LAST GAME: OCT. 28 - NEW JERSEY 4 vs. ARIZONA 3
New Jersey swept their third of 16 sets of back-to-back games, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 5-4 SO, on Fri. Oct. 27 and the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, the following evening. The two wins gave the Devils their first home winning-streak of the season.
After 10 games, New Jersey is 8-2-0 (4-2-0 home / 4-0-0 road). Their .800 winning percentage is ranked third-best in the NHL (tie; VGK) (*as of Oct. 31.) The club was 4-3-3 after their first 10 games in 2016-17.
The Devils power play units were perfect, scoring on both of their two opportunities (Taylor Hall & Jesper Bratt-GWG). New Jersey's power play is ranked fifth-best (27.5%) in the NHL (*as of Oct. 31).
Hall scored two goals (1EV/1PP) and recorded one assist for his second game with three or more points (Oct. 19 at OTT, 4A-4PTS). He leads the team with 13PTS (3G-10A) and has 8PTS (2G-6A) over his last four games.
Bratt notched the game-winner on the power play with 4:23 remaining in regulation. After a five-game, goal-less drought from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, he has four points (1G-3A) over the past two games.
Brian Gibbons was successful on a shorthanded penalty shot at 11:55 of the first period. The last time a Devil scored at Prudential Center on a penalty shot was January 22, 2013 (I. Kovalchuk vs. I. Bryzgalov; NJ 3 vs. PHI 0)
Adam Henrique had one assist and has two points, one goal and one assist, over his last two games. Will Butcher tallied his 11th assist of the season, his seventh on the PP, on Bratt's game-winner.
That same afternoon, it was announced that New Jersey traded goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Arizona's fifth-round selection (previously acquired in the Michael Stone trade with CGY) in the 2018 NHL Draft. The former Devils' goalie dressed that night as the Yotes' backup netminder.
Cory Schneider was activated off injured reserve after missing two games (lower body injury/birth of daughter). He stopped 34 of 37 shots for his fifth win of the season. Andy Greene (personal) missed the game because of the birth of his son, Maddox David Greene.
Marcus Johansson (lower body, suffered in pregame warmup) missed his first game since the 2015-16 season (114 games). Kyle Palmieri also missed the game with a lower-body injury.
TONIGHT'S GAME: DEVILS AT VANCOUVER
New Jersey begins its first of a three-game western Canadian road trip tonight (also, 11/3 at EDM & 11/5 at CGY). Eight of the Devils' next 10 games are against Western Conference teams. The club is 2-1-0 against the Western Conference and is 1-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division in 2017-18.
The Devils are 4-0-0 on the road this season. The Devils are the only team in the NHL without a regulation or OT/SO loss on the road.
In 2016-17, New Jersey swept the Canucks in their season-series, 2-0-0 (Dec. 6 in NJ, 3-2W / Jan. 15 @ VAN, 2-1 OT). The club has won each of their last two games in Vancouver and is 5-1-0 overall since the 2014-15 season.
Taylor Hall scored an OT winner on Jan. 15, 2017 at Rogers Arena and has seven points (3G-4A) over his last seven games vs. Vancouver. Former Canucks' goaltender Cory Schneider is 4-1-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .929 save% since being traded to New Jersey at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Goaltending Coach Roland Melanson joined the Devils' coaching staff after spending the last six seasons (2010-2017) with the Canucks' organization.