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11/3 Pregame Notes: Devils at Oilers

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by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: Nov. 1 - NEW JERSEY 2 at Vancouver 0

The Devils kicked off their three-game western Canada road trip by defeating the Vancouver Canucks to improve to 9-2-0 overall and 5-0-0 on the road. With nine wins in their first 11 games the Devils are off to their best start in franchise history. New Jersey started 8-3-0 in the 1993-94 and 2002-03 seasons. The club remains the only team in the NHL to earn all possible points on the road.

The Devils are now 6-1-0 against Vancouver overall since the 2014-15 season. New Jersey is 2-1-0 against the Pacific Division this season and 3-1-0 against the Western Conference.

The club was 0-1 on the power play and 4-4 while shorthanded. It was only the fourth time this season the Devils failed to score on the man-advantage.

Brian Boyle made his season/Devils debut (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) after missing the team's first 10 games. Boyle had 15:19 TOI and 2 blocked shots in his debut.

Cory Schneider stopped all 37 shots that he faced and earned his first shutout of the season and the 24th of his career. He improved to 6-1-0 and recorded his first shutout against his former team.

Jimmy Hayes and Drew Stafford (EN) each scored. It was Hayes' third goal of the season and his second game-winner (Oct. 7, vs. COL).

Taylor Hall assisted both Devils goals, recording his fourth multi-point game of the season. Hall now has eleven points (2g-9a) in his last six games played.

Andy Greene and Steven Santini were tied for the team lead with 24:06 TOI. Greene also led the team with 4 blocked shots, while Santini had 5 hits.

Marcus Johansson (upper body) did not return to the game after taking only one shift. 

TONIGHT'S GAME: Nov. 3 - NEW JERSEY at Edmonton

New Jersey will play its second contest of a three-game western Canada road trip (also, 11/5 at CGY). Seven of the Devils' next 9 games are against Western Conference teams. The club is 3-1-0 against the Western Conference and is 2-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division in 2017-18.

The Devils are 5-0-0 on the road this season. The Devils are the only team in the NHL without a regulation or OT/SO loss on the road. 

In 2016-17, New Jersey was win-less against the Oilers (0-0-2) (Jan. 7 in NJ, 1-2 OT / Jan. 12 @ EDM, 2-3 OT). The Devils last win in Edmonton was during the 2014-15 season (Nov. 21, 2014, 2-0).

Steven Santini and Travis Zajac led the team in scoring with a goal and an assist each in two games against the Oilers last year. Taylor Hall had one assist in his first trip back to Edmonton (Jan. 12, 2017) after being traded to the Devils from the Oilers on June 30, 2016.

Cory Schneider made both starts against the Oilers stopping 72 of 77 shots against (.935 save%). 

Schneider is 7-3-2 in his career against Edmonton with a 1.72 GAA and a .935 save%. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid lost his lone start against Edmonton 5-1 (Nov. 15, 2015) stopping 22 of 26 shots that he faced.

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