LAST GAME: NOV. 22 - NEW JERSEY 3 VS. VANCOUVER 2
New Jersey swept their season series with Vancouver (2-0-0) and improved to 13-5-4 overall and 6-3-2 at home. With the win, the Devils are now 7-1-0 (4-0-0 at Prudential Center) against the Canucks since the 2014-15 season.
The Devils opened the first half of their 5th of 16 back-to-back contests and are now 4-1-0 in first games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 3-2-2 (2-1-1 at home) against the Pacific Division and are 6-4-2 (3-2-1 at home) vs. the Western Conference.
New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play and 2-3 while shorthanded. The club is 4-16 (25.0%) in their last six games on the man-advantage. The Devils out-shot the Canucks, 26-25. New Jersey is 3-1-3 when they out-shoot their opponent.
Brian Boyle scored his second goal of the season on the power play at 10:17 of the second period and has two power play points (1G-1A) over his last two games. Boyle took the ceremonial face-off as part of the Devils Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The puck was dropped by Boyle's wife Lauren, his two children and a youth patient from the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Taylor Hall led the Devils with three points (1G-2A) and recorded his sixth multi-point game of the season. Damon Severson had the game-winning goal, his third of the season and the second game-winning goal of his career and currently has a two-game point streak (1G-1A). Will Butcher and Nico Hischier each had an assist in the Devils victory.
Cory Schneider stopped 23 of 25 shots (.920 save%) to improve to 9-4-3 this season and 6-1-2 in his career against his former team.
TONIGHT'S GAME AT DETROIT
The Devils will close out their 5th of 16 back-to-back sets (3-1-0 in second games of back-to-backs) when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for the first time in team history. New Jersey was 1-1-1 (1-1-0 road) against Detroit in 2016-17 and 13-20-2 at Joe Louis Arena dating back to the 1982-83 season. The Devils played the final game at Joe Louis Arena on April 9 and fell to the Red Wings 4-1. John Moore had New Jersey's lone goal in the defeat and had three points (2G-1A) in three games vs. the Red Wings last season.
New Jersey is 6-0-2 (3-0-1 road) against the Atlantic Division and 7-1-2 (4-0-1 road) vs. Eastern Conference Opponents.
Cory Schneider started all three games against the Red Wings last season, posting 3.97 GAA and .878 save%. Keith Kinkaid's only appearance against Detroit came on Nov. 7, 2014 in relief of Schneider, where he stopped all seven shots he faced in just under 17 minutes of action.
Drew Stafford leads the Devils in career points against the Red Wings with 13 (4G-9A) in 18 GP.