LAST GAME - MARCH 10: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 vs NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2 (SO)
New Jersey opened their six-game road trip by defeating the Nashville Predators, 3-2 in a shootout, to finish 1-1-0 against the Predators in 2017-18. Brian Boyle scored the game-deciding goal for the Devils in the fifth round of the shootout, while Keith Kinkaid stopped 34 of 36 shots (.944 SV%) and four out of the five attempts made by Nashville in the shootout.
The club is 7-6-1 (4-2-1 away) vs. the Central and is 12-11-3 (5-4-1 away) vs. all Western Conference opponents.
New Jersey is 3-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena since the 2013-14 season. The last time the Devils failed to pick up a point against Nashville in a season series was in 2010-11 (0-1-0). The two teams did not meet in the 2012-13 season.
The Devils were 3-3 while shorthanded against the Predators and have only allowed one power play goal in the clubs last 11 games (22-23, 95.7%), which ranks first in the NHL in that time period.
Sami Vatanen recorded his fourth goal of the season, 7:13 into the first period. Over the past six games, Vatanen has six points (2G-4A) and leads all Devils defensemen with 25 points (3G-22A) since December 1.
Miles Wood and Will Butcher had the assists on Vatanen's goal. It was Butcher's 32nd assist of the season, which leads all rookie defensemen.
In addition to the game-deciding goal, Boyle scored the Devils second goal of the game on a deflection, 11:24 into the second frame. The goal was Boyle's 13th of the season, tying his season totals from 2016-17 (13G-12A-25PTS).
Damon Severson and Patrick Maroon picked up the assists on Boyle's goal. It was Maroon's 20th assist of the season and his fifth point (1G-4A) in six games played as a Devil.
Kinkaid improved to 3-1-0 in his career against the Predators and is 7-3-0 in his last 10 starts.
TONIGHT vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Devils will close out their season series against the Golden Knights after dropping their first meeting, 3-2, on Mar. 4. With the loss, New Jersey fell to 6-3-1 in their first game against expansion teams, and 19-4-3 overall against teams in their inaugural season. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs at T-Mobile Arena.
New Jersey is 5-5-2 against the Pacific Division. On their six-game road-trip, four of their six opponents are from the Pacific. Vegas is tied for the 7th best Home record in the league, earning 50 of a possible 64 points.
Sami Vatanen scored his third goal of the season, his second with New Jersey, on the power play during the first period. Taylor Hall and Patrick Maroon had the assists on the man-advantage.
Hall went on to score the Devils second goal of the game, for his 30th goal of the season. He led the club with two points on the evening. It was also his 21st multi-point game of the season, tying his previous career-high (2013-14, EDM).
Cory Schneider stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.
David Perron led the Golden Knights with 2PTS (1G-1A), while Tomas Tatar scored the game winning goal on the power play at 17:43 of the second period.
Former Devil Jon Merrill (2013-17) notched one assist on the Golden Knights first goal.