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10/28 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Coyotes

New Jersey Devils (7-2-0) vs. Arizona Coyotes (0-9-1) 7 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 vs. OTTAWA 4 (SO)

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Ottawa Senators, in front of 13,763 fans, to take a commanding 2-0-0 season-series lead. The club defeated the Sens at Canadian Tire Centre in their first meeting on Oct. 19., 5-4 (OT). The two clubs will meet for their third and final matchup in 2017-18 on Feb. 6 at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Devils have scored five or more goals in five of their nine games this season. They are rank seventh (tie, PHI/PIT/VGK) with 34 total goals.

It was New Jersey's second shootout victory of the season (2-0-0). The Devils also defeated Tampa Bay, 5-4 SO, on Oct. 17.

The Devils were 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play and were 2-2 (100%) while shorthanded. The club is ranked 8TH in the league with a 23.7 power play %.

It was the first have half of NJ's third set of 16 back-to-back games this season (2-1-0 in first / 1-1-0 second). It is the only set that New Jersey will play at home on consecutive nights during 2017-18.

Keith Kinkaid started his second consecutive game and stopped 23 of 27 shots (+ 3 of 4 SO). He is 3-1-0 with a .910 save-percentage this season.

Jesper Bratt scored the game-deciding goal on the first shootout attempt of his NHL career. 

Brian Gibbons notched his fourth goal of the year in the second period and leads the Devils with a plus-7 rating.

Jimmy Hayes recorded his first multi-point game (1G-1A) as a Devil and was named the games' first star.
Will Butcher had one assist on on Adam Henrique's power play tally. He is tied for second (S. Stamkos & N. Backstrom) among all NHL players with six power play assists.

Blueliner Damon Severson notched his first goal of the season. It was his first goal since, Nov. 15, 2016 vs. TB (73 games).

Kyle Palmieri missed the game with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Devils face-off against Arizona for the first of two meetings this season. The clubs will play for the final time in the regular season on Dec. 2 at Gila River Arena. In 2016-17, the Devils were 1-1-0 vs. the Yotes.  

New Jersey is 0-1-0 against the Pacific Division thus far and is 1-1-0 vs. the Western Conference. The club is seeking its first home winning streak at Prudential Center tonight. 

Taylor Hall (2G-2A) and Damon Severson (4A) notched four points each against Arizona last season.  

This summer, former Devil/MSG Networks broadcaster John MacLean was hired by Arizona as an assistant coach. As a Devil, MacLean scored 347G-354A-701PTS and won the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship with the team.

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