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11/16 Pregame Notes: Devils at Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils (11-4-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0) 7PM • Air Canada Centre • MSG • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi /


The Devils began their four-game, road-trip on Sunday with a 7-5 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. New Jersey climbed-back after trailing 4-1 at one point during the first period, and responded by scoring five unanswered goals to improve to 6-1-1 (11-4-2 overall).

It was the first time since Apr. 18, 2006 at MTL that the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game in regulation. It also marked the first time the Devils scored seven goals on the road since Nov. 23, 2008 at TBL (7-3 W). *credit Elias Sports Bureau

The Devils and Blackhawks combined for six goals in the first period, marking the seventh time this season that one period featured at least six combined goals. *credit Elias Sports Bureau. Only one of the 12 total goals that night was scored during the third period; a New Jersey PPG by Miles Wood, his third of the evening.

Wood recorded the first hat-trick of his NHL career and added an assist for his first career four-point game. It was the first Devils' hat trick since Travis Zajac scored three goals on Dec. 1, 2016. (3-4 OT at CHI). Wood also led NJ with a career-high seven shots.

Taylor Hall notched the 400th point of his NHL career, his sixth goal of the season, during the second period. Hall also an assist on Wood's first goal for his fifth multi-point game of the campaign.

Devils' captain Andy Greene recorded his 200th point of his NHL career/as a Devil, on his second period tally. Greene also registered an assist on Hall's goal, for his two-point game of 2017-18.

Nico Hischier had a goal and two assists for the second three-point game of this season. It was Hischier's first goal and three-point night since Oct. 19 at OTT (2G-1A). Brian Gibbons scored the game-winner and team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second period.

Keith Kinkaid stopped a season-high, 39 of 44 shots (.886 save%), to improve to 4-1-1 this season.


Tonight marks the second of three games this season between the Devils and Maple Leafs. New Jersey defeated Toronto on Oct. 11, 6-3, at Air Canada Centre. The clubs face-off for their season-series finale on Apr. 5 at Prudential Center.

Brian Gibbons scored a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal (GWG); the first ever 3-on-5 goal in team history. The Devils were out-shot, 31-50, but Cory Schneider stopped a career-high 47 shots(tie, Nov. 29, 2011: VAN 4 vs. CBJ 1) and is 7-1-3 with a 2.16 GAA and .927 save-percentage in 11 career-games vs. TOR.

Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each had two goals. It was Zacha's first two-goal game of his NHL career. Adam Henrique had two assists, with his first coming on Gibbons' SHG. Will Butcher also had two helpers on the evening.

The Devils are a perfect 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 road) vs. Atlantic Division competition in 2017-18. The Leafs hold the third-most, home-points in the NHL (tie, VGK/STL) with 14), while New Jersey has the second-most, road-points (tie, STL/CBJ) with 13.

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