LAST GAME: NOV. 22 - NEW JERSEY 2 vs. BOSTON 3 (SO)
New Jersey lost its first of three meetings, 2-3 SO, against the Boston Bruins this season (Jan 23 at BOS./Feb. 3 at NJD). The game ended in dramatic fashion after Brian Gibbons, who leads New Jersey with ten goals, tied the game with just 4:44 remaining in regulation to send the clubs to overtime. After a franchise record, eleven-round shootout, Bruins' defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, notched the game-deciding goal to end the night. It was the Devils' first shootout loss at Prudential Center in 2017-18; 2-2 overall.
Despite the shootout loss, New Jersey is undefeated in regulation vs. Atlantic Division opponents (6-0-2 overall / 3-0-1 at home) and is 7-1-2 overall against the Eastern Conference. The club was 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play and denied all four of the Bruins' man-advantage opportunities.
The Devils out-shot the Bruins, 42-29, which included 15 shots in both the first and second frames. New Jersey has a 2-1-3 record when out-shooting their opponent.
At 17:10 of the first period, Jesper Bratt scored New Jersey's first goal of the evening on the power play. The Bruins requested a Coach's Challenge to review if Brian Boyle interfered with Boston netminder, Anton Khudobin, before the goal. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred. Boyle was credited with the assist on the marker.
Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 20, before the game. He suffered the injury after blocking a shot during Monday's game at Minnesota. Palmieri is expected to miss the next four to six weeks, while continuing off-ice workouts under the evaluation of medical staff.
Cory Schneider stopped 27 of 29 shots (plus 9 of 11 in the shootout) to fell to 8-4-3 this season.
TONIGHT'S GAME VS. VANCOUVER
Tonight the Devils face-off against the Canucks for the second and final time in the 2017-18 season. New Jersey won the first meeting, 2-0, on Nov. 1 at Rogers Arena and is 6-1-0 overall (3-0-0 at Prudential Center) against Vancouver since the 2014-15 season.
Cory Schneider posted his first shutout of 2017-18 after stopping all 37 Canucks' shots on Nov. 1. He has posted a 5-1-2 record with a 1.73 GAA and .940 save% against his former team, as a Devil, since being traded to New Jersey at the 2013 NHL Draft. Keith Kinkaid has only faced Vancouver once in his career (Nov. 8, 2015; 4-3 OT, 28 saves; 1-0-0).
Taylor Hall had two assists (2PTS) in their first meeting, and leads the Devils in career-scoring vs. Vancouver with 31 points (9G-22A) in 32 games. Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winner while Drew Stafford sealed the game with a empty-net goal.
The Devils are 2-2-2 (1-1-1 home) against the Pacific Division and are 5-4-2 (2-2-1 home) vs. the Western Conference. Tonight is the first half of New Jersey's fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back contests. New Jersey will play Detroit at Little Caesars Arena tomorrow night (7PM). The Devils are 3-1-0 in first games of back-to-backs (also, 3-1-0 in second).