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11/22 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Bruins

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

by James Stolfi /


The Devils concluded their four-game, road-trip, 2-1-1, with a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota. New Jersey is 7-2-2 on the road this season (5-3-1 home). They have won their last five games vs. the Wild and are 6-4-1 on the road at Xcel Energy Center since the Wild's inaugural season in 2000-01. The Devils most-recent defeat was on Mar. 10, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center. With the win, New Jersey is 3-2-0 (2-1-0 road) vs. the Central Division and is 5-4-2 overall against the Western Conference.

The Devils were out-shot by the Wild, 36-25, and had just three shots on net in the first period to tie their season-low (Oct. 14 at NYR, 1st). New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and 2-4 while shorthanded. The club is 2-10 (20%) over their last four games with the man-advantage.

John Moore scored the game-winning-goal 52 seconds into overtime and has both of the Devils' overtime goals this season. Moore's six OT tallies are the most by any NHL defenseman since 3-on-3 overtime was implemented in 2015-16.

Adam Henrique had one goal and two assists for his first three-point night and second multi-point game of the season. Henrique now has 11 points (5g-6a) in nine career games against the Wild.

Will Butcher registered the second goal of his career and has three points (2G-1A) in his past two games, while Taylor Hall notched his team-leading 15th assist and his second point in as many games.

Steven Santini scored his first goal of the season and his first in 45 games (Jan. 20 vs. MTL). Santini also led the Devils with four blocked shots and three hits.

Brian Gibbons had the primary assist on Henrique's goal and has two points (1G-1A) over his last two games played. Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy also chipped in with assists.

Cory Schneider made his 15th start of the season and stopped 33 of 36 shots (.917 save%) to improved to 8-4-2.


Tonight is the first of three regular-season contests between the Devils and Bruins (also: Jan. 23 at BOS./Feb. 11 at NJD). New Jersey was 1-2-0 against Boston in 2016-17. Their one win vs. Boston last season was also the only contest of the three that was played at Prudential Center, Jan. 2, 2017 (3-0 W). In the Devils lone victory, Cory Schneider turned away all 22 Bruins' shots for the shutout. The Marblehead, MA native is 2-5-2 in his career vs. the B's with a 2.44 GAA and a .928 save%.

The Devils are 3-2-1 at Prudential Center and are 4-6-2 overall against the Bruins since 2013-14.

The club remains undefeated, 6-0-1 (3-0-0 at Home), against the Atlantic Division and are 7-1-1 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Travis Zajac leads the Devils with 14 points (7G-7A) in 34 career games against the Bruins. Additionally, Taylor Hall has three points (1G-2A) in three games against the Bruins as a Devil.

Dorchester native, Jimmy Hayes spent two seasons (2015-17) with his hometown Bruins, and had 34 points (15g-19a) and 89 PIM in 133 GP.

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