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11/20 Pregame Notes: Devils at Wild

New Jersey Devils (11-5-3) at Minnesota Wild (9-8-2) 8PM ET• Excel Energy Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: NOV. 18 - NEW JERSEY 2 at Winnipeg 5

The Devils lost to the Winnipeg Jets and are now 11-5-3 overall and 6-2-2 on the road. The club is 1-1-1 on their current four-game road trip and New Jersey gave up a season-high five goals against in the second period (previously 4 goals in the 1st per., Nov. 12 at CHI).

New Jersey is 1-4-0 at Bell MTS Place since 2013-14 and are 16-10-4 all-time on the road vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise. The two clubs will close out their regular season series on March 8 at Prudential Center.  

New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and took no penalties for the first time this season. The Devils out-shot the Jets, 36-34 and are now 2-1-2 in games where they out-shoot their opponent. 

Brian Gibbons scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 6:52 of the first period, while Blake Coleman and Will Butcher had the assists. Butcher also scored the first goal of his career/as a Devil and leads all rookies in assists (tie, M. Barzal - NYI) with 14. Butcher recorded the fourth multi-point game of his career. 

Nico Hischier had the primary assist on Butcher's goal, his 12th of the season, and led the team with seven shots. Hischier's seven shots on net was a career-high, and tied a season-high (seven other occurrences) for the Devils. Taylor Hall had an assist and his team-leading 20th point to become the first Devils' player to reach the 20 point-mark in 2017-18. 

Cory Schneider stopped 17 of 22 shots and fell to 7-4-2. Schneider is now 3-5-1 in his career against the Jets. Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider at the start of the third period, and stopped all 12 shots he faced. It was the second time this season Kinkaid relieved Schneider mid-game. 

Damon Severson led New Jersey with 21:46 TOI, while Steven Santini had a game-high five hits. Travis Zajac won 73% (11-4) of face-offs he took. 

TONIGHT AT Minnesota 

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Devils and Wild. New Jersey was 2-0-0 against the Wild in 2016-17.

The Devils are 2-2-0 vs. the Central Division and are 4-4-2 against the Western Conference. New Jersey is 4-1-0 in its last five games against Minnesota and are 5-4-1 all-time on the road vs. the Wild. The Devils last loss against the Wild came on Mar. 10, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center.

Adam Henrique has 8 points (4g-4a) in eight career games vs. Minnesota, while Taylor Hall has two points (1g-1a) in two career games against the Wild with the Devils. 

Kyle Quincey, who appeared in 53 games for the Devils last season, is in his first campaign with the Wild. 

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