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10/27 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Senators

New Jersey Devils (6-2-0) vs. Ottawa Senators (4-1-4) 7 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 vs. SAN JOSE 3

On October 20, the Devils three-game, win-streak was snapped after being shut-out for the first time this season. New Jersey has not won consecutive games at home (2-2-0). The club is .500, 2-2-0 at home and are perfect on the road thus far, 4-0-0.

The contest also closed-out New Jersey's second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season. It was the Devils' first game facing a Pacific Division opponent. In 2016-17, the club was 5-6-3 overall vs. the Pacific. New Jersey has not defeated the Sharks at Prudential Center since Feb. 11, 2011 (0-4-2, six games) and are 1-1-0 against Western Conference competition.

New Jersey was a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill, but did not convert on their five power play chances (0-5). It was just the third game this season where New Jersey did not score at least one PP goal.

Keith Kinkaid made his second start of the season (third GP). The previous night at OTT (5-4 OT), Kinkaid replaced Cory Schneider in goal to start the third period where he made nine saves and was credited with the victory.

Miles Wood led the club with six penalty minutes. Andy Greene paced New Jersey with 22:29 of ice-time, which included 6:50 minutes while shorthanded.

Nico Hischier (2G-4A-6PTS) and Drew Stafford (3G-1A-4PTS) each entered the game with three-game, point-streaks. San Jose's Martin Jones turned away all 28 shots that he faced.

Mirco Mueller faced his former club for the first time since he was traded to New Jersey by San Jose, along with a 2018 5th round choice for New Jersey's 2nd round (Mario Ferraro, SJS) and 4th round (Brandon Crawley, NYR) picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, June 17, 2017. 

Schneider, lower body, was placed on injured reserve that afternoon (retroactive to Oct. 19). Scott Wedgewood was recalled to New Jersey from Binghamton (AHL) under emergency conditions.

TONIGHT'S GAME

This is the second of three games between New Jersey and Ottawa this season. New Jersey defeated Ottawa, 5-4 OT, at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 19. Four different Devils had multiple-point games. Nico Hischier scored the first and second goals of his NHL career, just 1:51 apart, during the first period. At just 18 years, nine months, and 15 days old, he became the fourth-youngest Devil in franchise history to score a goal. Hischier also added one assist for his first career three-point game. 

Taylor Hall tied his previous career high with four assists (4pts), that evening (Apr. 3 EDM at CGY, 1G-4A).  

John Moore had 1G-1A-2PTS, including the OT game-winner. He is ranked second in franchise history among defensemen with five overtime goals (S. Niedermayer, 8). Kyle Palmieri also had 1G-1A-2PTS for his third multi-point game of the campaign.

Tonight also mark's New Jersey's third of 16 back-to-back scenarios in 2017-18. It is the first time this season that the club plays at Prudential Center in consecutive days. The club is an even 1-1-0 in both first and second games of back-to-backs. They face the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow at 7PM

The club is a perfect 4-0-0 against the Atlantic Division (1-0-0 at home). The Devils have not lost to Ottawa since Dec. 17, 2014 at Prudential Center (8 games) and are 9-1-0 overall against their Eastern Conference opponents since 2014-15 (3-1-0 at home).

Keith Kinkaid is 1-1-0 with a .949 save% against Ottawa in his career, which included his a nine save, relief performance this season when Cory Schneider did not return for the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury.

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