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11/11 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Panthers

New Jersey Devils (9-4-2) vs. Florida Panthers (4-8-2) 7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: NOV. 9 - NEW JERSEY 2 vs. EDMONTON 3 (OT)

The Devils lost in overtime, 3-2 OT, and completed their two-game, season-series with the Oilers with a 0-1-1 (1PT) record. New Jersey is win-less in a season-high, four straight games, 0-2-2, from Nov. 3-9. The club is searching for its first win on their week-long, three-game, home-stand (0-1-1).

 

The Devils were 0-4 on the power play and 2-2 while shorthanded. New Jersey has failed to score on the man-advantage in five straight games (0-11).  
Forward Brian Boyle scored his first goal as a Devil, in his fifth game since returning to the lineup after being diagnosed

with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia during Devils' training camp. On the Boyle said, "I've never cried after a goal before...I'm not playing tonight and I'm not here if not for my wife and my family and these guys in here. I try to separate it, but it's a little bit bigger tonight than probably ever." He was the awarded as the First Star of the Game.
Cory Schneider stopped 29 of 32 shots in his 11th game of the season and fell to 6-3-1. 

TONIGHT'S GAME VS. FLORIDA

Tonight, the Devils seek to win their first game in this week-long, three-game home-stand. (0-1-1). New Jersey is currently in a season-high, four-game, win-less streak (Nov. 3-9; 0-2-2). The contest is also the front-end of the club's fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are currently 2-1-0 in first games and is 2-1-0 in second matches played on consecutive games.

It is the first of three meetings between New Jersey and Florida this season (also, Nov. 27 @ NJD, Mar. 1 @ FLA). In 2016-17, the Devils were win-less, 0-1-2, against the Panthers for the first time since Florida entered the league in the 1993-94 season. Despite the season-series sweep, New Jersey owns a 30-12-4 record when facing the Panthers on home-ice since 1993-94 (58-28-12 overall).

The Devils are a perfect 5-0-0 against the Atlantic Division (2-0-0 at home).  

Forward Jimmy Hayes, skated for Florida from 2013-15 over two seasons and scored 30G-23A-53PTS in 125GP. 

INJURIES

Travis Zajac (IR, torn left-pectoral muscle, 15 games missed) is out 4-6 months at time of surgery, August 17, 2017.
Michael McLeod (IR, torn meniscus in left knee, 15 games missed) suffered Sept. 25, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 12. Out 4-6 weeks at time of surgery
Marcus Johansson (IR, retro to Nov. 1, concussion, four games missed) suffered Nov. 1, is out.
Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 58

UPCOMING MILESTONES
GREENE - 1PT for 200 in NHL/DEVILS
HALL - 2PTS for 400 in NHL.
JOHANSSON - 5PTS for 300 in NHL. I.R.
BOYLE - 6G for 100 in NHL.

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