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3/1 Pregame Notes: Devils at Panthers

New Jersey Devils (33-22-8) at Florida Panthers (22-25-6) 7:30PM • BB&T Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME - FEB 27: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 @ PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2

The Devils won the first of their three-game, road-trip by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at PPG Paints Arena. 

The victory snapped Pittsburgh's 11-game, winning-streak on home-ice, which is the longest home-win streak in the NHL this season. The Devils finished their February schedule with an 8-6-0=16PTS record, matching their points-total from Oct., 8-2-0=16PTS, and Nov., 6-4-4=16PTS.

Taylor Hall continued his points-streak, scoring one goal and one assist (2PTS) for his 20th multiple-point game of 2017-18. The goal was his 27th of the season tying his career-high, which he accomplished as an Edmonton Oiler during the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons.

Hall's consecutive point-streak now stands at 15 games from Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 10G-10A-20PTS. It is the longest in the NHL this season and he has tied the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06). Hall has recorded at least one point in 22 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL, 15G-17-32PTS.

According to NHL PR, Hall is just the fifth player in the last 25 years to record at least one point in 22 or more straight appearances, since the 1992-93 season.

Mats Sundin (Quebec , 1992-93; 30GP), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2015-16; 26GP), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2010-11; 25GP), and Dany Heatley (Ottawa, 2005-06, 25GP).

Stefan Noesen scored New Jersey's third goal, the game-winner, at 5:01 of the third period in his 100th career NHL game. His 9G this season marks a new career-high.

Damon Severson was named the game's Second Star. He recorded two assists (2PTS). Travis Zajac also logged a two assist (2PTS) game

Kyle Palmieri notched his third goal over the past two games, Feb. 24-27, and captain Andy Greene chipped in with one assist, his eighth of the season.

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 36 of 38 shots for his second win against Pittsburgh this season. It was his 26th game of 2017-18, which matched his career-high set last season.

TONIGHT @ FLORIDA

New Jersey will attempt to win its third consecutive game tonight in the second match of this three-game, road-trip, Feb. 27-Mar. 2. The Devils defeated the Penguins, 3-2, on Tuesday. They travel to Raleigh, NC following tonight's contest to complete their 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 6-4-2 in first games and is 6-6-0 in second games of back-to-backs in 2017-18.

New Jersey and Florida are both 1-1-0=2PTS after two head-to-head match-ups this season. New Jersey will look to win its first season-series against the Panthers since the 2014-15 campaign (2-1-0). The Devils are 1-2-2 at BB&T Center since the 2014-15 season, with tonight being the only game on Panthers home-ice during the 2017-18 season.
Nov. 11 - FLA 1 @ NJD 2
Nov. 27 - FLA 2 @ NJD 3

The Devils have killed all seven (7-7) FLA power play opportunities through their first two games.

HALL'S STREAKING

Taylor Hall continued his points-streak, scoring one goal and one assist (2PTS) for his 20th multiple-point game of 2017-18. The goal was his 27th of the season tying his career-high, which he accomplished on two occasions as an Edmonton Oiler during the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons.

Hall's consecutive point-streak now stands at 15 games from Jan. 30-Feb. 27, 10G-10A-20PTS. It is the longest in the NHL this season and he has tied the Devils franchise record (Patrik Elias, 1999-00; Brian Gionta, 2005-06). Hall has recorded at least one point in 22 straight appearances dating back to Jan. 2 at STL, 15G-17-32PTS.

During that 22 game span, he missed three games during that span due to an injury (right hand/thumb), Jan. 22-25.
According to NHL PR, Hall is just the fifth player in the last 25 years to record at least one point in 22 or more straight appearances, since the 1992-93 season.

Mats Sundin (Quebec , 1992-93; 30GP), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2015-16; 26GP), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2010-11; 25GP), and Dany Heatley (Ottawa, 2005-06, 25GP).

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