Tonight is the first match-up between the Devils and Capitals in 2017-18 and New Jersey's first game against a Metropolitan Division opponent. In 2016-17, the Devils were 11-16-3 at home vs. Metropolitan competition and 1-3-0 against. It is also Marcus Johansson's first time facing his former team, where he played in 501 games over seven seasons. As a member of the Capitals, Johansson had 4G-4A-8PTS against New Jersey in 25 career games.
The Devils have not defeated the Capitals at Prudential Center since the 2013-14 season, (Apr. 4, 2015, 2-1 W).
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 6 at TORONTO 3
The Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 to start the season 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The Devils have scored 16 goals in their first three games, which is the most to start a season since the club scored 17 at the start of the 1991-92 season.
New Jersey was 1-5 on the power play tonight and are 4-13 (30.7%) on the PP over the last three games. Brian Gibbons scored a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal which was the first ever 3-on-5 goal in Devils' history. He has three points (2g-1a) over his last three games. New Jersey has now scored a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games.
The Devils were out-shot 31-50. Cory Schneider stopped 47 shots (.940 save %) and has a .948 save % to start the season.
Miles Wood opened the scoring for the Devils deflecting a Steven Santini shot at 9:07 of the first period. Wood gave the Devils the lead 1:38 later with his second goal of the night.
Pavel Zacha also had two goals for his first multi-goal game and fourth multi-point game of his career.
Adam Henrique had two assists, with his first coming on Gibbons' shorthanded goal. Henrique has two shorthanded assists in two games and four points (1g-3a) in three games this season.
Jesper Bratt continued his three-game point streak with an assist on Zacha's power play goal. Bratt has six points (3g-3a) in his first three career games.
Will Butcher added two assists, to bring his season-total to five.
Blake Coleman scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career.
THE KID'S A 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 leads New Jersey with 3G-3A-6PTS.
Radim Vrbata (2001-02), Brent Seabrook (2005-06), Anze Kopitar (2006-07), Vladimir Tarasenko (2012-13)
GETTING GIBBY WITH IT
On Oct. 11 at Toronto, Brian Gibbons scored the first three-on-five shorthanded goal in franchise history. He has two 2G-1A-3PTS over his first three games as a Devil.
"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).