed three goals on 27 shots against (.889) in the March 30, 2019 overtime loss @ Prudential Center. Mackenzie Blackwood has yet to matchup against St. Louis in his career.
Ivan Barbashev lead his Blues squad tallying two goals in 14:07 TOI. Jaden Schwartz notched St. Louis’s third goal of the contest. Carl Guunarsson, Sammy Blais and Oskar Sundqvist all tallied helpers in the contest.
Jordan Binnington posted his first career shutout against the Devils in the February tilt. Binnington stopped all 17 shots against, improving to 2-0-0 against New Jersey. Jake Allen looks to improve his perfect 7-0-0 record against New Jersey in seven appearances.
The Devils are 0-3-1 at Prudential Center and 0-7-2 overall against the Blues since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey’s last victory against St. Louis was Jan. 21, 2014 @ Prudential Center.
Will Butcher (Out) – 7 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Feb. 18
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 121
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.
*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
*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)
*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
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 Anderson, Dakota 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 Kuokkanen, Fredrik 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)
HOW THEY WERE BUILT
In the System:
Joey Anderson (2016, 3rd round, 73rd overall)
Jesper Boqvist (2017, 2nd round, 36th 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 Butcher, Kevin Rooney, Dakota Mermis
Trade: Connor Carrick, Fredrik Claesson, Nikita Gusev, John Hayden, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider, P.K. Subban