LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 6 at BUFFALO 2
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-2, to improve to 2-0-0 on the 2017-18 season. It was their first road game and first contest against an Eastern Conference opponent. New Jersey is 6-0-0 at KeyBank Center since the 2013-14 season. The Devils jumped out to a 2-0-0 start for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when they started 3-0-0.
Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson led the way for New Jersey as they each had two goals and one assist.
Bratt became the first player in franchise history and one of five NHL players in the past 17 seasons to record five points (3g-2a) through the first two games of his NHL career. *credit NHL PR
Four players recorded their first points as Devils including Johansson, Nico Hischier (1a), Brian Gibbons (1g-1a) and Mirco Mueller (1a).
In addition to Bratt, Taylor Hall (3a) and Adam Henrique (1g-1a) extended their point streak to two games. Cory Schneider secured his second win of the year stopping 23 of 25 shots against.
Andy Greene (1a) and Stefan Noesen (1g) also found their way on to the score sheet with their first points of the season.
Tonight is the first match-up between the Devils and Maple Leafs in 2017-18 and the club's second game against an Atlantic Division opponent. Both clubs are undefeated on the season and are in the top-three in the league in goals-per-game.
Last season, New Jersey was 1-2-0 against Toronto and lost, 4-2, in their only game at Air Canada Centre. The club is 1-1-4 in Toronto since the 2013-14 season.
Marcus Johansson had three points (1g-2a) against TOR in 2016-17 and has four points (2g-2a) over his last five games vs. the Maple Leafs.
Cory Schneider is 6-1-3 in his career vs. the Maple Leafs with a .925 save%.
The clubs face-off two more times this season; Nov. 16 at Prudential Center & Apr. 5 at Air Canada Centre.
Travis Zajac (torn left pectoral muscle, 2 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
Brian Boyle (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, 2 games missed)announced Sept. 19, is skating on own.
Michael McLeod (lower body, 2 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, is skating on own.
Kyle Palmieri (lower body, 1 game missed) suffered Oct. 7n is game-time decision.
Drew Stafford (lower body, 1 game missed) suffered Oct. 7, is day-to-day.
BE LIKE BRATT
Rookie forward Jesper Bratt, who was a sixth round draft choice in 2016, set a new franchise record for most points with five (3g-2a) in first two games of his NHL career. In addition to being only one of five NHL players in the last 17 seasons to record 5 points in his first two games, he also leads the Devils with two shorthanded points (1g-1a).
Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)
"NEW" NEW JERSEY DEVILS LEADING
The Devils have seven new players on their roster to start the 2017-18 season and all seven have recorded at least one point in the Devils first two games. Those players include Jesper Bratt (3g-2a), Marcus Johansson (2g-1a), Will Butcher (3a), Brian Gibbons (1g-1a), Nico Hischier (1a), Jimmy Hayes (1g) and Mirco Mueller (1a).